Posted by T1000 on 16:54:57 10/14/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
Unfortunately, I had to catch and put down a squirrel that was hanging on my roof this morning. She was investigating one of my soffits before I ran her off the roof. I donít think she was going to do anything this time around, but I did not want to take a chance.
I decided not to use a 30-gallon trash this time around, but a 5-gallon bucket from Home Depot for $5. Yes, I know a bucket of that size is too small for squirrel dunking purposes, but using a combination of 4 free paint stirrers from Home Depot, 3 grocery bags, and 3-pound bag of kitty litter for $4 will make it possible. Once you trap the squirrel, stick the paint stirrers through the holes of the cage so that it forms a wall, thus reducing the size of the cage in half. Next, fill a grocery bag with a bit of kitty litter until it is heavy and make sure it is tripled bag so that kitty litter will not leak so easily. Okay, place the cage vertical in the air and put the bagged kitty litter into the cage, so that it rests on top of the paint stirrers. It is very important that you close the cage at this point. Last, remove the paint stirrers and the bagged kitty litter should be heavy enough to trap the squirrel at the end of the cage and now you can dunk the cage. I would not recommend the method for squirrel trapping novices because it can be dangerous. The squirrel that I tried this method on this morning somehow got past the bagged kitty litter and made it to the other side of the cage. To remedy her breaking through to the other side, I just dunked the other end of the cage and that was that. I probably need to make the bag heavier. I might buy a larger circular 5 to 10-gallon kitchen trash can from the dollar store, so that I can leave the paint stirrers in the cage and skip the kitty litter step all together. Well guys, good luck in your squirrel trapping endeavors, be vigilant when dealing with these critters.
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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