New England Squirrel Removal Trapping And Exclusion

How TO Squirrel Trapping In New England

How To Trap Squirrels DIY

DIY Guide Squirrel Trapping

 

 

It is critical that homeowners know their state and local laws, before they attempt any wildlife control, removal or trapping procedures on their property.

Squirrels in the attic

One of the most common complaints that we deal with as a nuisance wildlife control company; is squirrels in the attic and squirrels in the soffit and eaves of a home. Squirrels are notorious for chewing through roofs, vents, soffits, eaves and for making contractor voids bigger to gain access into a attic space. Once inside the chewing doesn’t stop. They will chew on rafters, electrical wires and anything else in their way. Chewing, scratching and scurrying sounds, in the early hours of the morning is normally signs that squirrel are present in your attic. On the roof, eaves or soffits you may see insulation hanging out. Inside of the attic you will see run marks, shredded insulation, nuts, twigs, leaves, squirrel feces and smell squirrel urine. Depending on the time of year you may be able to pinpoint nests in the attic, but nest with babies may be concealed in the attic eaves or wall spaces. Removing squirrels from the attic and keeping them out is not an easy process. It has taken us many years to prefect our squirrel removal techniques. We are often asked, how do I remove squirrels from the attic and the answer to that is to trap or exclude them. Below is a step by step guide to humanely trap squirrels that have taken up residence in your attic.

Guide to Humanely Trap and Remove Squirrels in the Attic

This guide is written by a wildlife control specialist with many years of knowledge and experience in humanely removing squirrel and other wildlife from attic spaces.

Tools you will need

  • Ladder that will get you to the roof of your home
  • Screw gun
  • Screws
  • Traps (roof mounted cage trap, repeater trap or one-way exclusion door trap, you can get any of these traps at Wildlife Control Supplies
  • Steel
  • Caulk
  • Respirator
  • Hazmat suit

Lets Get Started

  1. Thorough inspection of the structure from the foundation to the roof. I cannot stress enough, how important this 1st step is! You will be looking for the entrance holes. Common areas would be where a roof line meets another roof line, soffit and eave area, soffit vents, ridge caps are plugged, plumbing stacks are screened,  roof vents (check the screens), gable vents (check the screens) if siding is loose in areas check behind the loose siding for holes. Remember squirrels are small so the hole maybe smaller then you think!
  2. When the inspection is complete you should know where the squirrels are coming and going from.
  3. Thorough inspection of the attic space, look for damage done to the attic such as chewed wiring, shredded insulation, debris (twigs, nuts, leaves), chewed duct work and depending on the time of year, you may need to look for a nest full of babies (when searching for a nest full of babies, (look at the edges of the attic).
  4. Seal all holes with steal, but the main hole.
  5. We use repeater traps mounted at the entry hole or one-way exclusion door traps mounted on the hole. (make sure you read how each trap works before you decide what trap is best for your situation, if babies are involved we have two choices wait until they are big enough to move around or we are able to remove them by hand. We think it is best to wait until they are big enough to move around)
  6. When we are sure that we have trapped and removed all the squirrel from the attic, we remove the trap and seal the hole with steel. (best way to know if you have removed all the animals is to stick a wade of paper in the hole if that paper has not been disturbed then you know that all squirrels are out)
  7. Clean-up the attic, when squirrels or other animals live in the attic space they use that space as a latrine, they will poop and urinate everywhere, leaving the space a potential heath risk to you and your family and a lure to other animals. It is recommended to clean-up, decontaminate and deodorize the attic. This might include removal of insulation that is heavily soiled.
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