Government of New Brunswick

Damage Prevention and Control Methods


  • Install sheet metal bands on isolated trees to prevent damage to developing nuts
  • Close external openings to buildings to stop damage to building interiors
  • Plastic tubes on wires may prevent access to buildings
  • Place an 18-inch (46-cm) section of 4-inch (10-cm) diameter plastic pipe or a one-way door over openings to allow squirrels to leave and prevent them from returning. 

Cultural Methods

  • Remove selected trees or their branches to prevent access to structures.


  • Box and cage traps
  • Rat snap traps
  • Restraining traps in appropriate quick-kill sets


  • Effective where firearms are permitted
  • Use a shotgun with No. 6 shot or a .22-caliber rifle