How Do You Get Rid of a Squirrel in the Attic?
A squirrel infestation can be a real nightmare, but there are several methods you can use to get rid of squirrels in your attic. A few of these methods are sealing off your windows and doors, using commercial repellents, and trapping them with live traps. You can also try to make your own sprays and home remedies. But what if the problem persists? Here are a few tips you can follow to get rid of squirrels:
Sealing off windows and doors
Squirrels prefer to live in the attic because it’s warm and safe. If you don’t want to spend too much money on squirrel removal, you can trap them yourself. But once you’ve trapped a few, you need to make sure they’ve been all removed. You may be surprised to learn that a squirrel colony can contain twenty or more members!
First, make sure your attic has few or no open spaces. Squirrels can squeeze through even the smallest holes. They need to get out before they start nesting. Seal off these holes using wire or caulking. Keep one exit open for squirrels to get out. You can also use one-way cage doors outside the entrance point and trap the squirrels. Make sure to relocate the trapped animals at least five miles away. Some states have laws prohibiting trapping wildlife.
If you find squirrels in your attic, you should also try sealing off the entrance hole to your attic. This will prevent them from gaining access. If that doesn’t work, you can also use galvanized steel vent covers. A gable vent is a common entry point for squirrels. Squirrels are drawn to this vent because it provides a nice place to chew. Some vents have mesh cloth on the interior side.
Using commercial repellents
While commercial squirrel repellents are available at stores, you should be wary of their effectiveness. Although they may seem tempting, they do not work. Instead, you should consider installing a heavy steel screen and metal flashing to close entry holes. Sprays and pellets are a waste of money and time. Investing in a metal screen and metal flashing will keep your attic free of squirrels.
Alternatively, you can make your own spray from hot sauce, garlic, or vinegar. The spray should be applied in the attic and yard, and will work for several days. It will need to be reapplied every so often, as rainwater can wash off the scent. If these solutions fail, try using a combination of both. Using commercial repellents will also discourage squirrels from entering your attic.
Trapping squirrels in the attic
One method is to use a bait trap or poison. However, this approach will not remove squirrels from your attic, and it will only create a dead rodent pile in your walls and beneath your insulation. Not only will this result in a foul odor and maggots, it is also cruel to the animal. It is best to use cage traps. Fortunately, there are many ways to trap squirrels in the attic.
There are several methods for catching squirrels in the attic, but all of them have a drawback. First, trapping the animals is illegal in many states. It’s not just a matter of trapping the animals and releasing them; squirrels can also carry ticks and other harmful diseases. Another option is to build an attic exit tunnel. Regardless of the method, the key to effective squirrel removal is to keep the squirrels out of the attic in the first place.
Using home-made sprays
One effective way to rid your attic of squirrels is by placing a rag with a strong ammonia smell near the entrance of the attic. The strong smell of ammonia will drive the squirrels away, so if this is not an option, you can use a strong household cleaner. In addition to using a rag, you can also try placing a bright light in the attic to scare the squirrels away.
Another effective method to get rid of squirrels is to use a one-way squirrel exit hole. This hole can be made from wire mesh or a thin sheet of metal. The entrance hole must point out from your home and the squirrels will be unable to come back. You can also use a spray that contains peppermint oil or another home-made repellent. This solution works well on a variety of pests, including raccoons, chipmunks, deer, and opossums.
What are some ways to get rid of a squirrel in the attic?
Trapping and removing the squirrel is the most common and effective method.
Other methods include using a one-way door to let the squirrel out but not back in as well as sealing up any openings or entry points to the attic.
Is it harmful to have a squirrel in the attic?
Yes it can be harmful as they may chew on electrical wires insulation or wood in the attic which could cause a fire hazard.
They may also urinate and defecate in the attic which can lead to health risks from the spread of diseases.
How can I tell if there is a squirrel in my attic?
You may hear noises coming from the attic such as scratching scurrying or chewing.
You may also see droppings or urine stains in the attic.
What time of day are squirrels most active?
Squirrels are most active during the daytime.
How long do squirrels stay in their nests?
Squirrels typically stay in their nests for about six weeks.
How many young do squirrels have per litter?
Squirrels usually have two to four young per litter.
What do squirrels eat?
Squirrels are omnivores and their diet consists of nuts seeds fruits and insects.
Can squirrels be harmful to humans?
Yes squirrels can be harmful to humans as they may carry diseases such as rabies.
They may also bite if they feel threatened.
How can I prevent squirrels from getting into my attic?
You can prevent squirrels from getting into your attic by sealing up any openings or entry points to the attic.
This includes gaps around doors and windows vents chimneys and holes in the roof.
What is the best time of year to get rid of squirrels?
The best time of year to get rid of squirrels is during the spring and summer when they are most active.
Will a squirrel be aggressive if it is cornered?
Yes a squirrel may be aggressive if it is cornered as it may feel threatened.
It may bite or scratch in order to defend itself.
How big do squirrels get?
Squirrels typically range in size from 10 to 20 inches.
What is the average lifespan of a squirrel?
The average lifespan of a squirrel is about four to six years in the wild.
What type of habitat do squirrels live in?
Squirrels typically live in forests but can also be found in urban areas.
Are squirrels social animals?
Yes squirrels are social animals and live in groups or colonies.
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.