When squirrels gain access to your attic,
getting rid of them can be very difficult and
you might as well find yourself at a huge loss
in eradicating them. Even though repellents can
be effective, many wildlife specialists suggest
that the only effective way of eliminating these
dangerous animals completely is by blocking them
from gaining access or trapping them if they are
already inside the attic.
Below are some of the methods you can use if you
find out that they are living in your attic
Method 1: Exclusion
Seal off the attic
Inspect all over the attic and close all spaces
that are large enough for a squrell to intrude
in. the following are some of the measures you
-Cover all vents using wire mesh fencing
- Put a chimney cap or even a wire mesh over
- Cover up any chewed out holes that leads to
the outer side of the house apart from one hole
which you will require in order to exit
squirrels, however this particular hole has to
be patched a few days after the problem ends.
- Ensure to lock all openings between the attic
and your entire house, reason being frighten
squirrels might furthermore gain entry into your
house if it finds out that the attic is no
longer a comfortable place for them.
Create an exit.
Construct a pipe out of a fine wire mesh or a
sheet of a metal then fasten to the outstanding
hole in your attic and straighten the narrow end
- ensure that the funnel is roughly 1 foot or
-Place the wide end of the funnel over the hole
on the outside of your house and it must be
around 12-15 inches or 30.5cm long
-extend the narrow end of the funnel out and
must be as wide as the hold in the woodwork or
perhaps somehow smaller.
Draw them out.
Create a space outside the funnel attractive
through putting food such as apple slices or
peanuts closer to the narrow mouth of the
funnel. Even though this might not be necessary
because squirrels will leave the place on their
own in search of food but on the other hand
placing a source of food near might inspire them
to vacate sooner.
Method 2: trapping
Set the right sort of trap
Use tiny, live cage trap and place it in a
corner or any secure hidden area of the attic.
This is because the probability of squirrels
approaching the trap is high when it is placed
out of the pathway other than in the open middle
of the attic.
Make sure to use smaller traps because they
might get frightened and end up hurting
themselves in bigger traps. The guidelines below
are very significant;
Use a good trap of about 6 by 6 inches by 18
Buy live cage traps at any hardware stores
All traps can be set a little differently
therefore make sure to read the instructions in
order to set it up correctly.
Use the correct sort of bait meaning squirrels
will only go near a trap if you put some
appetizing food inside, these include; walnuts,
apple slices, peanuts, bread crusts, peanut
butter and soda crackers.
Method 3: repellents
This wildlife is afraid of sounds therefore
scare them off by placing ultrasound repellents
or radios inside the attics. When you are using
a radio just turn it on to a talk station such
that the squirrels continually h and it has to
be loud enough to scare them aware.
Go back to the Squirrels
in the Attic
Getting squirrels out of the attic is going to
be an extensive job, and you must make sure you
do it properly. You must first work out how the
squirrels are getting in, and this might take
some investigative work. These animals are
mostly active in the early morning and in the
evening too. Keep an eye on your home from the
outside to see where the squirrels are coming
from. Using that as your center-point, inspect
the property, both at night using a headlamp,
and during the day using natural daylight, to
identify any damaged or weak areas. You will
need to address these, but systematically. You
will need to leave their primary entrance hole
unblocked and unsealed until you have managed to
get them out. To do that, you'll nee to use
exclusion devices - one-way doors. These mean
the squirrels can get out, but they can't get
back in again. Once they're all out, you can
then seal up the remaining primary hole. If you
don't do this with all damaged and weak spots,
the squirrel will come back. If that one
doesn't, it'll be another, and if it's not a
squirrel, it’ll be another wild animal instead.
Once the holes have been sealed, you will then
need to repair any damage. This could be
complete replacement of the insulation in your
attic, or electrical re-wiring. For such small
animals, they can cause quite the damage in
their wake, and that's before you get onto the
subject of their bathrooms - the areas in which
they left their urine and droppings. These will
need to be removed using a vacuum with a filter,
before being thoroughly scrubbed using an
antibacterial, high-strength cleaning agent.
This ensures that no bad bacteria is left
behind, particularly the kind that can spread