Get Rid of Red Squirrels
Are Red Squirrels Making You Crazy?
Red squirrels are notorious for the damage they can cause to a house or a vehicle. They are considered much more invasive than gray squirrels.
If you've suffered from red squirrels and need to stop them, check out the solutions I offer below. There are a variety of ways to rid your yard and home of these pests, you just need to chose which one fits your situation.
Cute at First - Destructive over Time
Red Squirrels in the Yard or in the Home
My neighbor's recreational vehicle was destroyed by red squirrels getting into the undercarriage and chewing through the hydraulic lines. What a mess as the hydraulic fluid drained down inside everything. Nothing would work and it had to be towed back to the factory and replaced.
Needless to say, he is paranoid now and just the sight of one of these critters sends him to his shed to get out the trusty Havahart trap. I can't blame him after the thousands of dollars in damage they caused to his RV.
Since you are here, I bet you have a story to tell of damage done by these critters to your home, auto or garden. When you get to the very end of this page, there's a guestbook. I'd love to get your input on your squirrel problems.
Photo by Virginia Allain.
Havahart Squirrel Trap
I consider these traps fairly foolproof. The single door trap (shown here) is easier to set than the double one. Bait the trap with some peanut butter on the trip lever in the center of the cage. My neighbor puts some bread with peanut butter into the trap. He's caught 7 red squirrels over the last couple of months. I just put the bait right on the lever.
You can sprinkle a few sunflower seeds at the entrance and into the trap if you want to get fancy.
Where Are Red Squirrels Giving You Trouble?
Squirrel Mug Shot Greeting Cards by Zazzle and WelcomeTraditions
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They Should Call This the Squirrel-ator Too - The Chipmunkinator Works for Squirrels Just Fine
Here's the new trap that I tried out last summer. Worked fine for the red squirrels. It was sent to me by the manufacturer to review for its chipmunk catching capabilities.
Squirrel in a Chipmunkinator Trap
I've captured 4 red squirrels this summer using traps like this one and the Havahart.
How to Make Your Own Squirrel Trap - An old-fashioned box trap
If you are a real do-it-yourself kind of person, have a look at these videos. They may inspire you to make your own squirrel traps. Good luck!
Want to Make Your Own Trap?
Rat Zapper Ultra - Instantly zaps any red squirrel that enters it
This is a quick solution for those who don't want to trap and relocate their squirrels.
Demonstration Showing How to Use the Rat Zapper Ultra Device
Rat Zappers for Sale on eBay - These work for squirrels too
These auctions change regularly. Don't miss out... get your bid in before the deadline.
Sites to Solve Your Red Squirrel Problems
- How to Legally Live-trap and Relocate Squirrels in the State of Maryland
TomComKnowsHow tells what permit you need before trapping squirrels in the state of Maryland and gives advice on trapping them.
- Directory of Professional Companies Who Can Help With Squirrel Problems
Directory of Professional Companies Who Can Help With Squirrel Problems - This list is arranged by state. If you don't want to mess with trying to trap squirrels in your attic, you can call a professional to handle it.
- Photos of Damage from Squirrels in Attic - Torn Ducts, Wires, Pipes
If you want to see what squirrel damage looks like to wiring or to a house, check out these photos.
Squirrel Deterrants - that I've seen suggested for red squirrels
I haven't personally tried these, but you can click on the photo to see how much the reviewers liked each one.
Impressive Owl with Moving Wings
There are a number of variations on this. Some are solar with moving head and glowing eyes. This one has wings that move with the breeze.
If you were a squirrel would you want to hang out in a yard with an owl? Owls love rodents like mice, chipmunks and squirrels.
Too Cute, But Also Too Destructive
A Snake Serves to Deter, But Most People Don't Want a Real Snake in Their Garden
Try a Snake to Keep away the Red Squirrels from the Garden
One reviewer recommended getting three of these and moving them around to keep squirrels and birds frightened away. At first he had just one and when he moved the snake, the squirrels would attack plants in the area where the snake wasn't. With three, he was able to protect more areas.
A Variety of Sprays That Promise to Deter Squirrels
Warning BEWARE OF THE SQUIRRELS Sticker by warningsignshirts at Zazzle
This one has mixed reviews too. Several said it really worked for squirrels and several said it was a waste of money.
Oh Oh, There's Another One
One reviewer said it kept squirrels off his bird feeder but another said it didn't work for him for that. A third reviewer said it kept his neighbor's barking dog away from the fence. Let's call this one a draw.
How to Recognize Red Squirrels
- Is That A Red Squirrel Or A Gray Squirrel?
Fox squirrels may look like both gray squirrels and red squirrels, but they're a completely different animal. And they're not extinct, contrary to what some people might think.