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Harrisburg Squirrel Situation: I'm in central PA near Harrisburg and dealing with the Eastern gray squirrel. There was a hole in the roof overhang and the female got in two years ago. We trapped the male in a standard Havahart trap that year inside the attic crawlspace and relocated him, and therefore the female did not have babies that year. After repairing the hole, this year she managed to gnaw through another weak spot in the same overhang. I had been blasting a radio in the crawlspace, threw mothballs about, lots of smelly air fresheners, Vicks Vapo-rub, my IPAD with a soundtrack for a barking dog, banged on ceilings. My husband bought sheet metal and tried to anticipate the momma being outside, however, she didn't go out much and we inadvertently sealed her inside, having to then mount the trap on the roof hole. About a month ago, I heard racing around upstairs, thus she had babies (old enough to run at that point). I put everything they would eat in the trap...peanut butter, peanuts, dried fruit, chestnuts, walnuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, bird seed, to no avail. The trap was mounted to the roof right over the hole as well for no more than a week at a time and that did not work. I resigned myself to the fact that they would leave on their own when the temperature got too hot here on Long Island. In the meantime, we have been wanting a new roof because of the hole and the squirrel problems. Our roofer told us that the squirrels will leave when they start hammering, as they did on other jobs he's done. The trap was again on the outside of the roof hole for a couple of days and when the roofers came two days later they removed the trap. Seven guys were banging on the roof, and I thought there would be no way the squirrels would stay inside. I was wrong. It is now getting much warmer the last week and hot in the crawlspace. It has been a week today that they are sealed in. The trap has been set inside the attic crawlspace since the new roof went on. I wasn't sure if they were in the crawlspace or not and two days ago, I heard a few different footsteps on the ceiling below the crawlspace and what sounded like the momma pacing. Having been sealed up a week without food or water, I left some pumpkin seeds outside the trap because I did not want them to die up there and no one has touched them. I think anything with human scent they will not go near. Yesterday, my husband, who is very handy drilled a hole in the side of the overhang area and put the mesh hardware wire in the funnel shape and screwed it to the overhang hole he just drilled. I frankly heard pacing again yesterday and I don't think momma wants to use the metal funnel to leave. I'm afraid they are going to die up there now that we have a new roof and their initial access point is gone. The new hole my husband drilled is right near the old only on the side, so as not to damage the new roof. Any suggestions for us would be so very appreciated.
My response: You are making so many mistakes, I don't know where to begin. Maybe you should hire a pro in your area. What part of PA? If a squirrel is truly trapped inside, it is dehydrated, and it might enter a cage baited with fresh oranges (they want the moisture). Make the opening obvious, if you want them to leave, with no funnel attached. If they start to use it, and go back inside, then attach the funnel again.
Oh gosh, I thought we were following what the experts say to do. We are near the Susquehanna River...specifically Dauphin County.
Well, if a squirrel is definitely stuck inside, try the trap baited with oranges in the area you hear the noise, but better yet, make an obvious opening for them to leave, with no funnel, no obstructions. They may not even want to be up there any more, now that the young are grown. If they do go back in through that hole, and are used to it, THEN install the funnel. Good luck!
The one area that I believe their nest to be is inaccessible to humans, though I know that the area on the opposite side of the attic where I had the trap is accessible, since that is where the previous male went into the trap. I really thought this would be easier....I have been trapping/neutering/releasing feral cats for 14 years and I haven't had this much trouble. I even bought the special squirrel trap. Ok, I will head up now and bait the trap with oranges and remove the funnel and make the access hole larger. My personal preference would have been to let them leave on their own, but there is information out there on the internet that says to block up the hole and that is what my husband and roofer went by. We are animal lovers so I certainly don't want anything to happen to them. Thank you very much for your advice.
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