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#3123292 - 01/14/13 12:22 PM Squirrel Trapping - Help!
4 Point

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 400
Loc: Tennesssee, US

So since I moved in to my new apartment, I have been overrun with squirrels. I thought once the season started I could take my little nephews pellet gun and take care of my problem. However, I noticed that was a pretty ambitious goal after seeing around 30 squirrels in the span of about 1 hour.

The only way to really take care of this is to put a few traps on my roof and in an abandoned section of our apartment (ok with landlord). The landlord "agrees" to help me but her solutions are pretty silly and usually the cheapest way out.

Do any of you have good suggestions for trapping? The only traps I know of do not consistently catch squirrels (trigger trap with stick and string). These things don't make a peep during hte day but at about 11pm they go nuts. I have no access to an attic crawl space so my traps will have to go around holes and on the roof.

Thanks! Afterwards, my contribution can be a good recipe for squirrels in the cooking forum lol.

#3123298 - 01/14/13 12:26 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: BirdDog123]
6 Point

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 744
Loc: Collierville, TN

Look up some videos on Youtube for squirrel snares. Use them around the holes they are using to get in at. Bet it will work.
"I would say my favorite gun is whatever is next to me with the most ammo." Ted Nugent

#3123393 - 01/14/13 01:36 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: CPerkins]
Happy Birthday trealtree
16 Point

Registered: 09/29/04
Posts: 10828
Loc: Middle Tennessee

A pellet gun enthusiast with a quality/silenced gun should do the job. I have killed over 30 before in 2 months out of 2 pecan trees in the front yard.
There is only 1 Absolute.

#3123484 - 01/14/13 02:41 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: trealtree]
10 Point

Registered: 08/09/08
Posts: 3296
Loc: SouthWest TN

How about a sign on the roof that says "Hey, you...Squirrel...go somewhere else."

There won't be a quick solution no matter what you do. But thinning them out with a good powered pellet rifle is a good start. Get out in the yard early in the morning and you'll see them coming and going. When I had this problem I actually put a pop-up blind up in the yard so my presence didn't scare them.

#3123487 - 01/14/13 02:43 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: trealtree]

Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 96
Loc: dunlap, tn

Knew an older lady that lived on the lake. Squirrels were eating her house up. She would catch them in a live trap and then drop the trap off the edge of her dock and tie it off. She called it "baptizing squirrels ". Check tractor supply for traps.
#3123758 - 01/14/13 05:53 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: Nitro]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

Small Live trap and peanut butter.
Team Run 'N Gunners

#3125542 - 01/15/13 07:11 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: timberjack86]
8 Point

Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1325
Loc: Mt. Eagle

Wher do ya live ?? ther mite be someone close that can out. (hint hint)
When I was just a baby, my mama told me son, always be a good boy, dont ever play with guns.

#3128771 - 01/17/13 07:09 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: FOX FIRE]
8 Point

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 1469
Loc: baxter TN

I would say you have a flying squirrel problem!!
Patience is the art of hoping. TnLynn

#3129790 - 01/18/13 04:02 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: TNLynn]
Diehard Hunter
12 Point

Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 6980
Loc: East Tennessee

Squirrels can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially this time of year. Your best bet for grey squirrels is a cage trap like those made by havahart and tomahawk. For bait use a piece of white bread with peanut butter, honey and sunflower seeds on it. Make sure the door is facing down slope on the roof so it will close properly. Set the traps in the attic and on the outside next to where they are entering and exiting the attic.

If you have flying squirrels, you will have burrows in your insulation in the attic. For them, you will need Sherman box traps. Some will recommend snap traps, but I do not. I do not know where you are located, but if you are in the right part of the state you could potentially catch a northern flying squirrel which is on the state endangered list and is listed as locally endangered by the Feds.

In all honesty, you and your landlord will save a lot of time and headache if you go ahead and hire a professional animal damage control company. They are listed on the twra website.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

#3129795 - 01/18/13 04:05 PM Re: Squirrel Trapping - Help! [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Diehard Hunter
12 Point

Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 6980
Loc: East Tennessee

Just noticed you said it was night time activity. Probably flying squirrels. Good luck keeping them out. Any hole larger than 1/2 inch will let them back in. You can also make a one way door to let them out, then seal the hole so they cannot come back in. If you want more info. On the one way door, send me a message. It is cheap and easy to build, and doesn't require checking every day.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

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