California Ground Squirrel

CA Ground Squirrel
  • 12 – 15 inches in length
  • Fur is brownish gray and speckled with off-white along the back; the sides of the head and shoulders are light gray to whitish
  • While they resemble the tree squirrel, when threatened they will always go into a burrow, not up a tree or structure
  • They are active during the day, mainly from mid-morning through late afternoon
  • Ground squirrels are primarily herbivorous
  • Ground squirrels live in a burrow system
  • They hibernate twice a year; during the winter and during the hottest times of the summer for a few weeks
  • Reproduction begins the spring after birth, 30 day gestation period with litters of 5 – 8
  • One litter per year

Kaput Ground Squirrel Bait (non-RUP)

Before use, please read the entire label and follow all use directions and use precautions.

Use Restrictions: This product may only be used to control California ground squirrels (Spermophilus Beechey) around buildings (including areas such as yards and flower gardens) in secured, tamper-resistant bait stations. The insecticide in this product may act systemically to aid in the reduction of fleas that infest California ground squirrels. The types of fleas that might be controlled include, but are not necessarily limited to, Oropsylla montana and Hoplopsyllus anomalus. Use only for the sites, pests and applilcation methods described on the label. Do not broadcast this product.

Baiting: Secure bait stations at locations where they will be readily accessible to California ground squirrels, preferably near active burrows. Secure stations 20 to 100 feet apart, depending upon density of the population. Wear waterproof gloves and use a long handled scooping device to transfer bait from the container to the station. Use 2 to 4 pounds of bait per station. Check bait stations frequently to insure that an uninterrupted supply of bait is always available for at least 15 days, or until there no longer are any signs of feeding.

Kaput®-D Ground Squirrel Bait (RUP)

This is a Restricted Use Pesticide. A state-issued applicators license is required to purchase this bait.

Before use, please read the entire label and follow all use directions and use precautions.

Baiting: Manually scatter ½ cup of bait (approximately 2½ ounces or 70 grams) on ground or in modified bait stations (inverted “T” with “elbows” or platform station) near each burrow opening being used by California ground squirrels (See more information in Endangered Species Considerations). The area around each burrow over which bait is distributed may be no larger than 50 square feet (e.g. a circular area no more than 8 feet in diameter). Re-apply bait to the same area at intervals of 2 to 3 days for a total of 3 to 4 applications, if ground squirrels remain active and continue to consume bait. A continuous supply of bait is needed for 6 to 12 days to ensure that all squirrels present have opportunity to feed on bait for at least 5 consecutive days. Do not exceed the maximum application rate of ½ cup per burrow for 4 applications.

Ground squirrel bait
Product Name MSDS Specimen Label Packaging Options
Kaput ground squirrel baitKaput-D Ground Squirrel Bait  Download MSDS  Download Label 5 lb bucket, 25 lb bucket or 50 lb bag
Kaput-D ground squirrel baitKaput-D Combo Squirrel Bait (RUP) Download MSDS  Download Label 25 lb bucket or 50 lb bag

*RUP - Restricted Use Pesticide. The Label & MSDS Downloads require Adobe PDF Reader to view. You can download this free software here.