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.
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.