How do you get rid of flying squirrel in a crawl space attic?

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We tried havahart/traps not to kill them but it didn't work,only got one & @ this point there are a few.WE know they can cause serious damage & that is why we want to rid them quickly! We also know we have to find out how they are getting in.We really don't want to kill them just get rid of them as soon as possible.we called an exterminator but they want $150.00 an hour & want to kill them.Any suggestions?🐭

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  • Dmotan Dmotan on Feb 19, 2018
    I had them. I kept using the have a hart trap and taking the squirrels out to the country a very long way from my home. Eventually they stopped coming to my house and went to my neighbor.
  • Duc25031132 Duc25031132 on Feb 20, 2018
    Fill in the smallest openings in the attic with steel wool--mice--squirrels--nothing will go thru steel wool--they just go the other way.


  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Feb 20, 2018
    You need to block up all access points except one, and then install or have installed what is called an "exclusion tunnel" in the only access point to your attic space that the squirrels could use to get in and out. When they leave through the exclusion tunnel they will not be able to get back in, and no animal has to be killed. In some areas, it is illegal to kill a wild animal in any event, so any exterminator who says you have to kill them - may be a fraud. They will put down rat poison and charge you and arm and a leg and it's a rip off! Plus you then have to deal with a decaying animal carcass. Ugh! You can find useful information here: http://www.aaanimalcontrol.com/Professional-Trapper/squirrelridnokill.html

    Final note: do an internet search for "humane animal removal" in your locality; they should be familiar with how to hunt down openings where the critters are getting in, block them for you or give you advice on how to block them, and install one exclusion tunnel for you. Good luck!
  • DIC12110537 DIC12110537 on Feb 20, 2018
    Mothballs helped us to keep critters away at our old residence
  • Kay Kay on Feb 20, 2018
    Dryer sheets can also help to keep them out. They don't like the smell. Had very good luck with good peanut butter on a cracker. Natural is best because it lacks all the additives. Place in the bottom of a large mason jar, then lay the jar on it's side somewhere near the area where you know the squirrels are. When you notice one has entered the jar cover the top quickly with a magazine or something stiff. Now you can carry them to a place for release. Only had problems with one squirrel who braced his legs on the side of the jar and wouldn't shake out until he finished the peanut butter.
  • Sha4775837 Sha4775837 on Feb 20, 2018
    I got Fox Urine from the feed store and spread it around. It comes in a squeeze bottle so you are not touching anything. I smells in the atic, but did not come into the house. It really worked.
  • Edean Edean on Feb 20, 2018
    THANK U ALL FOR ALL YOUR HELP.I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING QUICK.YOU WOULD NOT BELEAVE IT BUT MY WIFE MY DOG & I WAS DRIVING IN MY CAR THE OTHER DAY on the highway & one somehow got in the car as I WAS DRIVING & SAT IN THE CUP HOLDER VERY CALMLY! I HAD TO QUICKLY PULL OVER & SCOOT IT OUT OF THE CAR & IT DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF THE CAR.I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MANY WE HAVE!ALSO TWICE WE HAD THEM DROP INTO OUR WOOD STOVE THE STOVE WAS NOT ON WHEN IT DID.I WILL TRY SOME OF YOUR SUGGESTIONS.
  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 23, 2018

    Hi Edean: Basically, you can't get rid of squirrels. 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 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

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