Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels are generally not harmful outdoors, living in your trees, but when they decide to move indoors, they can be destructive and a health hazard. However, getting rid of squirrels doesn’t have to mean a death sentence. One humane tactic to try to keep them out is playing a radio in your attic; the noise may deter them from moving in. Also, try spreading habanera sauce where they are trying to chew. There are other home remedies you can try such as moth balls, ammonia and bleach. They produce unpleasant orders that squirrels don’t like.

squirrel-647698_1280Squirrels can squeeze through very small gaps or chew their way into your home. Their purpose is to find a warm and secure place to build a nest and have babies. To build a nest they will use twigs, pieces of fabric, leaves, and even hair. These materials are flammable and, therefore, a hazard. Squirrels can also chew through electrical wires causing fires. They could also die in a hard to reach place in your home which besides being a health hazard will cause an awful stench that will be hard to get rid of.

So, how can you safely and humanly remove squirrels from your home? Hear are some solutions to your problem:

1. Find out where the squirrels are coming in. Once you have found the places, set traps or one-way exclusion doors.

2. One way doors are the most human squirrel removal solutions. Mount these on an entry/exit hole and when the squirrels go out for food or water, they are blocked from coming back in. For this to work, you must be sure all holes or entry ways are blocked. Beware of moms with babies. You don’t want to block out the mom and leave the babies inside.

3. Trapping squirrels is illegal in some states, so make sure you call your local humane society to find out. You can get live traps at hardware stores, online or you may be able to rent one from your humane society. Mount traps on the exit hole to your attic. Bait it with peanut butter or fruit, favorite foods of squirrels. Once you have trapped the squirrels, you need to relocate them at lease 10-15 miles from your home or they will come back. Once they are gone, go through your house thoroughly and repair all holes and vents they used to get in. You will also need to clean the areas in which they were living. Urine and droppings will seep into the wood and cause an awful smell. The feces carry salmonella and leptospirosis. The animals also carry parasites which can cause infections in people such as Lyme disease.

4. Of course, if you don’t want to deal with the problem your self, you can always call a professional, like the Atlanta squirrel removal from Wildlife and Pest.