How Cage Traps Work for Squirrels
Whether you reside in the suburbs or the rural areas, squirrels are a fact of life. While they may appear harmless, squirrels can be destructive and a nuisance to your home. Between leaving urine and droppings that can damage your home, chewing through electrical wiring, wood, and insulation, and spreading diseases, squirrels can cause a massive disruption to your everyday peaceful life. In extreme circumstances, you may resort to using squirrel deterrents or even squirrel traps.
How Cage Traps Work for Squirrels
It would be best if you had the perfect mix of equipment to take care of the squirrel problem so that no matter what evasion techniques the animal employs, you can stay one step ahead of its movements. Below are some traps and how they work:
Cage-style live trap
This cage is excellent for catching ground squirrels and flying ones. It’s built with 12 gauge wire mesh that is impossible for squirrels to chew through. The cage-style trap type has a door on one end that works through a simple gravity mechanism that closes when the squirrel triggers the trip as it goes inside to get the bait placed on the other end.
The squirrel gets trapped because there is no way to escape since the door only opens one way (or a person can control it from the outside). The trigger rod is also located outside the cage, ensuring that the captured animal doesn’t chew on it.
These cage traps usually have the option of one or two doors. This trap is placed in the vicinity of the entrance or exit to aid in capturing any squirrels that are outside the home.
One-way exclusion door trap and repeater traps
Both these traps are often placed at the home’s exit and work with a similar mechanism. The difference is that while both have a wire door that pivots to open in one direction, the repeater traps the squirrel inside the cage, while the one-way exclusion allows the squirrel to leave but not return to the house.
Rugged ranch squirrelinator
Rugged ranch squirrelinator is a multi-catch squirrel trap that can catch multiple squirrels in only a matter of hours. This trap has no trip but a one-way door where squirrels can get in but cannot get out. You place the bait in the trap, the squirrel pushes the door open, goes in for the bait, and eventually gets trapped.
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Squirrel Trap
Construction and setup
The construction of a squirrel’s cage is key to its effectiveness. Since squirrels have very sharp teeth and can nibble through most things, it is wise to use a cage made of tough materials. Also, since most traps are placed outdoors, they should be made of durable material that can withstand the elements. Heavy-gauge galvanized steel is an ideal pick in this case. They should also be easy to set up and not injure the user.
The amount of squirrels a given squirrel trap can hold varies. A typical squirrel trap can capture just one squirrel, but others can keep multiple squirrels at once, making them perfect for larger squirrel infestations.
Number of doors
While most squirrel traps have single and double doors, some have multiple entrances. These are more effective since they offer various points of entry, thus making it likely for a squirrel to enter. These traps, however, require sophisticated door opening mechanisms and are more likely to fail than single-door ones.
Reach Out to Shumaker’s Animal Control Today
Trapping squirrels might not be as easy as it seems. Contracting an animal control company is your best bet in getting rid of the squirrel infestation in your home.
With over 25 years of experience in the animal removal business, we at Shumaker’s Animal Control have been performing rodent control and squirrel removal in Maryland in the most humane way possible.