Any type of infestation is usually unpleasant for homeowners to have to deal with. And you may find that you have a squirrel problem in your attic. Understand that physically harming the squirrels will not stop the problem. Safe removal methods and some mild home improvement can get rid of your squirrel problem for good. Remember that squirrels are living creatures that deserve our respect and compassion. Always use humane methods to remove them.
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Examine your attic carefully for places where squirrels might get in. Check around any walls that connect to the outside. Also, check the floorboards and ceiling. Squirrels can get in your attic through small spaces. Be sure to close off any openings you find, but leave one for now. Try to find one that is prominent and that may be a primary entrance point.
Look for baby squirrels. If you find a nest with little baby squirrels, the best course of action may be to hire a professional. These squirrels are not yet mobile. You will be able to get rid of the mother, but the babies will then starve to death possibly in an area that you can't get to. The humane, practical and logical solution is to remove the squirrels in such a way that you don't have to worry about deceased animals in the crevices of your attic. Refer to the tips section for information on hiring a professional.
Check the outside of your home for places where the squirrels might get in. Main areas to check include around your eaves and the area where your roofline meets the fascia. Patch up any areas you find, but be sure to leave the main entry point you found open for now.
Inspect the vents on the outside of your home. These are usually located on your roof. Replace the vent screens if there is any damage or holes. Again, remember that squirrels can fit through tiny spaces, so any damage at all should be repaired to help get rid of the squirrel problem.
Set-up a one-way exclusion door directly outside the entry point you did not repair. Use this option only if the baby squirrels can move around on their own. This humanely allows the squirrel to enter the door and get outside, but it does not allow the squirrel to get back through the door. Any squirrel that leaves your attic will have no way to get back in. In most states, it's illegal to trap a squirrel. The one-way exclusion door eliminates this issue.
Trim the trees that are adjacent to your home. Squirrels often get into your attic via nearby trees. Keeping your trees trimmed and branches away from your house is an added measure to get rid of your squirrel problem.
Tips and warnings
- Interview professionals carefully before hiring them to remove the squirrels in your attic. Hiring someone is usually only necessary if a litter of baby squirrels needs to be removed. Make sure the professional uses humane practices, conforms to the laws of your state and takes steps to relocate the mother squirrel and her young. If you're interested in relocating squirrels yourself, take a look at the article in the resource section below.
- The risk of diseases associated with squirrels in your attic is relatively small. For example, squirrels do not typically transmit rabies to humans. The main safety precaution you should take is avoiding direct contact with squirrel droppings.
- Not only is there no poison available to use on squirrels, poisoning the squirrels in your attic is not legal. It's also not effective. The poisoned squirrels would remain in your attic after they die, and more squirrels would continue to get in. Do not resort to poisoning the squirrels. This is an inhumane, ineffective and illegal method for getting rid of the squirrels in your attic.
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