Almost all households, sooner or later may experience squirrel in attic problems. These quirky and fluffy creatures that usually dart around up or down the shrubs and trees are definitely fun to watch. However, it's a different story when they find their way in your attic and take up residence in its roof. All of a sudden they start creating problems and no longer remain lovable.
People mostly become aware about squirrel in attic by their scrabbling and scratching noises. Squirrels are mostly active during the day and are seldom heard at night. On the other hand, other co-dwellers such as bats and rats are more active at night. In any case, if you have squirrels in your attic, they will be creating lots of noises.
Although squirrel in attic is not associate with diseases, but they can definitely damage wires and can create fire hazards. If any squirrel dies in the attic, it can create a decaying odor that may permeate throughout the house, and is very unpleasant. Their droppings may also create several health issues.
Although squirrels can easily make their way into attics uninvited, you can take few preventive steps to deter them from taking over your house. Let's have a close look at few ways.
>>>> Immediately remove all bird feeders from your yard, and also avoid feeding wildlife, including squirrels.
>>>> Check if your compost pile is attracting pests. If yes, then you must consider some other options that can prevent the pests from using it as their food source
>>>> Trim the limbs and braches of trees that overhand on the roof or other areas of your house.
>>>> Seal all openings and holes on the exterior areas of your house.
>>>> Install chimney caps if required.
>>>> Install durable mesh screen on all your vents.
>>>> Properly organize your attic so that pests have no chance of hiding in the clutter.
If you find that despite all precautions squirrels get in your attic, then best way for you is to get in touch with professionals as they will take suitable steps to remove them from your property. Squirrel control is not possible for untrained people. On the other hand, professionals have years of hands on experience and necessary tools to remove them humanely from your property.
4 steps that professionals may take to remove squirrels from your attic:
Credit: google images>>>> Seal off all entry points…Almost all squirrels are out during the day, so professionals will do all they can to find the entry points in their house. They will close them using sealant or they may also use mesh to get the desired results. They mostly prefer sealing from inside as this ensures that all entry points that open inwards are properly sealed.
>>>> They will also cleanup the entire attic area so that there is no clutter there...Squirrels often hide in the clutter and are difficult to remove. Removal of clutter reduces their nesting spots and makes your attic less appealing for these wild animals. If they enter your attic in some way, but fail to find a good spot to hide, they will leave.
Credit: google images>>>> Use Traps…Professionals will also use traps in attic to trap them alive. Mostly peanut butter is used as bait, but sometimes they also use other things to get much better results. These traps are checked by them every day. Once they are trapped, they are driven to another environment and released. This process is repeated by them for few weeks till the infestation is totally cleared from the attic.
>>>> Fox urine and ammonia…Sometimes professional rodent exterminators also use fox urine in the holes. By nature, squirrels are uncomfortable by the smell of fox urine and run away from it. Professionals may wet the cloth strips with ammonia and spread them around the areas where squirrels are living in your attic.
Aside from these tips, processionals also use various other techniques to help you in getting rid of squirrel in attic. They use these techniques depending upon the situation and intensity of the infestation. Best of all, all their methods are humane, and as per current rules and regulations.