How to Catch Squirrels With Traps

Where to Find Squirrels

Squirrels are commonly found in the area in attics, crawlspaces, walls and eaves around the home. They are most active in the spring and fall when they search for shelter and food. A squirrel’s diet mostly consists of nuts, roots, tree bark, leaves, acorns and small insects. When you notice a squirrel problem it’s important to quickly contact a squirrel expert in the area that is trained in squirrel trapping. Squirrels can run fairly quickly, jump long distances and scale nearly anything, so trying to implement your own methods of squirrel trapping can quickly turn into a huge mess.

How to Identify a Squirrel Problem

It’s easy to identify a squirrel when you see the bushy tail, small paws, short legs and long fur, but it can be harder to determine the type of squirrel. Ground squirrels include Belding squirrels, California squirrels, Rock squirrels, Richardson squirrels, Townsend squirrels, Washington squirrels and Columbian squirrels. Tree squirrels include eastern gray squirrels, fox squirrels, tassel-eared squirrels and western gray squirrels. Most squirrels will flee if you walk towards them and you may see one in the area scurry up a tree. If you hear scurrying and scratching noises in your walls or ceiling, notice damage or holes on the exterior of the house or smell urine, you may have a squirrel problem. Squirrels are most active in the morning, so pay attention to when you hear the noises. If you suspect a squirrel problem, contact the squirrel trapping specialists at Critter Control for squirrel trapping services.

Why Squirrels are Important

Although squirrels can be a big nuisance and cause a lot of damage very quickly, they are important to nature. Since they naturally dig and bury seeds and nuts, they are a huge contributor to keeping forests dense, helping with reforestation and aerating the soil as they dig. Other animals find shelter in the tunnels they dig. They also provide natural insect control, especially for beetles and grubs. Squirrels are important ecologically, but they provide no benefits if they are living in your home, so contact Critter Control for squirrel trapping services if you have a squirrel problem.

Why You Find Squirrels in the Yard and Squirrels Around the House

Squirrels will build nests in the area wherever they can find shelter, often for their young. They will live in the same location as long as they are not threatened if squirrel trapping is not put in place. Squirrels can dig under sheds and houses to gain access and once they gain access through one entry point, they will continue digging to store food and create other entry points. If you notice squirrels running in and out of your shed, home, attic or garage, contact Critter Control for squirrel trapping services.

What Damage and Hazards are Caused from Squirrels

Squirrels can cause a great deal of damage if they gain access to your home, garage or shed. They will destroy attic insulation, chew through the exterior of a home and chew through electrical wiring. A squirrel will build a nest in an attic for litters, which generally happens in the spring and fall and can be very noisy, especially in the morning around sunrise. Squirrels can also carry certain diseases, parasites and fleas. They generally flee when they feel threatened and they don’t normally bite, but it’s important to stay away and contact an expert trained in squirrel trapping in the area if you notice anything unusual.

Squirrel Removal

Removing squirrels can be very tricky since they run, climb and jump very quickly. Squirrel trapping is the safest option and will require a squirrel trapping expert. Critter Control squirrel trapping specialists will trap and relocate squirrels and may use toxicants or fumigants to force squirrels out of a location.

How to Prevent a Squirrel Problem

Preventing a small squirrel problem from becoming a large squirrel problem requires exclusion and sealing possible entry points. Sealing known access points with metal can deter squirrels from trying to chew or reopen the entry points. Squirrel trapping and squirrel relocation helps to prevent squirrels from gaining access to shelter in your home. Contact the squirrel trapping experts at Critter Control for squirrel trapping services.

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