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Best Trap for Squirrels-How to Get Rid of Squirrels

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If you have a squirrel problem in your yard or your house, keep reading. Today, we are going to give you some great options for removing squirrels the humane way. We are going to go review the best live trap for squirrels. In our last article, we reviewed how to safely remove chipmunks from your yard. We will not be reviewing any trap that will harm or even kill the squirrel. If you have read any of our other articles, you know that we only review traps that will not harm or kill the animal. Killing the animal is our last resort.

Why Remove Squirrels from Your Yard

Ok, I know that squirrels are cute animals. I do like sitting on my deck and watching the squirrels run around chasing each other. It is pretty cheap entertainment. But there are some reasons that you may need to remove squirrels from your yard or house. Here are some reasons that you may need to remove squirrels from your property:

  • They get into the attic or crawl space-squirrels sometimes can find an opening in your house and get up into your attic or crawl space. If they get up into your attic or into your crawl space, they can cause some problems. Their droppings can make a big mess and they can also nest up in your attic and have babies in your attic. They also can get into your attic and start chewing on the wood and wires up in your attic. Obviously, after you remove the squirrels from your attic or crawl space, you need to find the opening that they used to get into the attic and seal it. These are really good reasons to remove squirrels from your house or your yard.
  • Squirrels can fight with your pets-once in a while, a squirrel will get into your yard and your pet will confront it. Any animal that is cornered will fight back. You don’t want  a squirrel to bite your pet. So if you are having squirrels fighting with your pets, you may need to remove them from your yard.
  • They can carry diseases-another reason that you may want to remove squirrels from your yard is that they can carry diseases. Some of the diseases that they can carry are Salmonellosis, lyme disease, tularemia, leptospirosis and rabies!! You don’t want your child or pets contracting these diseases.

These are just some of the reasons that you may want to remove squirrels from your property. Again, if they are not bothering you, your pets or your kids, then, by all means, enjoy watching them run in your yard. Removing them is only if you are having problems with the squirrels.

Best Live Trap for Squirrels-What to Look for Before Purchasing

If you are going to go the route of live trapping squirrels and safely relocating them to another wooded area, there are certain features that you want in your live trap. Here are some of the important features to look for before purchasing your live trap:

  • Price-obviously, you don’t want to break the bank when purchasing a live trap. There are good live traps that are under $50-$75 that can get the job done.
  • Handle-make sure that the live trap has a handle. You don’t want your fingers poking into the trap when carrying it. Even though the squirrel looks cute, it is still a trapped animal and they will fight back.
  • Sharp edges-check to make sure that the inside of the trap doesn’t have any sharp edges. You don’t want to squirrel to cut itself on any sharp edges.
  • Easy release door-when you take the trap to a different location, you want to make sure that you can easily open the release door and move away before the squirrel gets out.
  • Size of the cage-not all squirrels are the same size. Make sure that the cage is big enough to catch the squirrel. Also, if the squirrel is in the cage all night, make sure it has a little room to move around.

Best Trap for Squirrels-Our Reviews

Now that we have gone over some reasons to remove squirrels from your yard and also what to look for when purchasing a live squirrel trap, we are now going to go over our reviews of the best trap for squirrels. Again, we are only going to review live traps. We are not going to review traps that can kill the squirrel. Killing the squirrel should be your last resort. Onto the reviews:

Havahart 1030 Live Animal Two-Door Squirrel Trap–Our Top Pick!!

Our top pick for the best trap for squirrels is the Havahart 1030 Live Animal Two-Door Squirrel Trap. Havahart has been making animal traps since 1940 and the 1030 Live Animal Two Door Trap is one of their best. Here are some of the features that we love about the Havahart 1030 Live Animal Two Door Squirrel Trap:

  • We love the 2 doors-animals can enter from either end
  • Reasonable price
  • Great company
  • Nice metal handle
  • Rust resistant wire mesh
  • Smaller openings in mesh
  • Handle guards for transporting animal
  • Works on other animals

Some things we didn’t like:

  • Takes practice setting the trap

Here is a great video showing how to set the Havahart trap for a squirrel:

 

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Humane Live Animal Trap 31″X10.5″X11.5″ Catch Release Cage

This is a little larger trap that we really like. Here are some features that we really liked about the Humane Live Animal Trap:

  • It’s a little larger
  • Reasonable price
  • Rust resistant wire mesh
  • Trigger rod is outside so animal won’t damage it
  • Collapsible
  • 1 year limited guarantee

What we didn’t like:

  • Because it is bigger, you may not catch the animal you are after

Here is a great video showing how to set the live trap up and catch a rodent!!!

 

 

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Havahart 1077 Small Professional Style One-Door Animal Trap for Squirrels

Havahart comes in with a really nice live trap for squirrels. Here are some of the features that the really liked about the Havahart 1077 One Door Live Animal Trap:

  • One door makes it easier to set
  • Great company
  • Reasonable price
  • Metal handle with handle guards for safe transporting
  • Smaller mesh openings
  • Rust and corrosion resistant
  • Smooth edges as to not hurt the animal

Some things we didn’t like

  • Can only catch animal from one end

Here is a really nice video on selecting a place for your trap:

 

Click Here To View the Havahart 1077 Live Animal Trap on Amazon

Well, there you have it. These are our top 3 best live traps for squirrels. Please feel free to leave a comment!!