It’s one of the biggest fears held by every homeowner.
You wake up one Saturday morning and go up to the attic to get some boxes down. It doesn’t take long for you to notice that something has been digging around and making a mess of the place. Signs of squirrels living and nesting in your home are fairly easy to identify.
You quickly realize that you have a rodent problem. And a pretty bad one, based on the amount of damage your attic’s insulation has suffered. Squirrels can also chew through electrical wiring causing a potential fire hazard.
If this sounds like your current situation, don’t worry, we can help! Because dealing with rodents, especially squirrels, isn’t as complicated as it may seem on the surface level.
In this article, we’ll tell you how to get rid of squirrels in the attic, and other rodents, too, so you can be done with this problem for good!
Now then, let’s get started!
Find All Entry Points Around the Home
Obviously, if you have a squirrel problem in your attic, you have at least one entry point to that attic somewhere on the outside of your home. So before you go into your attic itself and start setting up traps, take a ladder and inspect the outside of your home, near your attic, for possible entry points.
It goes without saying, but it’s important to be careful during this process, especially when on a ladder of any kind. Falling off a ladder is one of the more common injuries that you can suffer in your home, and of course, is not something you want to have to deal with.
If your home’s attic is really high off the ground, or you’re not comfortable with heights, call a professional and let them handle the job for you. The money you’ll save on potential hospital bills, and time missed from work, will more than cover the cost of the pest control visit.
Seal All Entry Points but One
When you find an entry point, seal it, so that it reduces the various ways a squirrel or rodent can enter your home. Just be sure to leave one entry point open, so the squirrel can still get out of the attic.
A pro tip? Take some masking tape and tape a piece of newspaper over the one remaining entry point. Don’t completely close the hole, and leave some room for the sun to still shine into the attic, so the rodent can find it.
Check it often, and if the newspaper is damaged, you know the squirrel has left. If that’s the case, you can then seal the final hole and be done with the issue for good!
Set Some Traps in Your Attic
Once you have all of the entry points sealed, if you want, you can set some traps in your attic. Rodent traps are pretty simple to set up, so you won’t have to spend too much time doing some research on what to do or how to get the best results.
If you’re going to be setting traps, you can seal all of the various entry points, leaving no way for the rodent to escape. This increases your chances of actually having success with the trap, which is the overall goal of this particular method.
It’s worth noting that the traps you need to capture mice are different than the traps you need to capture larger rodents. So if you’re not sure what type of intruder you’re dealing with, set a few different kinds of traps, just to be safe.
Be Patient and Safe
Perhaps the most important tip of all, and the one you should concern yourself with the most is regarding your own personal safety. As we touched on earlier, dealing with heights and ladders can be quite dangerous. In fact, it should be avoided completely, if you’re uncomfortable or inexperienced.
When setting the traps, it’s wise to get in and get out as quickly as possible to avoid disturbing the rodent. Because if you have an interaction with the rodent, or get bitten, it’s going to ruin your Saturday morning, to say the least.
Call a Professional
Dealing with squirrels in your home can be extremely frustrating. Complicating this issue could be the presence of mother squirrels and baby squirrels.
If you’ve tried everything that we’ve mentioned so far, and haven’t had any luck, it’s probably time to call in a professional. Professionals trained in wildlife removal can quickly identify squirrel nesting sites, trapping and relocating squirrels to a nice new area in the woods.
Do some research, find the best exterminator in your area, and give them a call. There’s a good chance they can remove the squirrel in your attic, and fast, while also helping you prevent it from ever happening again.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
Well, there you have it! Those are a few tips and tricks on how to get rid of squirrels in the attic!
Remember, it’s important that you first seal all attic entry points but once before getting started. Then, if you want, you can set some traps to try and capture the rodent in your attic itself.
If you’re not comfortable with heights or struggle to get the results you’re looking for, contact a professional. They’ll come out and take a look at your situation, and help you solve the problem, as well as prevent it from happening again.
Above all else, be safe, and protect yourself and your home. Because a hospital bill and time missed from work will probably end up costing more than it would call an expert in the first place.
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