Squirrels may be an adorable source of entertainment when they're darting through a yard or leaping from tree to tree, but they can be devilish little critters once inside your home. The good news is that it doesn't have to be a difficult ordeal. If squirrels have set up shop in your attic, follow these five simple steps to get them out of the house and back where they belong.
Set a Trap
A live trap is a simple, effective means for removing a nuisance squirrel. They can be purchased at many home and garden stores, and they offer the added benefit of causing no harm to the squirrel. Simply set the trap as directed, wait until the little critter finds its way inside, and then promptly remove it and release it outside. Note, however, that this method may not be an effective choice if your attic is home to more than one squirrel.
Lure Them Out
If your attic is host to multiple squirrels, it may be best to let them come out on their own. To do this, first ensure that there is a clear, easily accessible way for the squirrels to exit your attic, and then block off any other entrance or exit points. Purchase some squirrel food and use it to bait the pests away from the attic. Alternatively, you can make your own bait with corn, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
Call a Professional
It seems obvious, but sometimes the best choice is to call the experts. Pest control experts are well-trained and well-equipped to handle any pest, including squirrels, and they offer the quickest and easiest way to rid yourself of your squirrel problem. This may also be the best choice if you happen to find a nest with baby squirrels in your attic.
Seal the Attic
Once your guests have been evicted, be sure to closely inspect the attic area for any holes or other potential entrance points. The most common entry point for squirrels is a chimney. Consider installing an animal guard, which is a stainless steel mesh fitting that covers the chimney opening without preventing smoke from exiting as normal. It'll keep the pests out, and it won't have to be removed when you use your fireplace.
Prevent It from Happening Again!
An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure. While there are several options to remove squirrels from your home, your best bet is to prevent them from invading in the first place. Squirrels are proficient leapers, so trimming any branches that overhang your roof can help to restrict access. Another option is to install motion-activated sprinklers around the perimeter of your home. This will scare away any curious critters while also keeping your lawn nice and healthy.
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