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What Equipment Is Needed to Trap a Squirrel?If squirrels have taken up residence in your attic, garage, walls, or other spot in your home, you’ll need professional equipment to deal with it. However, trapping squirrels isn’t as simple as you might think. Here are a few common types of traps that work well for catching squirrels.

Humane Squirrel-Trapping Equipment

Lethal equipment including poisons and steel traps that clamp down on the animal, like classic mousetraps, are for the most part illegal to use on squirrels in Florida. The following types of squirrel traps capture the animals alive:

  • Live traps

    include various types of cages you use with or without bait depending on how they’re placed. Repeater traps catch multiple animals. Generally, when the squirrel enters and walks in far enough, it steps on a trigger that closes the door. These come in many different styles and sizes, so check the packaging to be sure it’s a model recommended for squirrels.

  • Sherman traps

    are solid rectangular boxes that come in folding (collapsible) and non-folding variations. You place bait at the back, and the squirrel walks over a trigger mechanism that closes the door. Look for a model with small holes in it to reduce the risk of the animal overheating.

  • Tube traps

    are similar to Sherman traps. But, as you might have guessed, they’re tube shaped.

Equipment to Protect Your Safety

  • Gloves

    Wearing thick work gloves while handling a trap and releasing squirrels can protect you from infectious diseases.

  • Goggles

    Squirrels are fast and unpredictable, so protecting your eyes should not be overlooked.

  • Thick clothing

    Long-sleeved clothes is an important precaution against bites and scratches, which don’t just hurt, but can spread disease.

The risks posed by squirrels should only be undertaken by trained professionals. So, before attempting to snag a nuisance squirrel on your own, it’s best to contact the wildlife removal experts at Critter Control® of Tampa.

Have Squirrels in Your Home?

If you suspect you have squirrels in your home, let our expert technicians humanely deal with it. They’ll ensure all points of entry are sealed off and that all damage is discovered. Get a free estimate or more information regarding our CritterSafe® services, by calling us today at 813-948-0870.

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