Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz and I am the owner of 24/7 Wildlife Control. I have been in business now on my own for nearly five years and I have been in this industry for close to 10 years working with friends, family and other companies while learning, training and understanding the wildlife removal & nuisance animal control industry. I started off by graduating from the University of South Florida with my Business Management degree. After this degree I got into the field of wildlife control because I knew there was a big issue with squirrels getting into people's residences and I realized that there are not many professional squirrel removal companies. I wanted to be one of the most professional squirrel removal companies and squirrel trapping companies out there. You want to hire squirrel removal companies and a squirrel trapper that is properly licensed, insured, bonded, has workers comp, but additionally you want to hire squirrel removal companies and squirrel trappers that show up in uniforms, have wonderful customer service, have clean trucks and respect both of you and the animals like the squirrels being trapped. We treat our animals in a humane way.
If you are looking for tips, tricks or facts on how to remove squirrels, you've come to the right place! There are many tools that you can use to trap squirrels. If you look at my pictures on squirrel traps and squirrel tools they can give you an idea. I generally always use live animal traps when trapping squirrels. Live animal traps are very safe and humane. When you capture and trap squirrels there is no reason to kill the squirrel. Set the live squirrel traps around your home and make sure to read my tips for what Bait to use to catch a squirrel.
Customers ask me all the time if there are repellents that you can use to capture squirrels and keep them away from your property. The honest answer is, no. I personally do not feel that squirrel repellents work. There is no scientific evidence that states there is a squirrel repellent that actually helps deter squirrels. Squirrel repellents can only really last for a week or so until the weather affects it, thus making it weak. That’s why whenever I have a situation with squirrels I use live squirrel traps to capture and relocate them. Once the squirrel has been properly trapped, then go ahead and do an exclusion. An exclusion is where I close off all the access points on the home or property in order to make sure that the squirrels do not come back. Also remove any of the attractants that you might have around the house. The best tool that you have for squirrel prevention is due diligence. Make sure you pick up the trash, lock your trash cans, don't leave food outside and that right there is the best way to repel squirrels.
People sometimes ask me about squirrel poisons. This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. Why would you ever want to poison a 5 pound, essentially undomesticated cat? If it dies in your attic it's going to smell awful. If you use squirrel poison the animal will die and cause a huge mess for you to clean up. Do not use squirrel poison! It is not humane, it is not recommended and it is very dangerous. What if the squirrel doesn't eat the poison but brings it out onto your lawn and then your kids or pets eat it? Well then you're in a world of trouble. That is why here at 247wildlifecontrol.com we are a poison-free company. Poisons are very dangerous and I do not recommend them. Live squirrel trapping is the best way to go. Regular old squirrel traps work and they have been working for hundreds of years.
Are you trying to trap squirrels and need help preventing squirrels from knocking over your traps? Well if so, it's simple. Put your traps on the ground in an area where it can't be knocked over and safely secure that trap down. You can use zip ties, screws or rope. Those are great ways to prevent squirrels from knocking over your trap.
If you have squirrels in the attic, you do not want to put the squirrel traps in the attic! Squirrel trapping in the attic is a general mistake and novice thing to do. If you trap a squirrel in the attic it is going to freak out. The squirrel can punch through the drywall and destroy the insulation. Squirrels cause very serious damage when trapped in an attic. There's even been times that I have seen squirrel trapping in the attic and the trapped squirrel pulled the cable wires and electric wires into the trap and electrocuted and shocked itself. Luckily, it didn't cause a house fire but it's very possible that squirrels can cause house fires. What I always recommend is do squirrel trapping on the exterior of the home, figure out how the squirrel got into the home and set the traps by the area in which it used to access. For example if you have a tree leaning up against your roof chances are that tree is how the squirrel climbed onto the roof. Put the trap at the bottom of the tree with the appropriate bait and that's how you successfully and humanely capture squirrels. If you have any further questions feel free to contact 247wildlifecontrol.com at any time!
If you think you are having an issue with squirrels in your home and want to get an expert opinion on the best tools to use to catch a squirrel, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with 24/7 Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.