Squirrel Traps

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.

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Live Cage Trap

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.

Squirrel Baits

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.



Professional Squirrel Removal

Perhaps the best way to remove squirrels in your attic is to call a professional wildlife removal company.  They have plenty of experience removing squirrels and other rodents from different areas of your house or attic.  Plus, they know the laws of your state and county for disposing of the animal. What to expect from … Continue reading

Squirrel Repellents

Squirrel Repellants come in three basic categories–natural, chemical, electronic and physical barriers.  I prefer the natural squirrel repellants since they are normally very effective and most don’t want to see the physical barriers in the backyard or garden. Natural Squirrel Repellants These are generally homemade, pepper-based recipes that you can spray onto plants and entry … Continue reading

Best ways to get rid of squirrels in the attic

Your attic or sidewalls make great homes for squirrels.  This is unfortunate because they create quite the nuisance for the homeowner to deal with–constant scratching sounds, damage to the house, and even health hazards.  However, there are several methods to remove a squirrel in attic.  Ideally, you’ll want to seek a professional who can humanely … Continue reading