In case you live in a place where there are many trees, it is possible that you will have squirrels around your house and property. It gets tricky when it comes to moving them, and when they are already inside your home, they may have babies in this new shelter. Putting in place a one-way door can be the most effective and the most humane way to remove the squirrels from the house. You can also use a trap, but you have to make sure that it is allowed in your area.
Before you start any method of excluding the squirrels, you have to ensure that you do not have baby squirrels in the attic. If you do not handle the babies before you trap the mother, the babies may die. This is an inhumane way of dealing with the babies, and when they die they may also create a bad smell in the home. If you find that there are babies, you have to check if they are old enough to go away with the mother or if they are able to survive alone. If they are too young, you may have to wait for a few weeks before you decide to trap the mother. If not, the babies may starve when they are left alone.
If you want to trap the squirrels, put a cage outside of the one way door. Trapping squirrels is illegal in many places, and sometimes it is only legal when you kill them right after trapping them. If you place a wire cage outside of the one-way door, then the squirrels will jump in the cage and will not be able to get out.
When you catch a squirrel, you should never try to handle it with your bare hands. You should not try to touch the squirrels in most circumstances, but if there is a need to do so, you have to wear heavy duty gloves. The squirrels may scratch and nip, so you have to ensure that you have protected yourself.
If you release a squirrel near your home, it can climb back into your home. Drive far from your home and then release the squirrel in a place where you see many trees. If you have trapped a mother and its babies, ensure that they will stay together while releasing them. The babies will be able to survive better if they stay with the mother.
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