How to Get Rid of a Squirrel in the Soffit
If your soffit is made of metal, you need to seal it well. If your AC pipe has a gap, you may be attracting squirrels. If this is the case, you can use a large one-way trap that catches the squirrels as they try to escape. Metal flashing can be used to seal the holes, as well. Once you’ve sealed the soffit, you can fumigate the squirrels to get rid of them for good.
Getting rid of a squirrel in the soffit
A soffit is the underside of your house, which is often adjacent to the attic. Squirrels have a habit of making noise and running on the soffit. They are common pests, and they can cause damage to your attic by chewing through electrical wires. Getting rid of a squirrel in the soffit is relatively easy, but there are several ways to catch and get rid of them. You can try to use fox urine or trap and release, which is both safe and effective. In case you have a one-way exit door, you can also use a cage, which will allow you to catch and release the squirrel.
In addition to causing damage to your roof and attic, squirrels can also damage your home. If you’re lucky, squirrels won’t bite your electrical wires, but they can gnaw through gutters and shingles. This can also expose you to diseases that they might carry. Furthermore, squirrels will make squeaky noises in your attic, which may make it difficult to sleep.
Getting a one-way door into the soffit
Getting a one-way door into your soffit can help you get rid of a squirrel without removing your shingles. Install it near the hole, and make sure that it’s as tight as possible. It’s not enough to simply cut a hole in the soffit, because the squirrel will find a way to get in. You’ll need special tools to get it to work properly.
If your home is made of metal aluminum, installing a one-way door into the a soffit will prevent squirrels from entering. You’ll also need to seal any holes, such as from a pipe or AC unit. Metal aluminum soffits should be sealed with metal flashing to prevent squirrels from escaping. In addition, a one-way door can also be used to catch the squirrel as it attempts to leave the property.
Fumigating a squirrel
A squirrel infestation can ruin the appearance of your home. Squirrels are notorious for chewing through siding and soffit material, and they can also damage insulation and Styrofoam pellets. The odor of a squirrel infestation can be overwhelming, and fumigating the area with an approved fumigant is an effective way to rid your home of the pest.
First, inspect your attic for potential entry points. If the squirrel is chewing on wires, it’s possible that it’s entering your attic. If there are holes in the soffit, you can cover them with mesh or install one-way doors. To avoid the fumes that may come from fumigation, close these holes with steel mesh or chicken wire. Then, replace any damaged insulation and repair the soffit.
You can also use fogging to kill germs and diseases. Squirrels do not bite humans, but they can be carriers of diseases. Squirrels have fecal spores that may spread disease. It’s best to wear a breathing mask and goggles when cleaning the attic. Wear gloves and long sleeved clothing.
Sealing entry points
Getting rid of squirrels in the soffits begins by addressing entry points. Seal holes with hardware cloth, chicken wire, or animal repellent. Also, install heavy-duty steel screens behind vents and around other large entry points. Low-hanging trees and branches encourage squirrels to enter your home. Trash cans and food waste attract many animals, including squirrels.
Once you have identified the entry point, the next step is to repair the hole. Squirrels can leave these holes while foraging for food. But if these holes are blocked, the squirrels will not be able to leave, and they’ll get angry, chewing away at the house. In the process, they can damage the soffit, eaves, and decking.
After addressing the entry point, seal all the other areas that allow wildlife to enter. Use strong, durable materials, such as copper mesh wool, to seal openings. Don’t forget the walls and basement as they can be entry points for squirrels. Sealing these areas is one of the best ways to get rid of squirrels in the soffit. If you can’t seal all entry points, you’ll just end up causing the problem over again.
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.