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.
Havahart Trap for Squirrels (I have great success with these)
There are two options for taking care of the squirrel once it is in the trap. You can transport it far away so it won't return. I've read that it needs to be at least 25 miles to prevent it from coming back to its territory. That's a 50 mile round-trip per captured squirrel.
The second option is to place the cage with the squirrel inside into enough water to cover the top of the cage. The squirrel quickly drowns.
This trap also comes in a 2-door version which gives a more open appearance to the animal. Both doors slam down at once when the squirrel nibbles the food on the lever. I use peanut butter (a small smear on the metal trip-lever).
Where Are Red Squirrels Giving You Trouble?
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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
The Chipmunkinator Trap Also Works for Squirrels
I've captured 4 red squirrels this summer using traps like this one and the Havahart. Usually, I'd catch just one and remove it, but the fellow in the photo must have had a real invasion of squirrels to capture that many in a short time.
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? Video Tutorial
Electronic Zapper - Instantly zaps any red squirrel that enters it
This is a quick and final solution for those who don't want to trap and relocate their squirrels. It kills them immediately when they enter the zapper.
This runs on batteries. A friend updates me regularly on the success he's having with this trap. Essentially, it zaps the squirrel with an electrical charge. I haven't personally tried it, because I'm having success with my existing Havahart and Chipmunkinator catch-and-release traps.
Demonstration Showing How to Use the Rat Zapper Ultra Device
Sites to Help 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.
This would work best to prevent new squirrels from homesteading in your yard. If squirrels are already settled in and have stored up food for the winter, they are reluctant to leave even when there is a threat like this.
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
You get a dozen of these so you don't have to keep moving them around to keep squirrels and birds frightened away. A friend tried just one rubber snake but when he moved the snake, the squirrels would attack plants in the area where the snake wasn't. With multiple snakes, you will be able to protect more areas. Moving them around will be beneficial to improve the deterrent effect with birds and squirrels.
Evidence of Squirrel Activity
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.
Telling the Squirrels Apart
More Problem Critters and What to Do about Them
- Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks
Chipmunks undermine decks and steps, chew on car wiring and cause other problems. Getting rid of them in a humane way is what most people want. Here are my recommendations.
- Chipmunk Trap Comparison Test
I've become an expert in chipmunk behavior. If you are having troubles with these pesky little fellows, here's my comparison test of two kinds of traps.
- Get Rid of Chipmunks - The Final Solution
Some people look just for humane solutions to pests, but if chipmunks are destroying your property, you need a solution fast. Here are some tested ways to clear out those destructive chipmunks.
- Get Rid of Moles
You are seeing raised earth indicating mole tunnels in your yard or garden. Take quick action with these methods to get rid of this pest. I had good success with these and no more moles for me.
- Get Rid of Yellowjackets
Plagued by yellow jacket wasps? These aren't easy to get rid of. I tried a variety of solutions and found one that worked for me. Here's my experience.
© 2012 Virginia Allain