How to Trap Squirrels in the Attic

How to Trap Squirrels in the AtticAs a long-time gardener, I’ve become an expert at keeping squirrels out of my yard and garden by using effective, all-natural squirrel repellents. I must admit, however, that getting rid of squirrels in the attic was a brand-new experience for me!

I knew I needed to learn how to get rid of squirrels in the attic when my husband and I awoke in the middle of the night to a scratching sound somewhere above us. My first thought was that we had a mouse or rat infestation on our hands. Upon exploring the attic and spotting a long, fluffy tail poking out from behind a gnawed cardboard box, we quickly realized the culprit was a gray squirrel!

Learning How to Rid the Attic of Squirrels Became Our Top Priority

We certainly didn’t want to live with a rogue squirrel scurrying around in our attic, but we also wanted to get rid of the critter without harming it. And with three kids and an assortment of pets in our home, we were wary of using any type of chemical pesticide that could pose a threat to their health. After doing a little research online, I learned that the best way to get rid of squirrels in the attic was to use a humane trap that captures without injuring the animal – but which trap should we choose?

Havahart® Traps Make Catching Squirrels in the Attic Easy – and Humane

I knew from working at a greenhouse that Havahart® manufactured many different types of effective animal traps, but I wasn’t sure they made ones designed for squirrel removal from attic areas. After conducting a bit more research, I discovered that the Havahart® Small 1-Door Easy Set® Trap was perfect for our situation. In addition to being the ideal size for trapping squirrels (and other small animals such as rabbits and skunks), it was so simple to use, even for first-time trappers like us!

We Caught Our Squirrel on the First Night!

I took our new Havahart® Easy Set® trap into the attic and placed it near the boxes where we had previously seen our visitor. I created a trail of peanuts leading into trap for bait, pulled back the specially designed Easy Set® lever (I only needed one hand) and the trap was ready to go. When we checked the trap the next morning, we had ourselves a live squirrel! Of course, the little guy was frantically trying to find his way out, but we knew the solid construction and lack of sharp edges would keep the animal secure and uninjured until my husband could transport the trap to a wooded area for easy release into the wild.

If you’re faced with the problem of getting rid of squirrels in your attic, Havahart® traps are a great solution!

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  • Gordon Abrams

    Do you have a product that will keep squires out of fruit trees?
    I was thinking you might be able to have something like the Spray Away Elite II motion activated unit, but smaller that could be hung in a fruit tree.
    Or something like the Electronic Deer Repellent, but smaller that could be hung in a tree and use a Fruit scent that would attract the squire and give a shock
    or even the Electric fence charger, that could possibly be connected to wires that could be run on some of the branchs
    just some suggestions. Let me know if you already have a product or a product is already in development or if this is something you could develop. I would be happy to be a test property

    Thank you
    Gordon Abrams

    • 6:36 pm - November 24, 2013

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Gordon! Thanks for your question! We have several products that can be applied around a radius of an area that you’d like to protect from squirrels. I would suggest Critter Ridder®. but you can check out all of our humane animal repellents here: http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/squirrel

      • 2:59 pm - November 27, 2013

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  • katy Kleiman

    I have had large traps, small traps, the squirrels I have are smarter than the regular street squirrels. I have been quoted as much as 800 dollars to remove them but the man came out and for 30 dollars showed me where they were coming in and going out. Their racing across my living rooms, munching away at my wiring in the attics and just perpetrating a bunch of commotion has got to stop. I believe their are two of them. They have ignored all attempts at traps. Ignored the beautiful corn inside. I came into the room and saw the little sucker standing on top of the cage but never would they go inside of it. I’ve tried mouse traps, they eat the food clean and do not trip the trap. What am I to do. I have squirrel droppings all over my beautiful furniture? Please help. I have even tried those rat stickies and they disappear along with the squirrel. Hoodwinked by squirrels in San Antonio. Kathy

    • 5:55 pm - March 9, 2014

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Katy! Thanks for your comment and we’re so sorry to hear you’re having such difficulties with these squirrels! Have you tried any squirrel repellent around the perimeter of your property? Our Critter Reader® might be a great option for you – especially the granular repellent. Here’s the link to all of our squirrel control options: http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/squirrel. Also, what types of bait are you using for the traps? Please feel free to “like” us on Facebook and message us there if it’s easier for you, or call our consumer care team at 855-5-HAVAHART.

      Thank you!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 5:30 pm - March 10, 2014

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  • Andrew Krull

    I have squrriels in my attic and bought two of your traps. In the morning I found both traps upside down with the doors open. Seems the frantic squirrel was able get out this way. What do you recommend?

    • 10:05 pm - August 25, 2014

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Andrew! Thanks for your comment! Was the bait taken? If this is the case, one common possibility is that, the animal was able to lightly grab the bait without touching the trigger. It’s important to place the bait in an area where the animal is forced to engage the trigger in order to recover the bait. One suggestion would be to place some bait on top of the trigger pan and some more under the trip plate.

      Also, you can place the bait just above the trip plate on the ceiling of the trap. You can even secure or fasten the bait to the mesh by using string or a garbage bag twist tie. This forces the animal to stand on the trigger plate in order to reach the bait. Specifically with one-door traps, it’s important that the bait isn’t placed in an area where the animal can reach it from the back of the trap by grabbing the bait from the outside.

      Another reason for missing bait is if the animal is too large for the the trap and cannot fully fit inside the trap. This is a problem because the door will fall on the animal’s back, not allowing the door to fully shut. The animal can then back out and exit the trap. Please let us know if you have any other questions! Thank you!

      • 4:51 pm - August 26, 2014

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