How to Get a Squirrel Out of Your Wall
One of the most common questions people ask when they discover a squirrel in their wall is how to get a dead squirrel out of their wall. This can be a frustrating situation, but it’s also possible to get a baby squirrel out of your walls, and it’s not that hard. Here are some tips. Keep calm and you’ll be on your way to getting rid of the nuisance.
If you can’t remove the squirrel by trapping him, you can use steel wool to plug any holes in the wall. It’s a temporary solution, so you may need to replace it with wire mesh, steel screen, or metal flashing. Cayenne pepper can also be used as a repellent and will keep the squirrel from entering your home. This trick is especially effective if you’re worried about the safety of your children or pets.
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If you can’t get the squirrel out, you can use traps that can be placed in places where the squirrels are most active. This method will guarantee that the squirrel will leave the area within a few minutes. You should put the traps in areas where you see signs of the squirrel’s activity. If you find a squirrel in your attic or wall, you can also use a trap to catch it before it causes more damage.
Live traps are another way to get a squirrel out of your wall. These are often cages or one-way exclusion doors, which the squirrel will enter through. Once caught, you can set the trap and release the trapped animal. Then, you can either let the squirrel go free or kill it using lethal methods. However, this method has the disadvantage of attracting more squirrels to your property.
If you’re able to get a live trap out of your wall, you can use it to catch the squirrel and kill it. The bait is usually made of cornstarch and is a highly-effective repellent for the squirrels. The smell of cornstarch will also repel the animals, and the scent of garlic can be a deterrent. If the live trap fails to work, you can also leave the dead body inside your wall in a prominent location.
If the squirrel is too large, you can also try repellents. You can place peppermint oil on cotton balls and leave them in your attic or crawlspace. Make sure the trap is sealed so that the squirrel cannot escape. If the squirrel is still too large, you can spray mothballs to get rid of the squirrels. The repellents are very effective, but you need to make sure they’re safe for your children and pets.
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.