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Jim writes,

How does one do away with squirrels in the attic?


Getting rid of squirrels that have taken up residence in your attic can be difficult. The only thing that really works is trapping them. You can use a cage trap such as the Havahart 1025 baited with nutmeats or birdseed. Since this is a no kill trap, you need to check with your local authorities to see if(and where) the animal can be released or if it must be destroyed. Once you have trapped and removed the squirrels, you need to figure out how they gained entry and seal up the opening to avoid having more of these pests move in. Most openings that are 2" or less in diameter can be closed with a product such as Stuf-Fit copper mesh and expanding foam. Larger openings may require a fine mesh hardware cloth (available at most home improvement stores) or other suitable material. Be sure to trim back tree branches so that they do not overhang or touch your home. Bushes should also be trimmed, so that they do not touch your home and so that you can see the soil beneath them. Bird feeders should be removed or relocated away from the house to eliminate food sources. By changing the environment around your home, you are making the area less suitable for squirrels and lessening the chance that you will have them invade your home again.

Answer last updated on: 12/24/2010

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