Wildlife Education - Squirrel Bait - What Lure or Food to Use to Trap and Catch Squirrels?

Squirrel Bait

What is the best bait to use to catch squirrels in a cage trap? The short answer is that you spread peanut butter on the trap pan, and then stick a few whole peanuts, in the shell, onto the peanut butter. Put a few peanuts behind the trigger pan as well, just in case, and maybe a peanut or two at the front to the trap, to help lure it in. You really don't need any other bait than that.

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Okay then, I've told you what bait to use. But that will be of little use to you. There are at least a dozen factors that are more important than type of bait when it comes to successfully trapping squirrels and solving a squirrel problem. The type of trap, and the location, are far more important. In fact, I hardly ever actually bait a trap at all. That's because the majority of the time, I'm mounting a trap or a one-way exclusion door right on the squirrels entry/exit hole into the house or building. There's a lot that goes into it. Luckily, I've written full instructions. Read my squirrel trapping guide for all the information you need to trap squirrels successfully. Because you are a first-timer though, and don't have access to all of the proper traps and equipment and most importantly knowledge of the situation, you may want to hire a pro for any squirrel problem, particularly if the squirrel is inside an attic or house.



In some cases, squirrels are stuck inside an attic or house or wall or soffit, and are very stubborn and unwilling to come out. That is a problem that wildlife trappers sometimes face. The squirrel starts to get thirsty. In this case, using fruit as bait - oranges are a great choice - can actually lure the squirrel out, because it can detect moisture in the fruit, and it's thirsty.

Lots of baits work: sunflower seeds, bird seed, all kinds of nuts, from walnuts to almonds, etc, and lots of types of fruit, like apples or cherries, and even sweets, such as marshmallows. But really, nothing is going to do better than peanut butter and whole peanuts in shell, so why bother messing around?

What is the best bait to trap a squirrel?

The bait you use in your squirrel trap isn't going to be nearly as important as the trap itself. That's the truth of the matter. These animals are scavengers, and although there are foods they probably prefer over others, any kind of food left out for a scavenger will attract it. This means that you could put pretty much anything you wanted in the trap as bait and it could still work. Bird seed is an especially smart thing to use, especially when you consider how many squirrels you have caught dancing around yours and stealing food that wasn't designed for them. Without the right trap, however, your squirrel-trapping efforts might be all in vain anyway, or they might prove to be counterproductive. For example, did you know that a live cage trap that is too large can do just as much damage to a squirrel as one that is too small? The squirrel will fling itself around the barred-cage, and this will cause injury. You may also find that the larger cages have a trip-switch that isn't sensitive enough for the little paws of a squirrel. Small-sized steel cages are better, and you should also make sure that the cage itself is sturdy, and it has been placed in the right position. A cage left in the trap will cause a squirrel to die from heat exhaustion. A cage placed in the wrong position will result in no squirrel trapped at all. You will need to ensure that you're placing it somewhere the squirrel will spot. If it's out of the way, and other food is much more easily accessible, it won't go for the bait you use in the trap, no matter how enticing you try to make it.



If you have squirrels in your home or your yard, you will certainly want to get them outside immediately. You may have by this time got the traps, but then again traps are simply as useful as the bait you set in them. It is certain that you cannot have a squirrel into a trap without something placed on the trap. They may be snooping creatures, though they are not that curious as squirrels.

When you have carefully chosen a squirrel trap, you will also need to select a bait that will entice squirrels inside the trap. It is important to look for the kind of bait that is appealing to the squirrel. Although squirrels categorized as omnivores, they are mostly enticed by nuts, grains, seeds, aromatic plant and tender berries and potatoes. Therefore as you would expect one of the best types of bait used for a trap is nuts, which can range from peanuts as well as other nuts that are eaten by people and wild nuts collected from the forest. There are effective baits that are proven such as nut products.

Peanut Butter is one of the most efficient and the easiest types of bait that one can get. You only need to go into your food store. It is the most effective baits that anyone can get beside you do not have to go looking for a particular store to get it. You probably have peanut butter in your house already. You can use Peanut butter, together with a few drops of almond spread it onto a slice of bread and then placed it where you have seen squirrels. Peanut butter is possibly the best bait for squirrels. Therefore, you can get the first squirrel trapped quickly. The good thing about Peanut butter is that it spread easily and sticky, so it stays in place. This bait is one of the best, and it is almost certainly effective in delivering positive outcomes.

The other bait that you can use if you want to trap squirrel is nuts as well other seed since they love nuts. It is the second best type of bait that you can place in a trap. Put them without taking the shell out and make certain that they are unsalted. Since the nuts and peanut butter are very enticing, you can use both. Place the nutshell inside the trap then smear some peanut butter on the trigger apparatus.

Squirrels will eagerly enter into a trap. For they like to walk around. They also like a different type of foods. There you can use some of these kinds of baits or foods to trap squirrels. Squirrel can go into traps for a range of baits, even others like marshmallows or bread. However, in certainty, nut-based baits are the best, such as peanut butter or seeds.

When you select a squirrel trap, you must take the bait that will entice squirrels inside. The truth is the bait only plays a peripheral part in most squirrel catching situations, by way of the repeater traps do not require to be lured, whereas it is also hard to bait a deadly trap efficiently.

It is vital to note that the primary purpose of bait is not only to entice a squirrel into the trap, it also inspires to make active then trigger mechanism once they are inside.

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