How To Get Squirrels out of Your Attic
Squirrels are can be charming, comical creatures when they are scampering up tree trunks or performing a high wire act atop utility lines. However, when a squirrel decides to make its home in your attic, it ceases to be a delightful distraction and starts being a nuisance.
After taking up residence in your attic, the bushy-tailed rodents quickly go to work gnawing on rafters, joists, wires and pretty much anything else they can get their teeth on. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to evict a squirrel. But the good news is that the problem can be solved humanely and steps can be taken to reduce the chances that a squirrel will return.
First, it’s important to note that poison is not a viable method for getting rid of squirrels. For one thing, it’s inhumane and, in some areas, illegal. Also, it’s ineffective. Often, squirrels won’t ingest the poison, so you just end up with dangerous chemicals in your house with no results. And if a squirrel does eat the poison there’s a good chance that it will die somewhere in your home, leaving you with a decomposing squirrel to track down.
So, with poison excluded as an option, how do you get rid of those squirrels? The best method is a three-pronged approach of trapping, relocating and blocking entry points to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
Non-lethal traps are often available at hardware and home improvement stores. Be sure to set up the trap properly, and then bait it with something appetizing to squirrels, such as apple slices, bread, crackers or walnuts. Place the trap in a corner or other hidden area of your attic. Enticed by the tasty treats within, a squirrel will enter the trap, triggering the door to shut behind it. Be sure to check the trap often.
Once you’ve trapped a squirrel, put on a pair of gloves and remove the trap from your attic. Now it’s time to relocate the animal. Take the squirrel to an open area several miles away and release it.
Now it’s time to work on prevention. Inspect your property for any holes, large cracks or vents that could be used as an entry point for squirrels. Block these with mesh hardware cloth. Also, trim any tree branches that are hanging near your roofline, as these may provide squirrels easy access to your roof.
While homeowners can tackle squirrel removal on their own, it can be a tricky process that may be best left to professionals. For more information on humane animal removal in Raleigh visit this website.
David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations. You can find his thoughts at pest prevention blog on Blogspot.
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