How do I get rid of squirrels in the attic? No luck with traps.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 06, 2017

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 07, 2017
    There are a bunch of hometalkers here who dealt with the same problem. I think you'll find some useful answers here:

    How do you get rid of squirrels in your home?

  • Christine St Jean Christine St Jean on Mar 08, 2017
    Try putting moth balls in the attic.

    • Jud11548937 Jud11548937 on Mar 10, 2017
      My husband threw the whole box of mothballs into the attic. You dont want to do that! The smell of them was overwhelming. Just put a small bowl filled with mothballs and that way you can take them out. We had not heard anything in our attic since. I had our neighbors dogs ( more than one neighbor ) coming in our yard every day to do their thing so I put mothball around the perimeters of our yard and bushes. I would kind of step on them so they wasnt that visible! No more dogs doing their bussiness!!!

    Put rat poison up there and be sure and remove all sources of water. The squirrels will go outside to die in their search for water. Other wise if they find water inside the house and die there and leave a stinky mess.

  • Patricia Pittman Patricia Pittman on Mar 09, 2017
    My husband waited until the squirrel babies were out of the attic (for good) and they put a piece of aluminum at the gutter and roof edge where they were getting in. Problem solved.

  • Charly Charly on Mar 11, 2017
    Yes. You have to first find out their entrance way in. During the day when they're out hunting for food is when you close it off.

  • Carol Carol on Mar 11, 2017
    I cannot guarantee that this always works, but it seems to have worked for four years for me. I read that rodents (squirrels, rats and more) are repelled by the scent of cats. I let my cats play in the garage every few days for an hour or two and I leave a litter box in the garage . My neighbors have had as many as twelve squirrels in an attic. So far, I have none. There was evidence of "visitors" before I started letting the cats into the garage.

  • Kim Kim on Mar 12, 2017
    I successfully used no kill traps from Farm and Fleet. On a tip from a roofer, I tied deer corn in the back of the trap to attract the squirrels. The corn's placement is key to keeping the squirrel on the trigger long enough to release the trap door. Peanut butter had not worked and was too messy to put in with the insulation. Caught 4 squirrels that I released over 6 miles away (distance needed to keep them from returning to their nesting places in my attic). Meantime, I set up an ultrasonic pest repellent to ward off new squirrels looking to nest. The pest repellent's signal is inaudible to our dog. Found the squirrels' entry point. Roofer closed up the hole. I am halfway through removing and replacing the old blown-in insulation to ensure that the squirrels' nests and the nut shells they left behind are permanently gone.

  • Gina Gina on Mar 12, 2017
    Animals do not like white vinegar. You could spray the area completely or set out bowls of the vinegar and change them out weekly. The smell eventually disappears, but by then it should be an area they don't want to go back into.

  • Claude Claude on Mar 13, 2017
    Squirrels have a nesting drive that is difficult to curb. Keep using your deterants because we have had the beasts tear off siding and a soffit to get back into the space where they were born. Do not use mothballs. They are a poison.

  • There are battery devices that are used for roaches and rats. They make a high pitched noise that we cant hear. Give them a try perhaps. This wont hurt or injure the animals. Good Luck. Denise.

  • Joann Joann on Mar 16, 2017
    Once you find the entrance, set off a couple of bug bombs in the attic. Have someone outside watch them exit, then close up the entrance holes (use rodent-proof materials for this). This has the extra benefit of killing and lice, mites, etc that lived on the squirrels.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 23, 2018

    Hi Ramona: Basically, you can't. Feed them somewhere else, and remember, everything needs to eat, so if you can, learn to enjoy the little buggers. I will say that they climb up my peach trees and throw peaches at me, but that's only when I forget to put something out for them:) If they are chewing on your wiring, spray it with a mixture of 3/4 water and 1/4 oil of clove (you can get it in the candy making section of the store, it's a bottle about 2 1/2 inches high and only costs a couple of bucks). Put this in a spray bottle and spray whatever you don't want chewed or clawed. Works for cats and dogs, too. Won't harm them, smells great, tastes terrible:( Good luck

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 06, 2021

    Seal openings in your attic—Squirrels are able to fit through small entry points in your attic. When you find these entry points, seal them off using wire or caulking. Leave one opening so that the squirrels that are currently in your attic can leave.

  • Em Em on Jul 13, 2021

    I have same issue but have not attic and no way to look in the space above the ceiling. There is no access to area between roof and ceiling. Any thoughts anyone. I called Critter control and they charged me $200 to look around put newspaper in a crevice by the roof to see if anything was coming in or out and never did anything more. The newspaper never moved.