Posted by Dan Turner on 20:10:13 4/21/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
I learned a couple of years ago that squirrel relocation is all year round for us. We have a cedar shake roof with the irregular surface that can create access points for squirrels into the eaves and attic area.
This year, I focused on one location on the ground....right outside the kitchen window. I purchased a couple of squirrel proof bird feeders and waters...as well as a table top feeder that I would supply; because my wife and I enjoy the birds in our courtyard.
I also installed a Hav-a-Hart trap with the spring door. It's a size larger than the recommended one on this site that always seems to be sold out...but it has worked wonderfully so far this season.
As finally figured out...thanks to the board here a few years ago...the squirrels found the supply of bird seed with sunflower seeds in the table top. They were attracted to the area by the hordes of feeding birds all day long. The trap was placed beside a large potted plant with the edge of the trap flush with the concrete slab. It's there 24/7 and has been part of the landscape for quite some time now.
The squirrels lived it up with the table top feed and mowed through a few pounds over the early part of the year. As things warmed up, I started to notice noises on the roof and into gutters this past week. I allowed the table top feeder to run out of feed. I opened the trap door and using a funnel cut off at a 1 inch opening, I poured seed into the funnel through the top bars of the cage so it piled neatly on the far side of the trigger pad.
I've had a squirrel relocation every day for the past four days as the whole family has been moved to a nice setting far enough away that they're gone forever. I simply pick up the trap, let the critter go and bring the trap back to the same spot and settle down on top of the seed. The next morning "hunt" brings another member of that family (obviously with a short term memory) that within the hour joins the rest of his/her clan.
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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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