Squirrel Intervention

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  1. rdinatal

    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Anyone here do squirrel evictions? There' some in the attic and I just don't have the time to evict them. Also need roof-soffit repair where they're getting in. The repair is the main issue as I don't do roof stuff.

    If no one does this, any recommendations?

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  3. Chdamn

    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Get you some big mouse traps and some
    Peanut butter. Then thrown them in the trash can.

    Get some wire mesh and a staple gun and cover the hole first. Problem solved.
     
  4. Carolinatlc

    Carolinatlc Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I’ve had the same problem multiple times. Have damage I need to have repaired again. This was a couple summers ago when I just spent $1800 having some damage repaired and 2 weeks later they chewed another hole in my fascia board to get in the attic. Killed 13 squirrels the first day and another 8 the next. Line them up belly up in the yard and hawks and raccoons get them.

    I’ve taken out 6-8 in the last couple weeks.
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    Big trap and peanut butter, they can't resist.
     
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    backwoodsshooter Wut do FC???! Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I am lucky, squirrels aren’t an issue yet for me
     
  7. rdinatal

    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Got it covered so far. Three snapped in a trap over the hole. Four fell to .22 pellet poisoning next to the bird feeder.

    My wife had a "Christmas Vacation" moment when she went to put something in the attic over the garage. She used to say 'let them be'. Now it's 'kill em'.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Bailey Boat Senior Member Charter Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    I've been on the warpath for the past 2 weeks killing them. Perfect time of year, females pregnant, one shot takes out half a dozen and even if they have kits in the nest if their not fed twice daily, their gone... Maximum effect....
     
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    I have Red Shouldered Hawks, so we don't have squirrel problems.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    We have hawks here too. Friggin lazy hawks...
     
  12. tod0987

    tod0987 Say What?

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    I used to live trap them and take them a few miles down the road but possums kept getting caught in the traps.

    If you can shoot them find a good hiding spot that you can access without them seeing you and bait it with loose corn for a week without shooting. Then go to town on them. I put a pile about 15yds in front of a pair of barn doors and shoot from the back of the barn out a crack in the door on the other side. I can usually get 3-4 in a day before they get skittish. Let the pile settle down for a day or so then smoke a few more. After a good 2 weeks of this I usually don't have any problems with them for a few months and the next new crop arrives. This is also a good way to get rid of fleas on your pets as they're the ones bringing them in to the yard, even with spraying with Bifin IT.

    If you can't shoot them "aka city folk" I found this set up good. Get a wide fence board and cut into thirds. Screw it together to form a tunnel. Then take two "Victor" rat traps and place them back to back in the middle of the tunnel with the trigger facing out. Make sure the trap clears the tunnel top and sides. Put peanut butter on the trigger but bird seed finely scattered leading up to it. Bird seed is better as you want them searching for the small pieces vs corn kernels and then "wack". This also works well with the big brown field mice (note the tunnel in the grass from the mice). This guy is toast.

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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Oh, I have a whole Saturday free to make one of these. It might not be as fun but it's open 24hrs a day!!!
     
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    The picture is the one with cheap $1.50 4" wide x 1/2" thick picket but recent ones used the bit more expensive $3 6" wide picket. It is wider and thicker for easier screwing and less warping. My uncle built some for chipmunks after they were causing issues with his foundation. The traps make a difference. The "Victors" hold up to the rain (Walmart & Tractor supply). The "tom cat" rat traps from lowes do not last. When they get wet, the spring force warps the wooden base and the trap is useless.
     
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    Is that a marauder?
     
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    Ive found .22 short out of a bolt action .22 rifle makes about the same noise as a pellet rifle but does a much better job putting squirrels down for those in noise sensitive areas. Generally much more accurate, aside from high dollar air rifles too.
     
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    Yep, that one is in 22. I also have a wood stocked one in 177.
     
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    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    @tod0987 thank you for that. I never thought about a tunnel and I just don't have the time to shoot the little tree rats like I used to. Looks like I'll be building one of these this weekend so I can thin the dang population down.
     
  19. rdinatal

    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Internal dims 6"x6", length 24" should do it. I'm making a hinged top so I don't get whacked by the traps!! I like excitement but, unlike others here :eek:, I don't get off on pain!
     
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    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    So you made a bottom on yours? I couldn't tell in the photo I just assumed it was open to the ground
     
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    "Tree rats" that's just what I call them. Oddly we fried up a mess of squirrel and rabbit and side-by-side a few years back and we all agreed the squirrel tasted better. That said, I don't eat these since they're not wild and eat from neighbors houses.

    Just make sure the trap can rotate and not hit the walls and roof. The tunnel keeps the squirrel crawling and head down when the trap springs. With just the plain rat trap they can pull back fast ... At least that is my theory.

    This theory also works great with house mice. I have a 2' piece of 1x scrap and scrap 4x4 pieces on the ends to stand it up. Put two mouse traps back to back parallel to the wall and then use the board to parallel the wall and funnel them in. I put it out every fall in the bonus room when the temperatures drop and the little guys come inside. My buddy's 3 car garage got infested this past fall when his daughter filled it up with her moving stuff... We made several of these 2 trap outfits and took out 19 over 2 days. We caught 2 just while putting out the traps. First yellow rat snake I catch will be put in there.
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    tod0987 Say What?

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    You can make a box or just an inverted U shape and drop the tunnel over the traps once set.
     
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    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I finally, after 5 long years, captured another black snake and released him in my yard yesterday.

    Had a 10 foot one that was cool and some laborers killed it. Thought they were doing me a favor. I used to pick him up and move him when I was mowing, wasn't aggressive and I had no copperheads and didn't have a squirrel problem either.

    A year after they killed Leroy one of my dogs got tagged by a copperhead and I saw about 5 more of them and the squirrel population exploded. I keep a suppressed 22 by the back facing toilet and take out about 20 every spring but they still have caused damage.

    This is a great way to get them without worrying about hurting my dogs.
     
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    Yea people don't realize how much good those snakes are.

    The ones out of the thicker boards are at my parents place but here is one of the first iterations using the thin 4"x6' pickets. Note the warping. It still works I just pull the sides apart some.
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    I just might make it a box. That way I can put it on uneven surfaces. Plus attach the traps to the box so they won't run off...
     
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    That's a nice air rifle. I'm sitting on my porch now waiting for a brave starling to show itself. I'm using a lowly gamo big cat wisper in 17
     
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    NO NO NO, never cover the opening first. That's a great way to trap them inside, then they either die and stink up the place OR claw thru the drywall into an interior room.
    Seen both in my Animal Damage Control biz back in the day.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Correct! Install a one way door. I have a trap after that so they don't can't think of comming back.
     
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    BBD280 God, Guns and Guts

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    This.....until you wake up one morning with your wife screaming at the top of her lungs because the two squirrels you've trapped in the attic have chewed a hole through the bathroom ceiling and have run across her in the bed, you don't know misery........ Especially when you ignore her pleas to open the window so they can escape and proclaim that animals that invade a real man's house must die......and when you slightly miss a brain shot with the Gamo on one of said vermin and they run laps up and down a set of custom made curtains spraying blood until it cashes out, there is NO peace. Don't ask me how I know.
     
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    To MAKE SURE YOU'RE DONE, stuff newspaper in the hole(s) for a couple days and if it stays put, your done, if its knocked out YOU'RE NOT done trapping them.
    A Colony Trap for muskrats is great with it's 1 way doors IF you can wire it in proper positioning. Sorry don't have them on my website...sold out.
     
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    My former neighbor up in Lowell MA list one get breeder Yorkies to a river hawk. That darn bird came back to her yard eberry day for a couple weeks hoping for another meal.

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    I just had a white baby squirrel climbing up the screen on one of our front windows.
     
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    I’ve always used a squirrel pole with 110 connibear traps and that seems to work better than anything else


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    RetiredUSNChief Get over it, snowflake. Charter Life Member

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    I want to prime my carbide cannon then bait one into the 3" barrel.

    I want to see how far down range I can launch one.

    (Video of the cannon is with my signature below.)
     
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