How to Remove Squirrels Without Hurting Them

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How to Remove Squirrels Without Hurting ThemHousehold animal infestations are becoming a bigger threat than ever. Because of the current rise in attention to animal rights, you might be torn on how to ethically handle the situation when discovering a squirrel infestation in your home. Luckily, you don’t have to abandon your values to prevent squirrels from causing harm to themselves and your property. To safely remove squirrels from your Tampa home, take a look at the following humane wildlife guidelines. 

Entry and Exit Point Repair 

While you’re trying to safely put a stop to your squirrel problem, you must also make sure it’s not getting larger in the meantime. Starting with a thorough inspection of your property, identify and mark any possible points of entry that could be big enough for squirrels—usually two and a half inches or larger. Keep in mind that holes the size of a quarter are still large enough for smaller rodents.  

After you find each potential point of entry, repair the cracks, gaps, and openings with durable materials like caulk, wire mesh, and steel wool. These materials are sturdy enough to prevent squirrels from chewing, scratching, or squeezing through. Furthermore, correctly applying the materials leaves no small spaces for squirrels to get trapped and injured while trying to make their way inside.  

Live Trapping and Exclusion 

By selecting the right size live squirrel trap, you can safely capture ones nesting in your home and relocate them to an outside area that can better meet their needs. With live trapping, however, constant checks are essential. Because squirrels can get trapped and have no access to food or water, it’s important that you monitor your traps and quickly relocate the animals. 

Exclusion is another humane squirrel trapping strategy. Many homeowners prefer this method because it releases squirrels into the wild without physical human handling. By setting up a one-way trap leading from the inside to the outside of your home, exclusion allows squirrels to safely leave your building without having the option to reenter. 

While live trapping and exclusion are two of the most humane ways to handle a squirrel infestation, they can still be dangerous without professional application. 

Safe Squirrel Trapping in Tampa 

To keep our local residents and our local ecosystem safe, the technicians at Critter Control® of Tampa use only the safest methods for effective wildlife control. Our licensed wildlife removal specialists handle squirrels with humane and eco-friendly practices, including exclusion and live trapping, which respect all local and federal guidelines. For more information on how we can safely handle your residential wildlife issue, call us today at 813-948-0870.

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