I’ve been seeing several squirrels hanging around my bird feeder and it’s starting to get me nervous. First, they eat all the bird seed they can and theyre such hogs. Second, they seem to fight a lot and now I notice them climbing on my house. I don’t think this is good so I want to move them away but I don’t want to kill them. How can I trap them if they’re not in my house yet? I’m afraid if I use a trap out in the yard some other animal will get caught.
To trap a squirrel is quite easy. We have a bunch of information posted on line in our SQUIRREL CONTROL ARTICLE including a large trap selection, what types of lure to use and where to make the set.
In your situation, it’s extra easy because you already know where most of the activity is focused. This is usually important to get a fast catch when dealing with any animal. If you know where they are active, you can usually get them quicker and more effectively. In your case, it’s obvious that the set must be made below the bird feeder. Undoubtedly the squirrels like hanging out there and since the trap lures them with food, it’s a natural setting to make a set. Go with either the LT5518, LT5518RD or the camouflaged GREEN TRAP. Any of these will work.
And when trapping squirrels around a bird feeder, it’s good to use the bird seed as the main bait. I like to use a tray which I make from plastic cups. I cut away 75% of the cup (top section) and use the bottom only. I place a teaspoon of TRAPPERS CHOICE PECAN PASTE in it along with some bird seed sprinkled over it and get excellent results. Good luck!!