Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Sergeant Slabber

Red Squirrels

13 posts in this topic

The Reds are taking over my yard and causing damage to trees and my shed. I can't keep up to them with my pellet gun, and rat traps don't seem to be doing any good. Does anyone have any other suggestions to get rid darn things?!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are easily caught in live traps. Get a mid sized trap and a bucket of corn. You wont be able to keep them out of it. A former co-worker would put peanut butter on the mechanism inside the trap. That worked great as well.

Then just finish them with the pellet gun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A swimming lesson in a garbage can full of water works also and it is less of a hassle to clean up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had them in my attic. They chewed through the cedar siding & moved in. It took me awhile to catch them but the live traps do work. Use peanuts or peanut butter for bait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've found them to be too quick for live traps or they don't set it off and I end up with gray squirrels. I've used pnut butter on rat traps and did OK that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have tried live traps in the past and that did work the best. I would just like to have them done when I get to them and not have to finish them off when they're in the trap. They move around in there so dang quick. I like the swimming lesson idea though! May have to give that a whirl.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the reds in my the overhang of my covered deck and the live trap with a saltine with Peanut butter on both sides was the trick. I actually used zip strips and tied the trap to the railing of the deck and then pressed the saltine cracker down to the trigger. They can't move the saltine because the PB helps it stick. Then you take them out back and give them a bath in the water barrel. I got 5 this way and now they stay away from my house.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have also used live traps with great success.

Get rid of them now...or they will be in your house soon.

I am lucky that I live in an area where I could shoot my .22 with bird shot in it. The day they got in my house, it was all out war!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok that sounds like some house damage there Hammer Handle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The live traps have been producing for me. PB and old ginger snap cookies have been working well!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I never have problems with red squrrels or grey,fox,other than emptying the bird feeders.What they destroying??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They're chewing apart the wood on my shed. They actually chewed through the floor last year and raised heck inside there. They have ruined trees by digging holes into them. They have dug up the yard, flower pots, flower garden, shall I go on!? They are an absolute nuisance and drive me nuts!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

SS,

Sounda like the war would be on if that happened here. Fox squirrels chewed through the soffit and got into my Mom's attic a few years ago. Chewed up a lot of stuff before getting the .410 treatment. Hopefully we got 'em all but good to know the live trap might be an option.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Also check out discount ramps dot com
    • Hotspot outdoors of course!
    • Money to be made, and the cold war (you remember the cold war, right?) was the reason we did various things.    Go read about Stalin and his successors to see why we were worried about the Soviet Union.   What we did might or might not have turned out like we hoped but that doesn't change what the situation was.   
    • Dave, your economist wants immigrants to meet requirements like posting a bond or having assets.  Why should they do that when they can just come in with nothing through the porous borders?   Isn't the argument about open borders vrs controlled immigration?   Would the 11 million undocumented have to go back home and post a bond?     If the US through its political process decides to allow immigrants, that's cool.    But that is not what we have now.   Better pick that mike back up.  
    • I'm still trying to figure out why we pushed the coup in Ukraine, other than to cause trouble of course.
    •   Ditto, almost exactly the same. I wouldn't spend a ton of money on decoys if your just starting.
    •   To tell you the truth. I have never cleaned a cottontail ever that didn't have flees all over them in the winter. So I just stop hunting them and went for Snowshoes which are bigger and never found flees on them, oddly?
    •   Seems the hares are down from when I was younger but the cottontails seem plentiful enough. I popped these with a 20 gauge shotgun while grousing
    • I use to go for Snowshoes a lot in the winter with a scoped 22. It was fun sneaking through the pines looking for them. See the little black eye and "bing".  Seems like they just fell off the face of the earth for many years so I just gave up trying for them. I'm sure with the big "Down with Fur" thing and not many taking out as many Fox and Yotes by trapping it really took a hit on the bunnies!  I wrote the DNR back a few years ago and asked them about it and he said: we really don't manage the Rabbits at all. And he gave me the old "Grouse BS". Their just at the bottom of their 10 year cycle!   Seems to always be their answer!
    • 2 baldies were getting it on last thursday about 100 yards from where we were fishing. pretty cool. spring is in the air... LOL
  • Our Sponsors