How Can I Get Rid of a Squirrel in My Wall?
You may have heard that steel wool can prevent squirrels from entering your home, but this is only a temporary fix. Instead of steel wool, you can install metal flashing, wire mesh, or steel screens. Another effective deterrent for squirrels is cayenne pepper, which will scare them away without hurting them. Steel wool is a common hardware tool and household scrubber, and it is also effective for a variety of other applications.
The best way to get rid of a squirrel in your home is to use a professional pest management service. They will use a safe strategy to get rid of the squirrel. Although some people may try to kill the squirrel with moth balls, these products have side effects, such as unpleasant odors. Moreover, these products are toxic to humans. Therefore, you must dispose of them properly to avoid any health risks.
Another effective way to get rid of a squirrel is to use a mothball trap. Place the moth ball trap outside the opening. Make sure to put peanut butter in the trap, otherwise, it will attract the squirrel. Alternatively, you can nail plywood to the wall and stuff steel wool in it. Moth balls can also be tossed into small cracks or holes in the wall. Moth balls are highly toxic to squirrels, so you may need to use several of them.
A metal flashing on your roof can be an effective method for controlling squirrels in your walls. This type of material is waterproof, rust proof, and long-lasting. It is often available in rolls with fasteners, and some companies will custom-make the screens to your specifications. Steel screens are also known as woven wire mesh and are a simple way to prevent squirrels from entering your home.
Another way to repel squirrels in your walls is to put peppermint oil on your property. It can be sprayed directly on the exterior of the home or sprayed on the siding. The peppermint oil will not harm the squirrels, but you should replace it every two to three days. You can also combine peppermint oil with two cups of water and spray it on your siding and around openings.
You can use peppermint oil in a number of ways to get rid of squirrels in your home. For example, you can place a jar of peppermint oil near the openings of your windows or doors. Before diffusing essential oils around your home, consult your veterinarian. You can also plant mint plants in small pots in your kitchen or windowsill. Be sure to keep these plants away from indoor animals.
When using peppermint oil to get rid of squirrels, you can either place the cotton balls in the holes and saturate them with the oil. If you don’t have cotton balls, you can also fill a spray bottle with peppermint oil and water and spray the area. Remember to shake the bottle well before applying the peppermint oil. The ratio of peppermint oil to water should be 50/50.
A copper-wire mesh is the best way to get rid of squirrels in walls. This type of metal mesh is thin enough to fit over the opening and can be stuffed into various shapes and sizes. It can also be placed over chimney tops as a cap. You can also use expandable foam as a squirrel-proofing material. It prevents water from seeping through cracks, and it can be painted to hide the mesh and keep the squirrels out.
Squirrels often enter homes through holes in walls or roofs that are not screened. They also come in through uncapped chimneys, broken or open windows, and exposed utility pipes and electrical wires. If you notice a hole in the wall, you can close the opening by using 1/4-inch hardware cloth. Most nuisance wildlife control companies have the tools necessary to seal off the holes. This is a quick and effective way to get rid of squirrels.
If you are looking for an effective way to eliminate squirrels and other rodents from your home, rodenticides may be the answer. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, rodenticides pose little risk of poisoning humans or pets. The problem arises when the rodents or their young consume the bait. Although rodenticides are not toxic, they must be used according to label directions.
Second-generation rodenticides have been the choice of wildlife managers for decades. However, their use has created a public health concern. The EPA declared the products dangerous and banned them from sale to the public. Despite this ban, stores still hold massive stocks of these products. A recent court decision has allowed three of the largest manufacturers to ignore the ban. For now, these products are on the market, but you must be wary of the risks.
Professional squirrel removal
If you are experiencing squirrel problems in your home, it is time to call a professional wildlife removal company. Professional wildlife removal companies will inspect the area and use traps or one-way doors to remove the squirrels. Many companies offer after-hours service, which will likely cost an additional $100 or more. However, these charges are typically included in their service fees. If you are not able to schedule an after-hours appointment, a wildlife removal company will repair any damage caused by squirrels.
The cost of squirrel removal can vary greatly depending on the number of squirrels, access points to nesting areas, and the size of your home. Most animal removal companies charge an initial inspection fee of $50 to $300. However, some will offer free inspections. Total cost may range from $300 to $1500 depending on the severity of damage caused by the squirrels. Once the squirrels have been trapped, they will return to collect the traps and relocate them to a new location. Using poison to kill the squirrels is also not recommended because it can harm children, pets, or wildlife. In addition, this method can lead to even more problems.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.