What to Do When a Squirrel is in Your Attic
The last thing you want to have in your attic is a wild squirrel running rampant. Unfortunately, these little pests will sometimes find their way in and it’s up to you to remove them. Here’s what you should do when you have an unwanted furry friend living in your attic.
Seal Up & Draw Out
First things first, you need to seal any holes or gaps in your attic so another squirrel can’t find its way in. The best material to use is a metal mesh so they can’t chew their way back into the attic. However, you’ll want to leave one remaining hole open so the squirrel has a place to exit. Place a one-foot long funnel on the outside of the opening with the narrow end facing outwards. This will allow the squirrel to find its way out while preventing it from coming back in.
The use of a cage trap has also proven to be effective. Place a squirrel cage trap in the corner of the attic, since squirrels might not approach it if it’s front and center. Set some bait in the center of this cage to lure the squirrel into it. The most common choices include peanuts, peanut butter, apple slices, and bread crusts. Once the squirrel is inside of the cage, relocate it a few miles away from your home so it won’t find its way back so easily.
When the squirrel isn’t leaving on its own or falling for your traps, it’s time to scare it away. Squirrels hate loud or high pitched noises, so you know what that means? It’s time to crank some loud music in the attic to startle it. You can also purchase an ultrasonic noise maker that will emit high-frequency noises. Also, think about setting up a very bright strobe light. The brightness of the light and the suddenness of the strobe effect could be enough to scare the squirrel away.
Unless the squirrel in your attic is paying rent, this little pest should be removed as soon as possible. When you need a professional to help you with removal, contact the pros at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.