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Old 01-05-2018, 04:14 PM   #1
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We had squirrels chew through our soffet and now running around in our attic. I managed to clip 2 with a bb gun, but there's still squirrels running. Went and bought a trap and baited it with peanuts, but looking for any tips. Better bait? I tried peanut butter but no dice with that. Do i need to disguise the trap? Different bait?
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:19 PM   #2
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I'm no help, but good luck to you. The squirrels did the same thing to my father's home in Dallas several years back. On Thanksgiving day I could hear them running around behind the cabinets. It didn't seem to bother my dad very much.

I don't know how he finally got rid of them. Good luck!
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:20 PM   #3
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Get everyone out of the house and set off some pest bombs. 3 or 4. Get out and come back later. They will either b gone or REAL GONE. Either way, problem solved
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:22 PM   #4
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Pecans work pretty good.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:22 PM   #5
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Get everyone out of the house and set off some pest bombs. 3 or 4. Get out and come back later. They will either b gone or REAL GONE. Either way, problem solved
Like those roach foggers?
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:23 PM   #6
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I'm no help, but good luck to you. The squirrels did the same thing to my father's home in Dallas several years back. On Thanksgiving day I could hear them running around behind the cabinets. It didn't seem to bother my dad very much.

I don't know how he finally got rid of them. Good luck!
It sounds like blair witch in my attic at night lol
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:23 PM   #7
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Like those roach foggers?
Yep similar kind of thing, just better poison.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:24 PM   #8
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I always just used old corn cobs... worked like a charm, or even just corn in a little bowl
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:25 PM   #9
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Corn in the trap should work.....
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:25 PM   #10
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Yep similar kind of thing, just better poison.
I was hoping for more fun to ne honest. Either knock em down with the bb gun or trap em and kill em. I'm boiling their skulls and adding them to my trophy room collection. This is personal dammit
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:26 PM   #11
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Corn and pecans so far. I may load up a dang feast for em if it will lure em in to the trap quicker
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:31 PM   #12
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Pecans work pretty good.
I have used pecans with success, but you have to crack them and put them inside a small wire cage which is then wired to the trap trigger---

My Sheridan Blue Streak does 'em really well too.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:33 PM   #13
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Dog or cat food works like a charm.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:37 PM   #14
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Pecans work pretty good.
Yep...they can't resist pecans!! Drill a hole in one and wire it to the trigger.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:43 PM   #15
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Yep...they can't resist pecans!! Drill a hole in one and wire it to the trigger.
Genius! I like that idea
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:26 PM   #16
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Using a conibear 110 on my fence

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Old 01-05-2018, 05:43 PM   #17
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:44 PM   #18
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Using a conibear 110 on my fence


I got one of those wire cages with the doors that drop down. I like yours better. Less forgiving lol
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:47 PM   #19
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Throw some Tomcat or Hawk green blocks in the attic. Got mine at TS. Problem solved..
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:51 PM   #20
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Throw some Tomcat or Hawk green blocks in the attic. Got mine at TS. Problem solved..
If you do that they'll eat it and die up in the attic or walls and stink up the place. This is the voice of experience speaking. I used pecans last time and did pretty good. Live trap 'em and take them down the road.
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:58 PM   #21
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I was told to drill holes in empty pill bottles, soak cotton balls in fox urine, put em in the pill bottles and toss em in the attic to keep them away. Going to do that also
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:59 PM   #22
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I've caught 23 in a live trap since the end of Aug. It was really heavy back in Nov. No bait in trap needed. It just smells like squirrel so much, they gotta investigate, both bucks and does.

I've also got it sitting under a tree 3' off the ground on a pair of 2x12. They feel safer off the ground where they can see their surroundings. My neighbors are very happy cause they harvest their pecans. And bring me some banana-nut bread on occasions, for gratitude. They usually bring me about a gallon of shelled pecans later in the year/new year.
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Send me a pm if youbwant. INHAVE helped a few tbh members trap the little devils I can get a few traps from work also.of needed for you.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:35 PM   #24
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I recommend the 110 conibears, but use more then one, you want to catch as many as possible as soon as possible, that way you can get most of them before too many get educated.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:33 PM   #25
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After two chewed into my attic i started war on them. Tried trapping at first but with no luck i switched to 22cal pellet gun. Taught my lab to watch for them from the living room as well as help run them around the tree. I stay on one side, he circles to the other sending the rat to my side. Never hunted them before this, those things can be tough critters to find way up in trees, they get absolutely flat against the limbs.

31 in 2017
1 so far in 2018

I had a much better pecan crop this year.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:41 PM   #26
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I used the large rat traps with peanut butter and corn pushed into it so they really have to get in there to get the corn out.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:50 PM   #27
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I've trapped nuisance squirrels with a small wire trap from Tractor Supply.

A glob of peanut butter on the trigger, then mash some pecans into the peanut butter.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:54 PM   #28
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I've trapped nuisance squirrels with a small wire trap from Tractor Supply.

A glob of peanut butter on the trigger, then mash some pecans into the peanut butter.
Looks almost identical to my trap except mine has 2 doors
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:06 PM   #29
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Buy the BIG Rat traps and bait them with peanut butter and pecan pieces. YouTube squirrel vs rat trap
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:19 PM   #30
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Im pulling the trap back out. Should be a fun weekend.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:21 PM   #31
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Using a conibear 110 on my fence

Hot glue a pecan between the trigger wires. They cannot resist it.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:35 PM   #32
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Try large rat glue traps
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:44 PM   #33
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I've trapped nuisance squirrels with a small wire trap from Tractor Supply.

A glob of peanut butter on the trigger, then mash some pecans into the peanut butter.
Same trap and haven't been able to trap any squirrels, and also have done the trap mods, and now have the rat trap where you hang down the pecans to drop the gate.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:39 AM   #34
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Same trap and haven't been able to trap any squirrels, and also have done the trap mods, and now have the rat trap where you hang down the pecans to drop the gate.
Obviously I don't know what your yard looks like, but mine has a typical cedar picket fence.

The squirrels use the top stringer as a runway, so I hung the trap on the stringer.

They were depredating my vegetables, so I baited the trap every morning, if I caught one, I baited again. Caught and relocated 15 in 4 weeks time. And then there were no squirrels.

Of course, I followed all of the regulations regarding trapping and relocating nuisance squirrels. Those regulations do exist.

Good luck.
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Old 01-06-2018, 01:07 AM   #35
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Same trap and haven't been able to trap any squirrels, and also have done the trap mods, and now have the rat trap where you hang down the pecans to drop the gate.
Did you try different baits and/or movimg the trap? I have mine set up right below where they are coming in. Hopefully i get some action this weekend
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Old 01-06-2018, 03:40 AM   #36
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The 110s are deadly, im a fan of snaring them. No different that any other method, I just think snares are neat!
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:05 AM   #37
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The 110s are deadly, im a fan of snaring them. No different that any other method, I just think snares are neat!
I don't know anything about snares but i think they would work best since i could literally set those at the entry point. I need to get my google and YouTube searches going on snares
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:08 AM   #38
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I have had the same problem with squirrels in the attic. I’ve twice ran them out and repaired the hole only to have them chew another one. I have trapped quite a few in the yard but never in the attic. I’ve tried live and snap traps with all kinds of bait. An exterminator told me it is hard to catch squirrels while they are up there - won’t go into traps for some reason
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I caught one in my sisters attic a while back. I tried all kinds of baits. Finally I put a small bowl of water in the trap. Little devil finally got thirsty.


You guy's that are relocating them need to relocate them into a pot of squirrel and dumplins.
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Using a conibear 110 on my fence

I’ve caught a bunch this way. Only difference is I set the trap horizontal and baited with sunflower seeds.

I wrapped tape around the trip wires and glued the seeds
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:30 AM   #42
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Corn or sunflower seeds works good for me in a live trap.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:56 AM   #43
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One of the old guys showed up to deer camp with a bag of rat traps. He was sitting by the camp fire unwrapping them and putting rubber bands around the bait trays. I asked if he had a rat problem in his camper and he said no he was going to catch some squirrels around his stand. He smeared peanut butter into the rubber bands on the bait tray and screwed them to trees around his deer stand. He came in the next morning with 4 squirrels to clean. He said he would be almost asleep sitting in the stand when he would hear one go off and he would smile. He said he saw more deer mostly from the traps keeping him awake.
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One of the old guys showed up to deer camp with a bag of rat traps. He was sitting by the camp fire unwrapping them and putting rubber bands around the bait trays. I asked if he had a rat problem in his camper and he said no he was going to catch some squirrels around his stand. He smeared peanut butter into the rubber bands on the bait tray and screwed them to trees around his deer stand. He came in the next morning with 4 squirrels to clean. He said he would be almost asleep sitting in the stand when he would hear one go off and he would smile. He said he saw more deer mostly from the traps keeping him awake.
I could hear them traps a snapping, lol
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:36 AM   #45
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We had one get in the attic by chewing into the ridge vent. I could not catch him in a box trap or rat trap. He was a smart one, much smarter than me. So I go to tractor supply and buy some glue boards for rats. I did not know you supposed to screw them down to the floor.

Well Mr. Bushy tail got caught in the glue boards and was making all the racket in the attic. I go up there and this guy has two glue boards stuck on him and he is mad. He was running on the rafters with glue boards stuck to him. So I went and got a dip net out of my boat and snagged him up.

I took him outside and let him loose, he still had the glue boards stuck on him. About a week later the neighbor lady asked me if I had seen that hairless squirrel . I had forgot about that dang squirrel and thought she was hitting on me.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:50 AM   #46
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I've always used the live traps. I would take the cap off of an aerosol (spray paint) can and drill two small holes in it and ty-rap it inside the trap. This keeps them from pulling it to the edge from the outside and it's something to hold your bait. I would use pecans and/or corn for bait. I think my record was around 106 for the year.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #47
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106?!?!?! I'm just shooting for 1 that i know of. If i can get this one i will be on cloud 9 lol then I'm gonna boil his skull and add it to my trophies. Baited with peanuts and corn. Fingers crossed! Now I'm off to learn about snares lol
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:13 PM   #48
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Update. I baited trap with corn on the cob and peanuts. In a couple hours i checked and saw the trap was sprung but he got away. When i tied the corn on the cob to the trigger i left too much slack (that's my guess anyway) so empty trap. I cut the wire as much as i could so if the corn moves at all it should trigger the trap. I'm gonna get this little f*cker sooner or later dammit
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Update. I baited trap with corn on the cob and peanuts. In a couple hours i checked and saw the trap was sprung but he got away. When i tied the corn on the cob to the trigger i left too much slack (that's my guess anyway) so empty trap. I cut the wire as much as i could so if the corn moves at all it should trigger the trap. I'm gonna get this little f*cker sooner or later dammit
Glue boards bro
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Did you catch it?
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