How to get rid of grey squirrels

Written by kathryn hatter
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How to get rid of grey squirrels
The grey squirrel is not native to the UK. (cheekylorns/iStock/Getty Images)

Grey squirrels can be quite a nuisance for a homeowner. They nest under eaves or in attics. They may chew in the process of making their nests in your home and they also eat bird seed. There are many methods you may find offered for squirrel control and removal. The most effective method seems to be old-fashioned trapping and relocating, however.

Things you need

  • 15 by 15 by 45 cm (6 by 6 by 18 inch) cage traps
  • Peanut butter or peanuts
  • Transportation for relocation

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  1. 1

    Observe your problem squirrel population to discover where they are nesting.

  2. 2

    Set the trap near the nesting area if possible. If the squirrel has nested on your home, you may consider attaching the trap to the roof. Alternatively, you could also just place the trap in a shady area in a part of your yard where squirrels are active.

  3. 3

    Bait the trap with either peanut butter or plain peanuts.

  4. 4

    Relocate the caged squirrel. The recommended distance for location is at least 20 miles from where you trapped the squirrel.

  5. 5

    Open the trap pointing away from you in the new location. If the squirrel does not immediately run out of the trap, rattle cage a bit or blow on the squirrel from behind.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not place a trap in direct sun. Squirrels can become overheated easily.
  • Squirrel trapping and relocation will have to be performed on an ongoing basis to effectively control the squirrel population in your garden.

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