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How to catch a squirrel with a snare pole

Anyone who lives in the country has seen squirrels. Many people think that the furry critters are cute and fun to watch. Lots of folks set up feeders in their yards. This all changes when an infestation of squirrels moves into your yard or home. Squirrels are a type of rodent and can be just as destructive and disease ridden as mice or rats. They can chew through wiring and water lines, and dig up your garden in no time at all. There are many ways to get rid of squirrels, and several different ways to trap them. One lesser used method of trapping squirrels is the use of a snare pole. A snare poll can be purchased commercially, or you can DIY if you are handy. There are many sites on line with instructions on constructing your own for about $5.00. This type of manual trap is best used when the squirrel is contained in a small space like your attic or a crawl space in the walls, or in pipe or a hole in the ground.

For snaring a squirrel in a tight space you need to corner it, and maneuver the cable loop over its head and one leg. For trapping a creature of the pipe or hole, you position the loop around that exit hole and wait for the creature to appear. When the squirrel emerges from the hole, tighten the loop around its head and one leg. Once you have looped the creature, pull the line tight and lift the creature. It is best to have a bag or other receptacle ready for you to place the squirrel in. Once you have trapped the squirrel you must decide what to do with it.

Relocating the squirrel is not really an option, because squirrels are extremely territorial, and it most likely would not survive being moved. Many people don’t want to kill it themselves because that is often messy and gory. There are a number of professional animal services that will come out and take care of the squirrel for you. Once you have disposed of the squirrel you can save your snare pole for future use.

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