How to Trap Squirrels in Attics

So you have figured out that the noise in your attic is due to squirrels, you have seen them coming and going like they own the place.  Now you are wondering how to trap squirrels in attics and rid yourself of the little guys for good? It may feel at times that you are up against a never ending, fully trained and equipped army. Do not feel that you have failed if you need reinforcements from a trained professional even despite your best efforts.

With that said the best way to start is to find how and where they are getting into the house.  Look for things like holes in the soffits, vent covers that have been removed or damaged, anything that is not fully secured (meaning no gaps).  Even though the average squirrel is between six and nine inches, tail included, they only need an opening the size of a U.S. quarter to get into something.  You are going to want to get all of these entry and exit points sealed up to prevent future entry.  To seal the holes you would need sheet metal, flashing and hardware cloth.  You can also use hardi board or hardi planks to replace wood trim or soffits.  You can normally find all of these things at your local hardware store.  Take a day and get everything you can sealed up.

Then onto the trapping, there are various types of traps that you can get through hardware stores or even sometimes on loan from your local animal control, they are non-lethal and have a trip pan that causes the door to close.  You want to make sure they are about 16 inches long and at least 5 inches high.  This is so there is enough room for the squirrel to enter fully and not cause any reason for the door to not fully close, if you go much larger than this you also risk the animal running around in the cage and harming itself.  You want to get the trap into the heart of the activity, place a spoon full of peanut butter in the back of the trap and let it go to work.  You want to check it at least once a day to see if anything is inside.  Once you have trapped your squirrels make sure to handle them with caution.  Don’t put your fingers in the trap and use gloves, as cute as they may seem remember, they are wild animals.  Look for any sign that the squirrel you trapped is a nursing mother.  If so you will need to launch a search and rescue party, her babies are warmly nestled somewhere close.  This may take time to find them, be patient.  Once you have found them, while wearing gloves place them into a safe container like a box with high sides and move them out of the attic.  You should take the babies and mother more than five miles from your home into a wildlife area and release them together.  They have a higher chance of survival this way.  If for some reason you are not able to find the mother yet have a litter that you need to remove find a local rehabilitation center.  They are more equipped to raise the pups and release them back into the wild when they are ready.

You will need to “rinse and repeat” these actions until you are no longer hearing any activity.

A few key things to know, squirrels are tenacious, especially mothers who have been removed from their young.  You may need to look after a few days for any new entry points you had not previously found as she will work her way back to her pups if she has been trapped away from them.  Also there may be more than one, so be patient and you should succeed.  Most of all, don’t feel disenchanted if you are not able to handle this alone.  Most companies that are successful are so due to the experience they have and even then they have to work at it sometimes to get things just right.

How to trap squirrels in attics often will take the help of a nuisance wildlife removal service.

Charlotte Squirrel Removal

Squirrels in the attic? Chimney? Soffits? Call General Pest Co (704) 777-8003 to solve all your Charlotte squirrel removal problems quickly and humanly.

Squirrel Removal CharlotteSquirrels are entertaining creatures that seem to bother nobody, right? Well, this is true if you are in a park or out on a hike. Squirrels chew into attics and soffits of homes to nest and live in. Squirrels also love to live in chimneys.

Squirrels have incisors front teeth that never stop growing. They have to continually chew on wood, bark, and anything it can to keep them sharp. They keep them sharp to open nuts and to gain entry into hollowed trees or your property. Squirrels have 22 teeth and the use all of them to grind their food to swallow.

Squirrels like attics, soffits, and chimneys because they are quiet and safe from predators. The chewing skills make it easy to gain access to almost anywhere that seems quickly accessible from a roof or tree branch. Once in the area they build a very comfortable nest to sleep and/or to raise their young.

A squirrel can fill an entire chimney with debris, tree limbs, and whatever it finds to fill a hole for a comfortable living space. Attics have many exposed wires running through them for squirrels to chew on for teeth sharpening. As one can see a squirrel can cause a dangerous situation for any home. Squirrels cause many electric fires in attics every year as well as create chimney hazards.

Squirrels are removed successfully by one of two trapping methods. Trap and relocate or One Way traps. Trap and relocate is usually used one the squirrel has continued to be a nuisance. One way traps are used to let the squirrel out of the entry point but not let them re-enter the entry. The picture above ia a one way trap with one squirrel out and one squirrel about to come out of the entry point. One ways work good because there is not relocation of the squirrel and less trips out by the nuisance wildlife control company. There are one way traps that do have enclosed ends to capture the squirrel for relocation. You and your nuisance wildlife control company should decide which method will work for your unique situation.

The cost of a professional squirrel removal varies by each situation. This really is true. The scope of work to resolve each situation is completely different from call to call. For instance one call may be just setting a one way trap and no clean up necessary and the next may be five one ways, 12 hours of soffit repairs plus materials, and sanitizing the attic. Every call varies in between these two scenarios or may even be more work. Typically squirrel calls are just a couple of minor holes and repairs with 2-3 visits all done over a weeks time. Typically is a dangerous word, we often do non typical jobs, that’s why you are calling us for your Charlotte squirrel removal.