Types of Squirrel Traps
Squirrel traps are the most commonly used methods for catching and removing squirrels in the attic or home. In fact, the best squirrel traps actually don’t catch the squirrel in attic at all, it simply prevents the squirrels from going back into your house.
We’ll start with this type of squirrel trap — the one-way exclusion door — since it’s humane and effective, then discuss other types of squirrel traps.
One-Way Exclusion Doors
These squirrel traps consist of a long cage with a spring loaded one-way door in the middle. It’s placed at the hole where the animals have been getting in and out of the attic or crawlspace. When the squirrel walks thru the cage, it activates the spring which closes behind it and the squirrel is free to leave but can’t get back in.
Repeating Live Cage Trap and Single Animal Live Cage Traps
This trap is like the one-way exclusion door but actually traps the squirrel in the cage without the ability for it to leave.
Body Grip Squirrel Traps
Imagine the old rat traps with bait and a spring-loaded bar used to kill the rat…then imagine it about three times bigger. These body grip devices are made for one thing–to kill the squirrel. While it can be effective, it does leave a mess and possibly an odor if not removed quickly.
To help encourage the squirrel or squirrels to leave your attic, it’s often a good idea to include a bait near or on the other side of your trap. Squirrels love food. Aromatic, nutty foods such as peanut butter or other nut paste work great. Place it very close to the opposite end of the trap and wait.