How to Get a Squirrel Out of Your Soffet
If you have a problem with a squirrel in your eaves or soffit, you need to know how to get rid of it. Luckily, there are a few different solutions. Wildlife removal companies can help you find the squirrel’s entry point and install a one-way door. These doors resemble traps, and the squirrels will push the door open and climb out. When they leave, the door will close and no more squirrels can get in.
Getting rid of squirrels in your attic
Squirrels in your attic should not be ignored, as they can damage your home and cause structural damage. They can also carry diseases, such as plague and rabies, which can cause serious illness and can affect your family. Getting rid of squirrels in your attic is easier than you think. Follow these steps to get rid of squirrels and save money on extermination. If you can’t remove the squirrels yourself, consider hiring a professional service.
First, check for access points and remove any accumulated food. If you spot holes in the attic, seal them up. If you do not, squirrels can re-infest the area. If you cannot locate these holes, you need to use a ladder to access the attic and check for damage. If there are any cracks or openings, install a one-way door to prevent access.
Next, trap the squirrels and release them in another area. However, you should not allow the squirrels to re-enter your attic once you catch them. If they re-enter, they will most likely try to use the attic as a new home. If you are not able to catch them, search for possible entry points and plug them afterward. The squirrels will soon start making use of these new homes, and they may not want to be trapped and relocated.
Getting rid of squirrels in your soffit
When your house is not completely insulated and has gaps in the soffit, squirrels will make a home in the space. The gray squirrels chew on the wood and holes in your soffit, and can cause extensive damage if not removed quickly. Gray squirrels are like fuzzy chainsaws with little tails, so getting rid of them is the first step in fixing the problem.
The most common entry point for a squirrel is a poorly-fitting joint between the fascia board and the roof decking. These are the two areas where your gutters hang. They may also get into the roof via loose shingles or other construction gaps. In addition to holes, you should check for damaged or missing soffit boards and replace them with new ones. If you are able to fix the problem yourself, you can save money by not hiring an exterminator.
When the squirrels get into your attic, you have to clean it thoroughly. The feces from the squirrels may cause mold spores to develop. Dry twigs and pinecones may become fire hazards. If urine contaminated your insulation, you may need to remove the top layer of insulation and replace it with new. It’s important to keep your attic clean for future use.
Getting rid of squirrels in your eaves
There are many ways to get rid of squirrels in your eaves. You can use a repellent spray, which contains capsaicin, to scare them away. Spray repellent near any entry points in your attic or near flower bulbs, which you can plant. This will help prevent them from returning. You can also use steel mesh to cover the openings in the eaves, and then install a one-way squirrel exclusion door. The squirrels should leave within a day or two.
The first step in removing squirrels from your eaves is to identify where they are hiding. Squirrels are nocturnal, but they will make some noise if you notice them. Their scurrying, scratching, and gnawing can also alert you to their presence. If you can hear them, they may have babies in their nest. If you notice signs of baby squirrels in your attic, take steps to exterminate them.
You can also remove patches from your eaves to make the area squirrel-free. Squirrels can jump nine feet over a narrow divide. If you do not remove the patches, the squirrels will leave during the day. As soon as the weather warms up, you can start applying a repellent to keep them away. However, if this is unsuccessful, you can always try a natural method such as using ammonia to scare squirrels. This method may work, but it can be dangerous to your eyes, nose, and throat.
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.