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How to Build Homemade Live Traps for a Squirrel

Updated January 19, 2017

A live trap is a method of catching an animal without harming it. When you catch an animal with a live trap, you can take the animal away from where you caught it and release it in another area. This process helps to remove animals that harm your home or garden that eat through the wood or plants around your home. You can build your own live trap for a squirrel with a PVC pipe.

Spray the entire inside area of the PVC pipe with cooking spray to make the pipe slippery enough so the squirrel will have a hard time escaping.

Cover one end of the PVC pipe to prevent the squirrel from escaping. Once the squirrel enters the slippery PVC pipe, the closed end will prevent the squirrel from making a quick escape. The closed end forces the squirrel to attempt escape through the slippery entrance. Make the cover by cutting the yoghurt container to cover one end of the PVC pipe.

Glue the cut plastic over one of the open ends of the PVC pipe.

Fill the closed end of the PVC pipe with a handful of squirrel bait. The bait attracts the squirrel into the live trap.

Place the live trap horizontally on the ground in an area where you want to remove the squirrels. The horizontal trap provides easy access for the squirrels to run into. Monitor the live trap for squirrel activity. When you have a squirrel trapped, vertically lift the PVC pipe so the open end is at the top.

Transport the PVC pipe, with the open end facing up, to an area where you want to release the squirrel. Release the squirrel by lowering the trap so the closed end sits flat on the ground. Lower the open end of the PVC pipe to the ground. Lift the closed end of the PVC pipe at an angle to slide the squirrel out of the live trap and onto the ground in the new area.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe (as large as you think you may need)
  • Cooking spray
  • Scissors
  • Large plastic yoghurt container
  • Glue
  • Squirrel bait
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Kelly Reese began writing professionally in 2009, showcasing her expertise in the financial and technology industries through how-to articles. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a dual Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from Jackson State University.