sometimes, trying to detter a squirrel from a nusiance behavior is not enough. Squirrels living in your attic, damaging your home or killing your trees by stripping off the bark are examples of times when physically removing the squirrel from your property may be necessary.
Trapping squirrels is relatively easy. As determined as squirrels are to get into bird feeders for a little bit of food, it doesn’t require much to persude them to climb into a trap.
live traps are designed to catch the squirrel alive without hurting it. The cages typically work by placing food on a weight sensitive plate that’s connected to the door. When the squirrel enters the cage and steps on the plate, the door drops behind him and locks. Sounds simple right? But that’s where it gets complicated.
Once a squirrel is captured most people will take the squirrel to a park or wooded area nearby, assuming he’ll make a new life for himself. What they don’t know is that squirrels have a powerful and accurate homing ability. Experiments show that 80% of squirrels released within two miles of where they were captured return to their home.
The further away a squirrel is released the less likely it will be to return. But don’t start making your plans just yet because when I say “further away” I mean far, far away. From even five miles away a small percentage of squirrels will make it back home again.
If using this method my recommendation is to release the squirrel on the other side of a river, (squirrels can swim so I’m specifically referring to a river and not a stream, creek, or canal). Once you’re on the other side of the river, if you can add in an extra mile for good measure, go for it.
One point to note however is that there may also be squirrel haters from the other side of the river bringing their trapped squirrels to your side of the river.
I’ve also written some additional tips on using live traps for squirrels.