Tips and Tricks on How to Get Squirrels Out of Your Attic
Most people would agree that Squirrels are adorable. The way they scurry to and fro, building their nests and collecting acorns, is fascinating. They even play together and chase one another along the tree branches and high wires. As cute as they are, if you are faced with a family of squirrels who have moved into your attic, it can be very annoying. Then, all you will care about is how to get squirrels out of your attic.
Why the Attic?
What’s with the attic, and why do all sorts of pests like it up there? Listen, your nesting place is their nesting place, according to most wildlife. You keep the temperature in the home just right. The attic is secluded and seldom gets any traffic. And, there is plenty in there to make a cozy nest and raise a squirrel family, without ever having to hunt down the materials. So really, the question is, why not the attic?
If you have a squirrel or, worse, a family of squirrels in your attic, you will want them out right away. The trusted wildlife experts at World Class Wildlife Removal can get them out for you.
Alright, so what’s so wrong with squirrels? If you are asking that question, you have never had them in your home or attic. You see, squirrels can run, jump, and climb just about anything, making no area off-limits to them. Here is a brief list of the annoying habits of the squirrel.
- They will gnaw their way into the smallest opening in your roofline.
- Squirrels can climb a brick wall up to around four stories and get into open windows.
- Chewing through aluminum is no trouble for their strong teeth and jaws.
- The squirrel is very territorial and will fight for its space.
- They have two litters of 4 each year.
- As a team, they work together to accomplish their goals and warn of danger.
- They are chatty and loud in the attic.
- Squirrels will defecate and urinate in one spot creating a pile and a massive mess for you.
Get Squirrels Out of Your Attic Humanely
If you can avoid traps and hurting the squirrel, that is the preferred method. There are resources available on that very subject, found at the Humane Society’s site. That said, three things make an attic unattractive to the squirrel. They are loud noises, bright light, and particular smells.
The Noise Method:
Squirrels are easily startled and often quite scared. You can encourage them out by opening a large and prominent way out, then making loud noises. Bang on pans, turn up the music, yell, and bang on the walls. That should encourage them to find that opening and get out.
Squirrels like dark areas to have their babies. They just want to hide. So, leaving a light on 24/7 may keep them out if you are having a problem with them returning.
Finally, if those two have not worked, you may have a really stubborn squirrel in your attic. In that case, try soaking rags in vinegar and placing them around the attic.
When all else fails, call World Class Wildlife Removal to get them out, so you don’t have to. If none of the referenced humane ways work for you, traps will be necessary. Then your local removal company will have all they need to take care of that and relocate the squirrels.
Keep Squirrels Out of Your Attic
There are several things you, as the homeowner, can do to keep squirrels out of the home. Here are the things World Class Wildlife suggests you do to keep your home as pest-free as possible.
Clear out anything that would attract squirrels.
- Remove pet bowls that are kept outside on the porch.
- Take away bird feeders.
- Secure trash can lids.
Keep access to the house limited. While they are incredible acrobats, you can cut tree limbs back from the house. Also, make sure gutters are sealed off, and downspouts are covered with wire mesh. Then be sure the vents to the home are also covered with a fine wire mesh, and look for any other holes in the house that could be accessed by critters.
For help with determining possible entry points, call the knowledgeable team at World Class Wildlife Removal for a free yard and home evaluation.
A Word of Caution and Encouragement
Should you get the squirrels out and take a look around the attic only to find a nest of baby squirrels, please call for help. Whenever possible, you don’t want to separate a mama from her babies. And you certainly don’t want to seal up all the entry points and trap the babies in the attic. Then you will have an angry mama squirrel on your hands.
Rather than fool with all this on your own, you can call a professional at dealing with wildlife every day. They have all the supplies, tips, and tricks to get the squirrels out of your attic efficiently.
So, if you suspect squirrel activity in your attic, call for squirrel eradication immediately!