I am proposing to rout some squirrels from the space over my living
room ceiling before winter sets in. The point of entry is known and I
propose to set a Have-a-Heart in front of the opening to trap them as
they emerge. The opening will then be sealed.
My question is this: Is there any danger of trapping babies at
this season? I want to avoid trapping *anything* at all cost for
Also, if anyone has alternate methods for trapping or killing, I'd
Info much appreciated.
P.S. I do realize that calling an exterminator is an option but
most people I know haven't had good luck with them and they can
Saw an interesting segment on D.I.Y. network. Lady had similar problem with
somekind of varmint under deck. Buried hardware cloth all around perimeter
and then left one opening for animals to get out. Over that opening, made a
box out of the hardware cloth with a one-way swinging door on the outside.
Varmint could exit but then couldn't get back in. Rather than the
Hav-A-Hart trap, I would just fashion something like that. Probably could
find info on their website. Pretty simple, basically the same thing we used
to make to trap pigeons when I was a kid. But on second thought...squirrels
are pretty smart...might require the Hav-A-Hart and a frying pan (clean
squirrel, dip in corn meal/flour mix, and fry 'til done) to keep those
On Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:42:47 -0400, frank1492 wrote:
From the Wikkipedia gray squirrel article:
"Gray squirrels are mammals, and hence have live babies. They breed
twice a year, the first litter being born in February or March, the second
in August or September. There are normally three or four babies in each
With your Giganews / Verizon headers, it is hard to guess your location.
But you may have young ones that are just getting out and about on their
I really like and enjoy watching squirrels, as long as they stay out of
the attic. But the way they chew wiring, I'd be getting them out of my
That said, I'd guess that putting them out with no nest at this time of
year is a death sentence. It might be more humane to kill them as you
catch them. Plus, that way you won't have squirrels running around that
have fond memories of your warm and dry attic.
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Thank you all for your advice, comments and cautions. I have enough
ideas now and will mull over them. At present, it looks like either
the trap door or the Have-a-Heart. I do not wish to cause suffering
for any animal, but I am afraid the pitfalls of continuing to allow
him access to my ceiling space will dominate my thinking.
I have deliberately not done that yet, though there is an arbor vitae
that leans against the house and I have seen them using it. I was
concerned that they couldn't get down if inside, so wanted to make
sure there was a trap in place as they left, and no means to get
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