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Bramble

get rid of a squirrel?

there is a squirrel that seems to be living in the back wall of my house. I have no idea where it got in there, but it's scratching and driving me nuts. I assume it has a regular way in and out or it'd be dead by now, it's been over a week. SO, is it worth hiring an exterminator, or is there a way to figure out how to get it out myself? our house is built into a hill and the back wall is very high (and facing a creek about a foot away), so i'm not sure how i'd tackle it from the outside.
bodger

If its getting into the loft space and you can get to where it is, then I'd offer it some rat poison. The other thing you could do, if you are into that sort of thing, is to wait for it and ping it off either with a shotgun or an air rifle.
dtalbot

Don't poison it if you can shoot it, tree rat is a very tasty addition to a game pie!
Bramble

how would you cook it, like rabbit?
Morlan75

grilled is good   as allot smaller than bunny but same principle in skinning and jointing on a smaller scale  
bullcross

You could trap the little tree rat
bigphil

Find a likely spot and bait it with peanuts glued to the top of a swing top bin. The little fella will smell the nuts, jump onto the swing top and drop into the bin. you can deal withit as you wish.
dtalbot

Morlan75 wrote:
grilled is good   as allot smaller than bunny but same principle in skinning and jointing on a smaller scale  


Yep, had em grilled, on the bbq and just included in the meat mixture when making a game pie, all yummy!
HPC

Legally you cant use rat poison on a squirrel a pain in the 4ss yes but that is the law

are you a 100% sure its a squirrel and not a rat in the cavity?

get your self a mk6 fenn trap and put some peanuts on the plate, it will be yours within a week .... dont forget to put a bit of mesh over the trap to act as a cubby/ tunnel
bodger

Bramble lives in the good old US of A  
HPC

All good then  oops.gif

Hey Bodger it would make our pest control life easier eh if we didn't have stupid restriction  

Funny how the only approved product is made by rento-bill  and just contains warfarin anyone for a game of monopoly  
matt the rat

HPC wrote:
All good then  oops.gif

Hey Bodger it would make our pest control life easier eh if we didn't have stupid restriction  

Funny how the only approved product is made by rento-bill  and just contains warfarin anyone for a game of monopoly  


Grey Squirrel bait (it's ready mixed only these days) is NOT made by Rentokil, it is a Killgerm product.

Professional users can use it indoors all year round, but for outdoor use, it is restricted to the protection of commercial forestry only, and even then, in specially made hoppers.

Fenns work very well on squirrels, but most professionals now use the Kania (it's Canadian, and probobly available in the US) trap for squirrels in lofts.

The most important factor when dealing with the grey menace in lofts is to make sure you find the access point and block it.  Overhanging trees are the usual culprits...
Bramble

i'm fairly certain it's a squirrel and not a rat because i can hear it chittering in there, rats dont make that noise, at least not that i've ever heard and i used to have  afriend that kept them as pets.  i haven't beena ble to snag the sucker yet as i cant figure out where it's getting in!!!! there are loads of squirrel and rabbit tracks on our back run tho, i'm tempted to set a few snares and see if that doesn't snag the offender lol (or i'll be moving in less than 2 months and it wont matter but i'm so tired of hearing the darn things....)
dtalbot

Good luck with the snares! Hopefully a tasty haul coming up!
morlan578

only way in my book   and very tasty he was to  

dtalbot

Nice rifle as well!
Bramble

morlan578 wrote:
only way in my book   and very tasty he was to  



such a hole in the pelt tho!

anyone have good tips for snare setting? i know exactly where to put it, they wear the same path over and over.
trapworks

morlan578 wrote:
only way in my book   and very tasty he was to  



Yep  


Bramble

well until we get on our new land, i live downtown so i'm going to guess shooting them might be an issue. so, snares? lol
Bramble

lookie what i found. imagine this'd work for squirrel too? i'm pretty sure its a squirrel trail down there i've seen the squirrels everywher,e have not seen rabbits....(not that i'd be opposed to a rabbit in my pot either...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLRG6I8GIV0
trapworks

   

Bramble what are you up to?      

Check out this site www.trapworks.co.uk/rabbit_snaring.htm

The yanks can't snare for toffee!  
Bramble

har dee har har. well i'm up to nothing at the moment as i'm completely snowed in lol does look like a snare would be easier with a kit of sorts. i think the you tube video was simply how to do it on the cheap. still i worry that i wouldn't actually snag the offending squirrel in question itself....
Bramble

well confirmed that- i've got fresh snow so i tooka  good look at the tracks- definitely squirrel. AND saw the little bugger coming down the side of my house and off into he woods. he's fat, sassy, and about to be a hat LOL
Morlan75

Bramble wrote:
about to be a hat LOL


     hee hee hee post the pic's  
dtalbot

Hat and dinner in one bit of trapping! Can't be bad.
Bramble

well the boys have been asking for a coon skin hat and while i'm sure we have them i haven't seen any around here but this particular squirrel is big enough to make one for a child and has a gorgeous tail. ::off to buy some wire...::
johnbaz

Bramble

One of these would see to the big fat Squizzer- a bit of lead in his log'ole will cure your problem as it did mine

I'm into bonsai and the greys were messing them up whilst hiding peanuts in the dishes (digging the trees actually out of the dishes= dead trees  )

I took around a dozen of them and the problem dissappeared but i've noticed just lately that they're appearing again  )

Sheridan 20cal multi pump airgun...



Regards, John

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