Live Traps

Animals the size of squirrels or bigger are best captured in live traps made of tough galvanized-steel mesh.

Squirrel trap: Clamp it to the roof near the nest and bait it with peanut butter or dried corn cobs. Check it daily. When the squirrel is caught, take it for a long drive—at least 10 miles from your house. Then release it by opening the back door.

Raccoon trap: Set it near nests or likely feeding spots. Also works for similar-size mammals: groundhogs, skunks, armadillos, opossums. Toss a blanket over the trap to keep the animal docile while relocating it. As with squirrels, the release should be 10 miles from the capture point.

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