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nightshadea 06-06-2017 12:53 PM

squirrel removal help
 
Ok we have a few cute ground squirrels under our shed which hadn't really bothered us until it was realized that they were/are eating our garden sprouts ........

What I need is a humane way to catch the squirrels for relocation since my disabled niece who loves all animals wont let us dispose of them (ie kill them)

anyone have a good idea ?

Dickerman 06-06-2017 01:16 PM

You might want to check whether relocation is legal. Where I live it's legal to trap certain wildlife species (e.g., opossum), but you can only relocate to a location on the same property.

Weisshund 06-06-2017 01:24 PM

Just feed them something else?

Dogzilla 06-06-2017 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Dickerman (Post 20257910)
You might want to check whether relocation is legal. Where I live it's legal to trap certain wildlife species (e.g., opossum), but you can only relocate to a location on the same property.

I have a rat problem and was going to say this same thing. Upon looking into humane options -- I love all animals, even nasty rats -- I decided to just hire a pro. You can get a humane trap at Home Depot or Lowe's or wherever, but laws are pretty strict about what you can and cannot do with the critter once you catch it. Depends on the critter, too, because certain critters carry diseases that other critters do not. I googled wildlife catch and release for my area and came up with a list of humane, Department of Wildlife-licensed professional companies who handle that sort of thing.

In fact, the rat-catching & relocating begins tomorrow.

nightshadea 06-06-2017 01:41 PM

ahh thanks since it seems there desert squirrels which are infinitely numerous sine we live in the desert we were just going to drop them off a couple of blocks over since its just unowned brush

kayaker 06-06-2017 01:50 PM

I trap and release raccoons with permission from our state game commission and the owner of the property where they are released (a coon hunter).

I use large Havahart traps. The make squirrel traps as well.

t-bonham@scc.net 06-06-2017 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nightshadea (Post 20257873)
Ok we have a few cute ground squirrels under our shed which hadn't really bothered us until it was realized that they were/are eating our garden sprouts ........

What I need is a humane way to catch the squirrels for relocation since my disabled niece who loves all animals wont let us dispose of them (ie kill them)

Relocation won't be very effective -- other squirrels will just move in to take their place. After all, the squirrels are hungry, and you have a tasty garden available.

The same thing happens with feral cats -- if they are trapped & removed, others move into that territory. That's why most humane societies have changed to a Trap-Neuter-Return policy -- the returned cats continue to occupy the territory and keep out others, but since they are neutered, the population growth doesn't happen. The area tends to stabilize at the population of feral cats that the environment can support.

The most effective way I've found is to put a squirrel-resistant fence around your garden, then to plant some 'sacrificial' plants outside the fence for the squirrels -- make those easier to get at then your garden. And squirrels can be quite amusing to watch -- persuade yourself that the entertainment you get is worth the plants they eat.

constanze 06-06-2017 04:10 PM

Ask at a gardener forum which plants give off a smell that squirrels can't stand, or taste too bitter for squirrels, so they leave on their own?

Sunny Daze 06-06-2017 05:30 PM

Terrier or other small vermin removing dog. Cats might work as well.

Magiver 06-06-2017 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by nightshadea (Post 20257977)
ahh thanks since it seems there desert squirrels which are infinitely numerous sine we live in the desert we were just going to drop them off a couple of blocks over since its just unowned brush

that would work if you want to be rid of them for 15 minutes. Squirrels have to be taken a considerable distance away or they will come right back. 10 miles would be a good start.

purplehearingaid 06-06-2017 10:09 PM

other animals beside squirrels will eat your garden , so if you were able to remove the squirrels you still will have the same problem . We have wild rabbits and groundhogs here , the rabbits ate most of our lawn and it all weeds now . And it not kind of weeds you can smoke .

apLundell 06-12-2017 01:05 PM

There are always more squirrels.

Probably some of them have already been eaten by predators and you didn't even notice because their replacements moved in immediately.

elbows 06-12-2017 01:22 PM

Liberally spread some mothballs around the shed. They'll leave, stay gone, and others will not enter!

Xema 06-12-2017 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dogzilla (Post 20257932)
Upon looking into humane options -- I love all animals, even nasty rats -- I decided to just hire a pro.

You are under the impression that your professional rat-remover plans a "catch and release" approach?

Xema 06-12-2017 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nightshadea (Post 20257977)
we were just going to drop them off a couple of blocks over since its just unowned brush

As Magiver notes, this is most unlikely to be effective.

I have a fried who trapped troublesome squirrels and moved them more than a mile away. It didn't seem to be making much difference, so he got curious and took to tagging them by spray-painting their tails. They were often back on his property within a few hours.

dolphinboy 06-12-2017 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunny Daze (Post 20258583)
Terrier or other small vermin removing dog. Cats might work as well.

This. We got a Jack Russell Terrier and he does a great job keeping squirrels and chipmunks off our property. (Prior to that I used live traps with only limited success.) Our dog spends a good part of the day roaming the perimeter looking for squirrels that happen to be wondering through. The squirrels soon learn that our neighbors are much more tolerant of them than we are. Or you could buy a .22 rifle and take care of the problem yourself.

teela brown 06-12-2017 04:10 PM

Ferrets are still illegal in the U.S., right? I've seen hunting films of ferrets going down burrows and making short work of rats and vermin. But they were all videos from England.

Sunny Daze 06-12-2017 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by teela brown (Post 20272854)
Ferrets are still illegal in the U.S., right? I've seen hunting films of ferrets going down burrows and making short work of rats and vermin. But they were all videos from England.

Depends on which state you live in. In Oregon, they are legal, for example. They are not legal in other places.

nightshadea 06-15-2017 12:51 PM

an update
 
well were trying pepper sprays and pouring cayenne pepper around the garden .........

lets see if it helps

Silver lining 06-15-2017 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nightshadea (Post 20257873)
Ok we have a few cute ground squirrels under our shed which hadn't really bothered us until it was realized that they were/are eating our garden sprouts ........

What I need is a humane way to catch the squirrels for relocation since my disabled niece who loves all animals wont let us dispose of them (ie kill them)

anyone have a good idea ?

Yes, you can purchase a plastic Owl or Eagle and mount it on a stick. It scares lots of smaller pests away.

emyjacob 06-20-2017 02:29 AM

If you go by looks, they might seem harmless but the damage it can bring to your property is plenty. A live squirrel trap is the most humane way of removing unwanted squirrels. Select your trap (1 door/2 door) large enough for the entire animal to fit inside the trap before it reaches the trigger plate, place it at the appropriate place, say a flat surface along your squirrel’s travel path (base of a tree/ wall close to damage area), position bait.
Squirrel removal experts say that select a bait which cannot be stolen by squirrels. The bait should be properly positioned to ensure that the squirrel is forced to engage the trigger.
Now, set your trap carefully and check on your trap often.
You caught your squirrel! It’s not over yet!
Wearing gloves, hold the trap by its handle (avoid squirrel bite) and relocate it at least 10 miles away from your home (might vary with different local law permit), disinfect the trap to prevent spreading of disease.


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