How can I get rid of the squirrels in my attic?
May 17, 2011
My boyfriend would love this one as he had a running battle for a while with squirrels. Traps, poison, plug the holes where they are coming in. Bear spray has a decided negative effect on them also if you can get close enough to spray them with it (don't overdo it if you don't want to kill them, it probably will). If you don't want to kill them there is a trap called "Have a Heart" available at most feed / farm & ranch stores and it will catch them where you can release them elsewhere. The main thing is to figure out how they are getting in and seal those areas off.
How can I get rid of the squirrels that have invaded my itty bitty attic. I hear them chewing on the wood and they bump and thump at all hours. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Sharon from Ottawa, KS
We've had this problem and bought fox urine at a farm and ranch supply store. Put a little of the urine on several cotton balls and put them out in the attic. That will usually chase the squirrels away. Then, my husband repaired the small hole in the eave of the house where they were getting in. He used a piece of sheet copper over it, but whatever you think will adequately repair the hole will work. (03/07/2007)
We had this problem, too. We had an exterminator put in cages with peanut butter. For some reason this attracts them. Then they went in and "stayed in the cages". Then the exterminator took them out and released them in a park. (03/08/2007)
I agree with the above methods. Put Have a Heart cages in the attic in the open with peanut butter on crackers. I put mine on top of heat duct work so I could hear the cages smack shut. Capture the squirrels, seal up holes in house with hardware cloth, heavy wire so they can't return. It may take you a few weeks to capture all the adults and babies. Take them more than 5 miles away to release, they can find their way home again otherwise. Cut back tree branches so they can't get on roof again. Good luck they are clever and destructive.
Squirrels make and have babies in the winter and early spring. That may be what you're hearing. Once the babies are big enough to go out on their own, that's your chance to plug up the holes. Don't put up bird feeders, they're a big food source for squirrels. Don't leave any food outside. (03/09/2007)
I had squirrels in my attic crawl space of my twin home for 25 years. Everything known to man had been tried to get rid of them. Three years ago I installed 3 Evictor strobe lights and have been squirrel free ever since. It seems like a minor miracle not to hear them running and jumping around.
Thought you might want to know about something that works. (10/11/2007)
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Put hot sauce where they travel. They do not like hot stuff, good luck. (07/22/2009)
I have a squirrels in the attic. They are making noise and none of the repellent from the ordinary store worked out so far. It is any way to make them disappear?
By Rom from Morgan Hill, CA
Well if you do not want to hire an exterminator and do it yourself you first must find the area that they are entering the attic. Then, usually during the day, they leave the attic to look for food you have to block the entrance. It maybe as simple as replacing or adding a piece of wood to the opening. Another item you can use is hardware cloth, which is just a small hole wire mesh and cover the opening. This is available at a hardware store or big box store. Forget any suggestions of moth balls or other chemicals. They will not work. You have to get the squirrels out as they can breed and really make a mess. (02/01/2010)
Squirrels are a serious problem. Call an exterminator right away! Squirrels not only make a mess, they can chew on electrical wires and set your attic on fire. I was lucky that the ones in my attic had chewed on insulation, not wires. And that the exterminator found one that was pregnant before it delivered. (02/05/2010)
By Lady Bee
Call out a company that humanely removes animals and places them back out into the wild, then check all around your eaves to repair any openings where they are getting in. Please do not kill them. (02/05/2010)
I just found out I probably have squirrels in my attic. My townhouse is connected to my neighbor and today I saw two running back and forth along the gutter we share and then her squirrel; ran under the soffit and disappeared.
I don't know if my squirrel followed into my neighbor's attic or disappeared into my attic. I don't have any hanging damage that I can see as yet. Do they come in at night? What can I use to get them out of my attic? Thanks for your help. They have already destroyed 1 or more soffits really badly.
By Deby from Hillsborough, NJ
This can be a serious problem because if the squirrels are in the attic they can chew through wiring and cause a house fire. They will continue to chew on everything in sight and can actually chew through the attic and come into your living area. They are looking for a place to have their young so please get professional help while the problem is only two squirrels. I have seen the damage caused by these animals and it can get expensive to fix. (07/27/2010)
Contact the people who are in charge of your HOA. You probably pay a fee each month for the up keep of the outside of the building. They should have the problem taken care of. (07/27/2010)
I had that problem with our home in Maryland. They would come in through the opening for the air conditioning line that was made just under the gutter. One company wanted to repair all the faucets and that would not have taken care of the problem. So, I would be sure that is the way that they are getting in.
Second, if you have access to the attic you can put a radio in the attic and set it on a Talk Radio station to discourage them from coming in. I fixed my squirrel invasion with spray and puffy insulation that hardens like Styrofoam. I hope this helps. (07/27/2010)
Don't want to alarm you, but it's time to call an exterminator. Other animals like rats and mice will follow the scent of the squirrels urine and pretty soon it will be an animal free for all in your attic. (07/27/2010)
They are just as bad as wood rats. You need to get a contractor out there to replace and fix any loose boards, and close the entry to keep them from getting in. I had this problem 5 years ago. So far I have not had anymore trouble. (07/30/2010)
Can anyone tell me how to get rid of a flying squirrel in my attic? Thanks for your help.
I have this issue as well! I think they are "protected" so that becomes an issue. I know that they are smart and throw up any poison anyway, so I have tried the live traps. I put a bit of peanut butter on the bait spot and get them trapped, only thing is you have to move them very far away for them not to return. And since they breed like wild, you may want to keep your trap up there after you think you have them all. Good luck! (03/11/2011)
If they bred like wild they would not be protected. There are heavy fines and even jail time for killing animals on the protected list. All you have to do is call your local wildlife management office and they will take care of it. Please do not kill animals. (03/11/2011)
They will use traps to get them out too and when you say all she has to do is call the local wildlife management office, do you think they are going to plug up the hole for her so no more get in? I doubt it. Best to call someone who will take care of the place they are getting in and set a trap along with it. It is easy to say to not kill the animals and I don't like it either, but when they can chew through wiring and make so much noise you can't sleep, there is not much alternative. (03/11/2011)
I can tell you how I got rid of mine. It depends on how much you hate the thoughts of them being there. First I bought a water gun. A child's toy. Then I saved my urine and filled the gun up and everywhere I saw squirrels I sprayed like crazy. It worked for me and when they were gone I had my husband close the openings they were using to go in and out of. Good luck. (Wild animals mark their territory with urine and boy did I mark mine.) (03/11/2011)