Squirrel Problem?

I have squirrels nesting in my attic. My husband nosed around up there one day and found that they've been chewing through our phone and electrical lines, a huge fire hazard! Does anyone have any suggestions on humane ways to drive them away?


Regina F.

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February 1, 20010 found this helpful

Rubber snakes bought from a discount or dollar store will scare them away. I have placed them in my planters that they dig in and also under by BBQ grill where they get into the grease catcher cup. It's working!

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February 3, 20010 found this helpful

put a few boxes of moth balls in your attic the squirrels hate the smell

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February 10, 20010 found this helpful

You might call your county animal control to see if they can lend you a trap. If not, try using a "Have A Hart" trap, they are easy to set and you can release the animal outside. Then you need to make necessary repairs so they will not return.


We are overrun with squirrels in our yard and my husband traps and releases them about a mile away in a park or field. They are destructive to fruit trees.

Syd Barr
Dunkirk, MD

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February 23, 20010 found this helpful

My landlady and I had the same problem, so we contacted our local humane society for some assistance. Their wildlife department had highly recommended this man's business to us: "A Better Deal Animal Control, Inc." His name is Dave Gallanis,and he does fast, humane removal and relocation of the animals. He also does prevention and exclusion work and installs chimney caps.

We were very happy with the results he gave us. He gave us a total of twelve visits and he charged us $150.00.

This price also included the use of several different traps and the bait to help entice the animals into the traps.


He removed several squirrels and raccoons from our crawl space attic, and he stopped by our house everyday for twelve days straight.

He is located in New Berlin, Wisconsin and his phone number is (414)282-3700. Dave does excellent work and he was also the most reasonable in price. Other pest removal places charged for each individual visit, and they all don't treat the animals in a humane manner. I highly recommend him. - Kitty Wuerl

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By mike. (Guest Post)
May 31, 20040 found this helpful

hi. my name is mike. i'm having problems with the squirrels going into the bird aviary. how can i get rid of the squirrels with rubber snakes? do i hang the snakes on trees,fences,or the bird aviary itself?can you help me out ? thank you.

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May 31, 20040 found this helpful

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By Julie (Guest Post)
July 30, 20040 found this helpful

I had the same problem and a friend suggested I "borrow" a cat to put up there for one day... (of course leave some water and food for the cat) - put the cat up into the attic in the morning, take him out in the evening) do this for 2 days and the problem is solved!!


They fear cats tremendously, and the smell of the cat will drive them away... it worked for me!

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By susan_a362 (Guest Post)
September 21, 20040 found this helpful

We had same problem in our house. Were told that if trapped, the critters must be removed at least 12-miles away; and you will only trap about 10% of squirrels in your neighborhood. Others will follow the scent of previous squirrel residents. What a life they have - free roof over their head, heating, cooling, comfortable flooring in the form of insulation, and tasty snacks in the form of electric and phone wiring, and possibly carrying diseases. I concider them rodents with cute tails.

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December 27, 20042 found this helpful

Please visit us at www.squirrelevictor.com....We at Evictor Products have a product called the "Squirrel Evictor". It uses a high intensity strobe light that annoys their sensitive eyes and removes them from a residence safely and harmlessly.


It is a more humane method of eviction that will make trapping squirrels obsolete! It is cheaper and more efficient than trapping.

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By Stone (Guest Post)
August 27, 20050 found this helpful

GARLIC. Minced garlic around their entry sites. A squirrel got into my attic through the soffit and set up house. Minced garlic put into the attic at the soffit area finally drove it out. I used an extension pole with a light bulb-changing cone on the tip. I tied a string to a knot in the bottom of the inside of a narrow plastic bag. I put the bag into the cone and secured the top of the bag to the pole. I then filled the bag that was tucked into the cone with minced garlic, then raised that end into the soffit, then pulled the string and that dumped the garlic into the attic.


If the garlic pieces are bigger than minced, the squirrel will just bat them into the insulation and bury them there.

I have been working on garlic vs. mouse. Mouse leaves, but returns after 3 weeks. Pepper sauce aids the garlic. I'll try peppers in vinegar in a spray bottle for the holes where plumbing gives access to the house. Then I'll stuff those holes with Spic 'n Span steel wool.

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By A LADY (Guest Post)
October 8, 20050 found this helpful

We had squirrels in our attic last fall and were told to put moth balls. We put several boxes of moth balls in the attic. The squirrels stayed - WE had to move out of our home for a few days, but they didn't seem to mind the moth ball smell. We had a moth ball smell for 3-4 months - it was bad! We ended up putting metal plates on the places where they chewed their way in to the cedar on our house. They are back! Going to plan B---

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By bb (Guest Post)
August 14, 20060 found this helpful

They tear up my chair cushions to get cotton out I guess to make a nest--I have replaced 2 times

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By (Guest Post)
November 7, 20070 found this helpful

Use Rataway, it is nonpoisonous stops rats, squirrels, mice, raccoons, woodpeckers, dogs, puppy's, cats pigeons
from nesting and chewing. go to Rataway dot com
email Rick Suddes at a o l . c o m or
ratawayman at a o l c o m

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By William (Guest Post)
April 21, 20080 found this helpful

Squirrel was making a nest in my work van. It ate the wires and cost me more then 2,000 in damages and still fighting with it.

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September 15, 20080 found this helpful

For $4.99 my simple, safe, humane, inexpensive, effective, reusable, environmentally friendly, and long lasting way of getting squirrels out of your attic will do the trick and restore your peace of mind. Search eBay for squirrels in the attic $4.99

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By Monica (Guest Post)
November 11, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know why, but there are more squirrels this year than I've ever seen, my problem? Somehow they are getting into my garage! I had babies in there in the spring and recently my husband found two just inside the garage door and had to shoo them out. They're cute, at a distance, but how do I stop them from coming in the garage? PLEASE HELP! I'm at my wits end!

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By BLUNTJ (Guest Post)
February 26, 20090 found this helpful

What do I do? These attic squirrels are driving me crazy!

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

We found the hole in the eaves where the squirrels were coming into the house. Imho, this is the most important thing to do because if you don't take care of the entry, you'll always have a problem.

I live in a rural area. In the fall, field mice enter houses to keep warm. We keep out a constant supply of Rid-Ex. (sp) The mice take it and store it away for food. I don't feel too badly if the squirrels eat it, too. After all they are rodents and in spite of their cuteness can spread fleas and disease.

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