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Dealing with an animal infestation can be frustrating work for homeowners, but while some will choose to use lethal methods of dealing with the problem, in some cases the humane methods can actually be more effective as well. Squirrels are not the most common rodent infestation, but in areas that are fairly close to woodlands or parks, it is something that does happen from time to time, and squirrels can cause a reasonable amount of damage if allowed to remain unchecked in a property.
Identifying That You Have A Squirrel Infestation Over Other Rodents
While many pest animals will have an ability to find their way into an attic, it is exceedingly rare to find a squirrel infestation in any other area of the property, as squirrels prefer to nest above ground level. If you do hear the animals moving about in the attic, squirrels are naturally much lighter on their feet than rats or mice, and will tend to move more quickly. If you do go up into the attic and find signs of feces, one way to tell the difference is that while rat droppings tend to be pointy at the ends, a squirrel’s droppings are more rounded.
Examining The Attic To Discover Their Entry Holes
The first step to dealing with a squirrel infestation humanely is to examine the attic thoroughly to find all of the holes they are using to get in and out, and it is common that squirrels will have found or created several access holes. You should examine the interior of the attic during the daytime, as the light coming in to the attic can make it easier to find these entry holes. It is also worth carrying out an external examination of the roof-line as well, to try and find as many of these holes as possible.
Using Exclusion Funnels To Remove Squirrels
The first approach that can be used to getting rid of the squirrels is to use exclusion funnels, which are small plastic funnels with a hole at the end which allows the squirrels to push their way out of the attic, but stop them from pushing their way back in. You should seal the majority of the holes that you have found around the attic, using sturdy materials such as metal flashing or wire mesh, and then install one or two of the exclusion funnels over the remaining holes that you have discovered. Within a day or two, the squirrels should have departed the attic, and have had to find a new nesting spot.
Using Repeater Traps To Relocate Squirrels
Repeater traps are cage traps that allow several animals to be contained within the one cage, which is useful as there are usually several squirrels infesting an attic. The technique here is to seal all but one of the holes that the squirrels are using to get in and out of the attic. You will then need to mount the repeater trap over the remaining hole, and create a tunnel of wire mesh that will guide the squirrel from their exit hole into the trap. You should then monitor the trap regularly, and relocate the squirrels well away from your home.
Repairs Once The Squirrels Have Been Removed
Once you have resolved the squirrel infestation, you then need to repair and clean the attic. All the holes should be sealed with an appropriate material, while you should also examine the woodwork and any electrical wires for signs of gnawing, and replacing them as required. You should also remove any squirrel feces, and if any insulation has been heavily soiled, you may need to replace this. Once cleaned, it is also worth fumigating the attic with a disinfectant to make sure that any remaining harmful bacteria are killed.