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Got a problem. Squirrels in the attic.

They chewed their way in, but I need to get them gone before closing it up.

Anyone here that can post their experiences, please do so.

Thanks in advance.
 

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get you some quality rat traps and mechanic's wire.
drill a small hole in the back corner of each trap on the end
where the wire bail that holds the trap jaw open is
fastened, and put a roughly 18" length of mechanic's
wire through the hole and twist it tight. now you have
a wire lanyard that you can fasten to something and the
squirrel can't drag it away. bait with peanut butter and
set.
good luck
 

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Ranger99 said:
get you some quality rat traps and mechanic's wire.
drill a small hole in the back corner of each trap on the end
where the wire bail that holds the trap jaw open is
fastened, and put a roughly 18" length of mechanic's
wire through the hole and twist it tight. now you have
a wire lanyard that you can fasten to something and the
squirrel can't drag it away. bait with peanut butter and
set.
good luck
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Ditto
Some solder a spike to the bail to assure a good hold and hopefully a quick kill.
 

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Good advice, they love p-nut butter.

it's easy to build a box trap for outside using those same traps. unless you have tree hugger neighbors.
 

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You could make a cone out of hardware cloth and attach it to the outside of the house. Then they can leave, but can't get back in. Saves having a dead squirrel in the wall or something.
 

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you can trap the smaller variety squirrels like the smaller greys with a rat trap .... the larger red guys will take a conibear ..... but even the greys need a rat trap that's slightly modified ....

older type traps ... if you're going to use the traps outdoors regularly they need to waterproofed .... the white wood will crap out fast .... soak the entire trap in wood preservative for a day or so .... then paint with a good enamel paint ....

the traps need extra spring tension .... raise the spring end that's bottomed out against the wood base and insert a threaded nut or spacer (3/16- 1/4 inch) ....

a "spike" strip makes a faster & cleaner kill .... a series of nails or a carpet tack strip across the striker bar end of the trap will do the job ....

use peanut butter for the occasional use or wire a whole peanut to the bait trigger for regular trap usage .....

if using outdoors and having problems with other varmits like skunks or ***** tripping the traps .... garage the trap in a enclosed box with a 1 inch access hole - just big enough for a squirrel's head ....
 

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Thanks for all the quick replies.

The rat traps, baiting and the cone are all something that most likely will be used.

May have a co worker supply a couple havahart traps. Either way will be fine for me.
 

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Illini said:
.... the larger red guys will take a conibear .....
if you don't already have some, it would be wise to pick
up a half a dozen 110's . they'll always be useful and
last forever + 3 days with minimum care. i don't trap
as a pro, and i have quite a few asst. traps.
always a good investment.
read the trapping forum here too. lots of good tips to
be had from the guys that do it for $ $
 

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:) Howdy! Just so you will know. If you plan to live trap and relocate the squirrels you must take them at least 5 miles as the crow flies from your attic. If you take them only 4 miles, they will be back. Best of luck!
Always,
Gene
 

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Thanks again for the help.

Former GF had a neighbor trap them and drop them at a state park a few miles away. He seemed to recognize them so he started painting their tails and dropping them off.

The GF looks out the window one day and a red tailed grey squirrel is looking at her 5 feet away! Yup, they will go more than a few miles to get back.

He ended up driving about 15 miles across a river and dropping them there.
 

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I usually drop a 22 short just behind the head. Never had one come back yet. 😆
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Once they hit the dumplin pot they are pretty much done. :D ear
 

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POC said:
You could make a cone out of hardware cloth and attach it to the outside of the house. Then they can leave, but can't get back in. Saves having a dead squirrel in the wall or something[/color].

Verry good point!

Also ..... not to criticize any suggestions thus given ......


if any "goals" are to just drive off the attic vermin, ADD some moth balls[/color] to your bag of tricks and various methods.

If you know where the squirrels are entering your abode, that spot on the outside of the house would be an especially good area to spread moth balls[/color]. ;D

Yes you wont' likely get to kill the critters, but knor will they STINK UP[/color] your walls should they die for any reason.
 
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