3 Tips for Squirrel Proofing
As a homeowner in an area where squirrels abound, you may have had the bad luck to find them within your walls. Annoying, but not surprising, as squirrels appreciate humans’ warm, safe dwellings. They slip in by chewing out small holes, bring in nesting material and shake, rattle and roll around. Of course, they are nuisances, but they also cause fire hazards by chewing electrical cords. Once in residence, squirrels quickly spread the word and soon you are overrun. No one in the family is happy. What to do? How do you squirrel proof your home?
The first tip is to first physically remove any squirrels in residence. The bad news is that there is no end of quick fixes that do not work. These include mothballs, varmint urine, strobe lights, high frequency sound and others. None of these will drive squirrels away. Yet, there is a magic tool to do the job once and for all. It is called a trap. Not so fast! Just sticking traps around willy-nilly, say in the attic or atop the roof, will not do the job. Because squirrels move in and out of the house, usually in the morning and evening, the best place for a trap is right over their main exit hole. If you have discovered multiple such holes, they must be blocked—tight wire mesh works well—so that only a single hole remains. A repeating trap is best. Get them all at once!
The second tip is to get busy with exclusion repairs. Once squirrels have been inside your home, scents remain to attract their brethren. Make sure roof vents are covered with solid wire screens and plumbing stacks are screened off, too. Check ridge cap plugs to make sure none are missing. Ditto gable vents, soffits… You get the idea. Think steel and bolts.
The final tip is to clean up the mess to prevent further unwanted guests. Squirrel, excrement not only smells, but also contains salmonella. The whole then molds over. These conditionsare nothing less than a biohazard. If the animals have chewed though drywall, the fur grease smeared on passages serves not only as an attraction to other squirrels, but to predators. Toss all garments or other contaminated materials, then, finally,decontaminate and deodorize all afflicted areas of the home.
If this seems like a whole lot to doto squirrel proof your home, you’re right. It is.You might want to get professional advice or help. For more information on defending you home against these invasive rodents, visit this website of a wildlife removal company in Durham.
David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations. You can find his thoughts at pest prevention blog on Tumblr.
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