How to get flying squirrels out of attic? Tried cage with nuts.


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  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Dec 20, 2017
    A 1/2 inch gap is all that a squirrel needs to get into an attic. Squirrels are especially destructive through their chewing activities, sometimes opening large holes in soffits and fascia, and chewing on wires inside the structure.

    Squirrel control generally requires installing a one-way door or repeater trap on the roof where squirrels are gaining entry. Because of the challenges of gaining access to the roof, and knowing how best to set traps and doors in a variety of odd situations, and the complication that comes with squirrels and their babies, it’s often best to hire a professional.

    Additionally, exclusion is important. Trim tree limbs that might go over or lead to the attic or roof of your house. Sometimes sheet metal bands placed around the trunk of the trees can discourage squirrels from climbing. These bands should be two feet wide and six to eight feet from the ground to be effective. This method is effective for single trees near a home. For multiple trees where the squirrel can jump from tree to tree, other exclusion methods may need to be explored. In attics, screen mesh such as hardware cloth or steel wool can exclude squirrels from entering the vents or openings.

    There are no registered toxicants or fumigants to use against squirrel damage around your home.

  • Use a no kill traps and bait with black oil sunflower seeds, peanut butter and birdseed.

  • John Palmer John Palmer on Dec 20, 2017
    I have successfully used old fashioned mothballs hung up in a mesh bag. Squirrels hate the smell. I know... some folks don't like using mothballs because they can be harsh However I had to get those nasty squirrels out of the attic and it drove them away. Once they leave its important to seal access points as described in earlier comment...

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 20, 2017
    The biggest issue is finding out how they got in - and sealing that up.