While plenty of squirrel removal solutions exist, none of them have the same results. When it comes to squirrel removal, some methods are better than others. Removing a squirrel is a job best left to wildlife removal professionals who know how to evict squirrels safely, effectively, and permanently.
If you’re exploring several removal options, it’s best to avoid the five scenarios below.
Poisons are one of the most inhumane methods for wildlife removal. Not only is using poison cruel, it usually doesn’t result in the animal making it far out of your home. More often than not, you’re stuck locating a dead squirrel.
Do your homework first when it comes to animal removal, particularly if you think all poisons work regardless of the critter. Removing a squirrel with poison is especially ineffective because there isn’t a registered or effective poison for squirrels.
In addition to the inhumane factor, having it around the home risks accidental ingestion and spill. A rotting squirrel carcass increases the chance of disease spreading through your home, too, and it could mean a bigger repair job to get rid of the animal. Whether it’s rat poison or anticoagulants, poison is a health risk best avoided.
2. DIY Trap and Relocate
The DIY live trap and relocate option sounds like a great idea. Many hear “live” and think it’s a better option than exterminating it. Unfortunately, this solution easily becomes a problem for the animal. In fact, this strategy has a low success rate. You need to be aware of trapping laws that define how to trap the animal and where to release it, as well as cruelty laws in case trapping results in harming wildlife.
Trap and relocation often separates young from their mothers. This ineffective method commonly results in more harm than good, as relocated squirrels fight to find basic resources and risk competition from established squirrels in the area. Most die after relocation.
The kill trap is another inhumane option with a nasty outcome. Should the trap work, you’re also stuck with the unfortunate problem of cleaning it and disposing of the animal. Without proper techniques, you risk exposing yourself to diseases and bacteria. Just like live traps, these traps potentially create orphans.
Using traps when removing a squirrel is one of many things to avoid if there’s wildlife living in your home. It might catch one squirrel, but it doesn’t deal with the mess left behind, such as nests and pheromones that attract other animals.
4. Noise Machines
Noise machines are completely ineffective. Not only have studies been inconclusive regarding results, squirrels may become accustomed to the noise to the point where it no longer bothers them.
These machines are recommended because the changing frequency of sound is said to irritate squirrels, preventing them from getting too comfortable in their current environment. It’s a temporary result that, if successful, disrupts a squirrels’ surroundings to the point where it’s undesirable, but it rarely leads to permanent eviction.
Repellants come in many forms: powders, sprays—even pellets. Many argue repellants are more humane simply because they don’t kill squirrels. Some eco-friendly services recommend mixing the repellent in squirrel food to deter them or just placing it in the home’s roof, foundation, and attic.
Sprays are recommended in areas of the home where you notice squirrels are loitering, but again, this option only provides temporary relief. Squirrels often end up back in the house, finding alternative entrances inside. Repellants may work for a brief period, but they won’t keep squirrels out for good.
For a long-term fix that works when removing a squirrel, you need professional wildlife services. They’ll handle this situation thoroughly, from assessment and eviction to clean-up and decontamination. They’ll ensure your home is squirrel-free now and in the future.