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A snare pole can come in quite handy when you’re trying to get a squirrel out of a really tight spot, such as one that has gotten itself stuck in the chimney. If the animal is stuck, injured, or otherwise incapable of getting itself free of the chamber it is locked in, you will need to intervene to ensure the animal doesn't die. A dead animal in the chimney is no better than a live animal in the chimney. In fact, in many situations, the dead animal is worse. The smell, the flies, the maggots … need we go on?
You can buy actual snare pole traps, although it isn’t the kind of thing that one would expect to have just hanging around in the garage or shed. Wildlife rehabilitators usually have snare poles on hand, a great tool used by experienced handlers to humanely evict various critters, squirrels included.
You can also make your own DIY snare trap, although, you will need some pretty specific bits and pieces to make it happen. A long piece of wood is a good place to start, along with around 80cm of steel wire. The latter will be shaped into a snare design, and you will lure the creature closer with bait. Something sticky will help, and we recommend peanut butter. Squirrels seem to love it. They do always go after the nuts and seeds in bird feeders after all.
There are ways that you can turn both ends of the pole into separate snares, helping you to grab more than one squirrel at once, and you can even add multiple snares to one end. We do not recommend this practice unless you are experienced, however. It is hard enough to grab one squirrel using a snare pole trap, let alone an entire family of them!
Go back to the Squirrel Removal page, or learn tips to do it yourself with my How to Get Rid of Squirrels guide.