If weird noises overhead are keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep, it might be time to look into how you can eliminate squirrels in the attic. If you have squirrels upstairs now, there’s a good chance they have been there for a couple months. Squirrels normally spend the autumn months stashing away enough nuts to last them through the winter. Then, they try to find a safe and cozy spot to spend the winter. Unfortunately for you, it looks like your attic meets their criteria.
Squirrels in the attic pose far more problems than just a noise disturbance. They will probably chew on various materials to create a nest for themselves. That means that wallpaper, wood, insulation, fabric, cardboard, and just about anything else you’re storing in the attic could be affected.
The squirrels will not use their nest as a restroom, but the surrounding areas are fair game. And did we mention the nuts? There could be piles of nuts and empty shells stowed away all over your attic. At this point you should be concerned, and wondering if it is possible to eliminate squirrels in the attic.
The good news is that there are a few good ways to clear the squirrels out of your attic, and keep them out. The first and most popular option is a live trap. Bait the simple wire contraption with nuts or other squirrel food, and the trap door will close behind the squirrel when he enters for the food. After that, remove the squirrels, and close off the squirrel’s attic entrance hole.
Watch and Wait
Another way to eliminate squirrels in your attic is to watch and wait for them to leave during the daytime, and then close off their entry point so they can’t get back in. This method requires a little extra patience because you have to keep a close eye on the roof until you see the squirrels take off in search of nuts.
A third method of eliminating squirrels from the attic is the use of excluder cages. The process begins by sealing off all but one entry point to your attic. Then, the excluder cage is placed at the last remaining portal. The excluder cage allows squirrels to exit the attic, but will not let them back in. After a certain period of time, you can be certain all of the squirrels are out, the excluder trap is removed, and the last entry point is closed off.
In all of these scenarios, it’s crucial to check the attic for any remaining squirrels – especially babies that may not be mobile. A thorough cleanup of nesting material, urine, feces, and other debris is also required. And lastly, it’s important to inspect the attic for damaged cords and wires to prevent a fire hazard.
Want to know more? North Fulton Pest Solutions has the answers for Atlanta homeowners. Call (770) 475-7419 to learn even more about how to eliminate squirrels in the attic.