- Trapping and caging
- Using frightening devices
- Resorting to chemicals
Trapping and CagingWhile contacting the professionals should be your first reaction to a squirrel problem, trapping and caging as well as other methods listed here could prove helpful for a mild problem. When it comes to trapping, you can choose from a number of different traps. Body grip traps are one option, but they are meant to be lethal, which are often cruel and inhumane. One-way door cages are another choice for helping to remove squirrels from your home. But, it doesn’t stop them from coming back and chewing a new way into your home. You can also try live bait traps that are more humane and most practical of the three. But, before you go out and buy traps, check to see whether trapping squirrels is LEGAL in your area.
- Squirrels in attics are capable of chewing wiring, insulation and structural wood
Using Frightening DevicesAnother tactic you can try to use when faced with a squirrel infestation is “persuading” the invaders to leave on their own rather than trapping and physically removing them yourself. The tools and techniques designed for this mostly include frightening devices such as ultrasonic sound producers, radio noise and strobe lights. Though, it needs to be said that these methods rarely prove successful as squirrels may simply ignore them if they’re caring for their young or just get used to the devices.
Resorting To ChemicalsIt is highly important to understand that chemicals such as poison and repellents aren’t humane or particularly effective in most cases. They can also be illegal in your area. Squirrels are exceptionally territorial and can’t be easily swayed to find a new home just because of smells caused by repellents. Besides, smells can perhaps discourage squirrels from living in your yard but will do little to make them go away completely, if the critters already have a nest in your home. On the other hand, poisoning the squirrels is a similarly bad idea as it may be illegal in your area and the decomposing carcass may create a health hazard for your family. Additionally, it is inhumane to poison a mother squirrel and orphan the babies.
- Squirrels have oily fur that will stain around their entry points