(1) Repeater Snare or a One-Way Exemption
You can install a unique repeater trap or a one-way exclusion door
right on the opening. The repeater trap will trap all the squirrels in one shot,
and the exclusion door will let them out, but not back in. It's important
to make sure that any additional gaps are closed, or else this won't help.
Here are some Recommended Traps you may want
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Review of Easy Set One-Door Cage Trap
- Durable, rust resistant Easy Set
Trap lets you set and release with just one hand, keeping you far
away from the captured animal .
- Features a solid plate covering the top and doors
that serves as a hand guard to limit contact with the animal,
- Sturdy door lock ensures that the animal won't escape while
the smoothed interior edges protect it from harm
Review of Small One Door Trap
- For trapping squirrels, rabbits, skunks, mink, and similar-size
- One spring loaded door
- Smoothed internal edges protect and prevent injuries to animals
- < Efficacy proven in extensive field testing means higher catch rate and fewer escapes
- < Comes fully assembled and ready to use with Instructions and tips on baits and
trap setting included
Another choice is to set several small cage traps on the roof (under eaves) and
bolted to fascia boards, to trap them all. But cage trap aren't nearly as effective,
and they often don't completely be successful, and they can capture non-target
squirrels. Once all squirrels are out, and any stuck squirrels are moved at least
five kilometers away, you can seal up the main entry hole. You will also want to
clean up their waste and nesting content, and examine for electric cable harm. But
wait! It's not always so easy. Squirrels go into attics to give birth to their
kids. You must cope with the child squirrels in the appropriate way. Below, and
on the many webpages of this website, I've published everything you need to
know about getting rid of squirrels in the attic.
[Squirrels in Attic - Picture]
[Single Door Squirrel Exclusion Trap Picture]
(2) For Urine
Do not try luring them out with food, do not try flushing them out with water, waiting
'til they were out and filling the hole (they came back), and many other things
Because THEY DON'T WORK.
What finally can work is spraying fox urine. You can buy it at a hunting supply
store. You can spray them in to the hole. Since foxes are higher on the food chain
than squirrels, they will leave promptly!
Here are some recommended Squirrel Repellents
you can get from Amazon.com. Click below to buy one.
(3) Ammonia Repels Squirrels
Try wetting rags with ammonia and spreading them around the general area that the
Squirrel is living in. Most animals have more highly developed senses of smell than
we do, and ammonia drives them nuts. At the same time, leave a light on in the area
where they are living, and leave a radio playing non-stop. The radio doesn't need
to be loud enough to bother you, just them.
You need to make sure that the animal has not left any young behind in the place
they were living. If given enough time, they will move their offspring out of inhospitable
environments, but it may take them several trips. here are
some recommended Squirrel Repellents.
(4) Close Attic Entries
Squirrels would be out running around during the day, but return at night. They
were always up at 4 a.m., running all over the attic having a great time while we
were trying to sleep down below.
Do everything in the middle of the day while they are out of the attic. First, walk
all the way around your home with a bag of nails and a hammer looking for any small
loose boards or gaps that need to be hammered down. They can get into very small
spaces. Then get hardware cloth (a wire mesh) at a hardware store and spread it
over any opening in your attic, turbine or other vents, and any kind of opening.
This is usually easier done from inside the attic. Use a heavy-duty staple gun to
secure the cloth or horseshoe-shaped nails. Don't leave any gaps. And if you hear
them trying to chew through it, go out and throw pine cones or rocks at them.
Once this is done, they didn't get back in; they moved into another nearby home
that was easier to get into. People try traps, loud music, and other things, but
the above idea simply works. You definitely want them out because they can chew
through insulation on wires and possibly even cause a fire.
(5) Another Humane and effective Way
Squirrels in the attic are a very common problem. Damage to attics as a result of
squirrel habitation is very rare. Squirrels will often leave attics in the summer
because the attic becomes too hot. You can wait until the hottest part of summer
and then block the holes. This is the most humane solution.
Find Their Method of Entry
Note: These techniques are appropriate for adult squirrels. If
babies are involved, humane eviction should be delayed until the babies are old
enough to leave the nest and survive on their own.
Check for Babies
- Check outside for any visible entrances, be aware that the holes may be smaller
than you expect.
- Check the attic for light shining through from the outside, this may be an entrance.
- Common entrances are attic vents, in the crease of two ajoining roofs, and in soffit
To Block the Entry Hole
- Babies are born twice a year, in the spring (January-April) and in the fall (August-September).
- Search the attic for nests, which are commonly constructed from insulation and other
materials.Nests are usually located closer to the outer edges of the attic, between
studs and into the eaves.
- A pole may be used to check for babies in hard to reach places. Of course, use care
as to not injure any baby squirrels.
- You will want to leave the nest undisturbed until the babies are older and on their
- This is best done at mid-morning on a warm sunny day. Squirrels are usually out
eating at this time.
- Check to make sure they are out before starting.
- Use 1/4" or 1/2" hardware cloth, which is available at any hardware store.
- Cut the hardware cloth 2" bigger than the hole on all sides.
- Secure it with a staple gun, U nails or regular nails and re-enforce with sheet
- Spray the area with Ropel ®, a proven repellant available at garden, hardware, pet
or feed stores.Or use Tabasco sauce ® in a mixture of 1 tablespoon to 1 quart water.
- If a squirrel is accidentally trapped in the attic, please refer to the instructions
titled, Block and Trap.
Block and Trap
- You can purchase a one-way door, made by Tomahawk Trap Co., available from ACES,
their phone number is 1-800-338-ACES or visit Tomahawk Live Trap's website.
- If all of the holes are blocked and it appears that squirrels are blocked in, then
live traps may be set in the attic. When the squirrels are caught, immediately cover
the trap with a large towel to reduce stress. Then, take the trap outside and release
it as close to the site where they were live-trapped. Improper relocation to other
areas or other habitats usually results in death for the relocated squirrel. Be
sure to use a repellant around the holes that have been blocked.
- It is best to wait to evict squirrels with babies until the infants are grown and
gone. Usually all squirrels leave the natal area 12-14 weeks after being born for
territorial reasons. Sometimes, one may stay behind, and then eviction techniques
may be used. If you really need them out immediately, then you will want to get
the mother to move the babies on her own.
- Go into the attic and locate the nest during mid-morning.
- Very gently tamper with the nest. Try pulling off the top of the nest and if possible
slide the nest over a foot or so. But, remember to be very gentle, babies are quite
- Place a radio, tuned to an all talk station, about 6' from the nest.
- Roll rags into a tight ball and tie with twine. Soak rag balls in ammonia until
saturated and toss them into the vicinity of the squirrels' nest.
- Check the nest the following morning. If the babies are gone, you can usually block
the entries. First, make sure the mother didn't move the babies to another part
of the attic. The radio usually prevents this.
- If the mother has or knows of an alternate nest site, she will usually move her
young within an hour or so. If she has to find or build a new nest, it may take
5 or 6 hours.
Note: In the winter, it is harder for the squirrel to find new nesting material.
Tree leaves that the squirrel uses to construct a new nest have fallen from the
trees. The squirrel may have to improvise to find a new home. This may be sheds
or barns, non-running cars or trucks, covered porches, patios or a neighbour’s attic.