Pets & Animals

How to Catch a Squirrel


Worried about too many Squirrels in your yard? Failed miserably with rodent-repelling techniques, and now you have tiny invaders all over the place?

If these are the reasons, we completely understand how tricky, treacherous, and tormenting these tiny creatures can be. While looking so cute and soft from a distance, they can be real villains in safeguarding your yard and the growth of your trees.

In this blog, we will not only address the problems but also provide you with effective, immediate solutions. So, are you ready to catch a Squirrel now? Read along and be a PRO at it.

What ‘Kind’ of Squirrels Are There?

Kind' of Squirrels

If you are living in America, you will encounter these three types of Squirrels predominantly. Of course, there are other ‘kinds’ as well, but these rodents are always on their toes when it comes to invasions.

  • Red Squirrel: Very clever; these squirrels are notorious enough to dodge your Squirrel traps and are known for stashing their winter nibbles indoors.
  • Grey Squirrel: Also known as yard Squirrels, these are the pre-dominant invaders known for living in groups.
  • Ground Squirrels: They don’t enter inside but rather home your yard or ground massively with their disastrous burrowing habits, damaging your soil, plants, berries, fruits, and everything else. They look like Chipmunks but have comparatively small ears.

How Do You Know It’s Them?

How Do You Know It’s Them?

Pest infestations can be many; therefore, before setting the trap, you must know what you are dealing with. Other than witnessing Squirrels running and digging in your yards, look for the chew marks in the attic, especially in the wirings and the wooden area. This will let you know whether they have raided inside or are a problem just outside.

When checking outdoors, look for chewed-up sides of fruits and nuts or look into the hollow trunk spots of trees to see if there are gathered nuts and seeds. Once you know it is them, you can follow the tricks below to catch them.

What More Should You Know?

What More Should You Know?

You know the basics, but that is not enough. To catch a prey, you must think like a prey and know all its whereabouts and activity patterns. Here are some of the key takeaways we have observed and believe will also help you.

  • Squirrels are hyperactive and natural and are most reactive during the daytime. So, planning to catch them during light hours is the best option.
  • Monitoring the trap is utmost. They can trick and run from it, and you don’t want them trapped for a long time, for clearing their excretion is yet another troublesome task.
  • Before trapping the squirrel, ensure you have sealed all the cracks and crevices from where they can re-enter your property.

Catching the Squirrels

And we are back to where we started, addressing the right question at the right time. Now that we know the preps that are to be done before catching a Squirrel, it’s time we trap one. Several ways are directed for this process, but we have listed below just the best ones for your quick aid.

1. Catching Using a Live Trap

Catching Using a Live Trap

This is indeed the most effective of the ways. For this, you must get a trap readymade from the market or the online stores. These traps come in single and double-doored ways. Start by placing the trap open and adding bait to it. The best baits for Squirrels are peanut butter, and since they are so glue-ey, they stick to the trigger plate and, hence, require the Squirrel to scratch it out rather than take it away; this will prolong its duration and get the trap shut easily. For a quicker result, roll a fresh peanut into the peanut butter and then stick it on the trigger plate. Monitor the trap, and once the prey is in your clutch, leave it out in the wild, away from your house.

Pro Tip: Enhance your strategy by removing all potential food sources, making the best foods to attract squirrels—like peanuts—the only available option. This desperation drives them directly into your trap. For an even more effective approach, scatter peanuts leading to the trap, creating a trail they can’t resist. This method, utilizing the most attractive foods, ensures that squirrels are not just lured but are practically guided into your trap, increasing your chances of a successful catch.

2. Catching Using a Blanket

Catching Using a Blanket

If you have a Squirrel inside your house and you don’t wish to spare some money for live traps, this might be your option. Put on your thickest working gloves so that in dire situations, if a squirrel bites, it won’t hurt you. Afraid? Don’t be. You are not going to hold them out using your hands. Now, you need a few peanuts or any other nut. Place them in the most Squirrel-prone area.

Make a trail, and at the desired point, put a few extra so that when they reach over there, they spend some time nibbling the nuts. Now, wait for them to come. Once they are there, get a hold of a blanket, spread it, and grab the Squirrel, making sure you have its head and claws covered in the blanket. Hold tight, but not too hard. Immediately put them in a ‘holed’ box so that they can breathe. Take them away from your location, probably into the wild, and release them.

3. Calling Animal Control

Calling Animal Control

The above-stated ways are effective only when there are two or three Squirrels in question, but if their population has grown or if you have witnessed their babies around, it’s time you call in Animal Control. These agents are well-versed in catching rodents and animals and will eliminate the problem from the core without seriously damaging your property.

Final Thoughts

With these two prominent squirrel-trapping practices, we are certain that you will have your furry invaders out in no time. We have added the pro tips and recommendations here as well. Follow them to achieve a hundred percent effective result.

Always remember, these Squirrels go with “never judge a book by its cover,” saying that they may seem soft, timid, and innocent, but when it comes to infestations, they are a real tough cookie.

With these techniques in mind and practice, you can have your property clean, clear, and pest-free. Don’t wait; follow them to achieve 100% results quickly.

Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan holds a Master’s in Animal Behavior from Cornell University, dedicating his 11-year career to understanding and improving the human-animal bond. Since joining our website in 2022, Cesar has provided insights into pet care, behavior modification, and animal communication. His background includes roles in animal research and as a professional dog trainer. Cesar’s previous roles included working as a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. Cesar is an avid wildlife photographer in his leisure time and participates in conservation education programs.

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