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How To Kill Squirrels with Poison



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I aim to inform the public about the most effective methods of wildlife control. And the truth is that attempts to kill squirrels are simply not the most effective way to solve a squirrel problem. Poisons are not only inhumane, they rarely work. And they often cause more problems than they solve! Lethal traps are difficult to use. But live trapping and removal, or better yet, exclusion (blocking the squirrels outside where they belong) are a lot easier, safer, and more effective!

How To Kill Squirrel
Squirrels are graceful animals; they run, climb, jump and can get in your house and damage it. It is not an exaggeration to say that squirrels cause thousands of dollars of damage to properties all over the country. They chew through wires, insulation and sometimes even through walls. Because of that you may be asking yourself how to kill squirrel. Before you attempt to kill it, you should do what you can to remove it alive; not only because it is the more humane thing to do, but because if you don’t you may end up with dead squirrel stench in every room of the home. That possibility is the one that will tell you never to use poison if you want to learn how to kill squirrel in the home, but it is not the only one. If you have pets or children in the house you want to skip poison, because there is always the chance that they will come in contact with the poison and that can end up as a tragedy. If you absolutely must kill squirrels, instead of poiosn use one of many lethal traps available in home and garden stores everywhere. The traps are made to be enticing, effective and fast in trapping and killing a squirrel that may have made a home inside your property. However, beware, they are difficult to set.



Will Squirrels Still Eat Poison After A While?
If a squirrel is hungry and there is some great food laid out for them, if it’s disguised enough, they may eat it. Squirrels love bird seeds, so this is sometimes used to attempt to poison squirrel. Some people have attempted to mix some rat poison in with the bird seeds and offer this to the squirrels. Some people have also tried ethylene glycol. The squirrels are cute to watch but can become a terrible nuisance if they get into your house. Outside, they will destroy your well-tended garden. So some people think of poison, even though it's not the best approach. For your poison to be attractive to the squirrels, you'd have to be sure you remove any other source of food for them, which is hard. If you have bird feeders outside, take them down until you are rid of the squirrels. Do not leave pet food outside or in the garage. Squirrels will find it. They won’t need to eat your poisoned bird seeds if there is plenty of other food around. There is one thing you need to watch out for if you poison your squirrels. You will have to be sure they do not enter your home after they have eaten the poison. Once they are inside your house, they will crawl somewhere and die. The only way you may find them is by the smell after a couple of days. Removal of the dead squirrel will be neither easy nor pleasant. Also the poison can be dangerous to both children and other pets.

Will Poisoned Squirrels Die Outside?
Poisoned squirrels will die outside so long as they live outside. If they live in your attic or under your roof, then they may decide to crawl inside just before they die. However, if there is no way into your house for them, then squirrels will have to stay out and die outside. They may crawl under a bush and find a place to hide there. Or they may become too ill to run all the way to their nest and die right in the middle of your yard. It mostly depends on the type of poison the squirrels have eaten of how much time they have before their body organs shut down. If you provided the poison for them inside your attic or under the roof and if they have enough time, they will probably run outside in search of water or some type of relief. If there is not enough time, they will not die outside but inside your home. This will make it difficult for you because now you have to find the dead squirrels and remove them before decomposition or odor will permeate through your house. It will become especially difficult to get rid of the squirrel carcasses if, in their confusion, the squirrels fell down between two walls. They will not be able to leave but will die there.

How To Get Rid Of Dead Squirrel Smell
One of the worst things about having a squirrel in your house is that the squirrel eventually will die. If the squirrel has made a home anywhere in the house then there is a very good chance that it will die there, especially if you have used poison to get rid of it. If the squirrel dies in the house and you wait a few hours the smell will overtake every room in your house. People who have suffered this will tell you that the smell is powerful and almost makes you want to move out for a few days. That is not an option for most people, so how to get rid of dead squirrel smell? There is no better answer to the question of how to get rid of dead squirrel smell than getting rid of the dead squirrel. You will have to find the carcass by using your sense of smell. It is not the most pleasant search, but you would smell it for days otherwise. You should look at the possible hiding places where the squirrel may have died. That includes the walls and the dark corners in your home. Once you have found it, place it inside a couple of plastic bags and clean the area with bleach making sure that it is clean so that all reminiscence of the smell is gone.

More in-detail how-to squirrel removal articles:
Information about squirrel trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to keep squirrel away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a squirrel - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about squirrel repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

This site is intended to provide squirrel education and information on killing squirrels, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to kill a squirrel. This site provides many squirrel control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of squirrel removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance squirrel.

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