Most of us enjoy watching wildlife in their habitat and tend to care for animals in general. Sometimes we do have issues where our lives and the lives of the animals collide and we just can’t cohabitated with each other. So what do we do when that happens? Humane wildlife removal is the best way to go. Sometimes it requires some craftiness on our part but at the end of the day it is the best situation all the way around. Let’s take a squirrel for example, they have some nasty habits when it comes to our homes. Some of the most common issues with them are things like picking at the wooded areas of our home mainly the roof area. Another issue is getting into our attic and reeking havoc. They tend to chew and dig so they can make quite a mess of things like wire and insulation as well. Humane Squirrel Removal is not the easiest thing to do but is the best way to go.
When it comes to removing the squirrel is where we sometimes have to get crafty. A lot of people use small trapper cages to catch them and then release squirrels back into their habitat afterward. The best way to do this is to place some nuts or seeds in the cage far enough in to make sure of two things one that the food is far enough in the trap so that when the door triggers that it don’t hurt the animal and two make sure you put the food toward the middle of the trap so the animal is not able to pull the food through the sides and avoid the cage all together. When placing the trap make sure to place it either in the area where you are having the animal trouble or if it is not possible (like in places near the roof of the house) then try to place it as close to the problem area as possible. Never place the trap on the roof of a home. The roof is exposed to all types of elements and this could possibly kill the animal before you get back to it to release it. The most common time for problematic squirrels is during the warmer months with this being said if the cage is placed on a roof or top of a shed for example it leaves the animal in direct sun with no water for an extended amount of time which will likely kill it, so that is not the way to go.
These rapper cages are a rectangular shaped metal cage. The cage has a flap type door on one end with a spring and a trigger. To set the trap you place the cage where you are having the issues at. Once placed pull the door down and place the nuts, seeds, etcetera into the back center of the cage making sure it is not too close to the cage sides. Once these two steps are done pull the door down and set the trigger wire on the cage. Once the animal makes it into the cage the trigger will pull and it will slam the door shut and the animal is safe inside. Make sure to check the traps often see if anything is in them. These traps will run you anywhere from $17.00 to $35.00 depending on the size and style of the cage. This trap is pretty big and can be used for other wildlife that may be giving you or your home some problems. Opossums, gophers, hedgehogs and other wildlife in that category can also be safely trapped and released with these trap in the same manner.
Once the animal is trapped into the cage safely, then what? Always be careful when it comes to the release of an animal. First off the cage does not have a solid floor so when you pick it up to either place it in a vehicle to release it somewhere other than back into your yard or if you are carrying the cage the animals feel may sometimes slip through the bottom, make sure not to injure its feet. Second please remember that it is scared. As with any animal that is trapped a squirrel can react toward you as well. The safest way to handle the situation is to take the cage to where you plan to release the animal, put on gloves, sit the cage on the ground so it is flat to the floor. Once that is done drop the door to the cage and step away from it. This gives the animal the freedom to run out of the cage and not feel thereat to it. Never try to shake the animal out or tip the cage to pour it out for this can injure the animal and possibly yourself. After use of the cage always make sure to spray it off and wipe it down before storing it. This takes the smell of the food you used for baiting out of it and reduces the chance of attracting more animals back into the home. Please take care when using a cage trap and try to be sensitive in the fact that the animal is scared this will protect you both and make this a simple and humane way to help rid your home of any unwanted wildlife.