This article makes the assumption that you have a squirrel inside your home, most likely in your attic, or inside your walls.
Squirrels get into people’s attics most often to give birth. The attic provides protection from weather as well as from predators. No one, however, wants to hear the scratching and running about of squirrels in the attic, nor does anyone want squirrels peeing and pooping in their attic either. Furthermore squirrels have been the culprit of house fires after chewing on electrical wiring insulation causing the wires to become shorted and to catch fire.
There are two methods for getting a squirrel out of your attic. The first is to find where it enters, wait for it to leave and then seal off the opening with some durable metal screening or chicken wire purchased from your local hardware store or feed store. The second method is to trap the squirrel and then release it far from your home.
There are, however, some difficulties associated with both of these methods. For example, if you seal off its entry point while the squirrel is away, you might, inadvertently, seal in baby squirrels. Once those baby squirrels die, the smell of their decomposing bodies will cause your home to become almost uninhabitable.
To prevent this, you must know, prior to sealing off any entry points, whether or not the squirrel has had babies in your attic. Typically this will require that you climb into your attic with a flashlight and look around. It’s best to do this when the adult squirrel is away because just like any wild animal, she may try to bite you if she feels her babies are in danger.
If you find baby squirrels in your attic, you can remove them, (doing so will cause them to eventually die), or you can leave them alone until they are old enough to follow their mother out of the attic, at which time you could seal off the entry point.
If you choose to use a live trap to get the squirrel out of your attic, you’ll still need to locate and seal off the entry point so that other squirrels won’t take up residence in your attic as well.
Trapping squirrels is fairly straight forward, requiring only that you purchase a live trap and place it in a location where the squirrel will easily find it such as placing it so that it intersects a portion of the trail or path the squirrel uses inside your attic to go to and from the entry and exit point. You can also place the trap outside its entry / exit point. This way you can capture the squirrel while it’s outside.
(If entering your attic beware of any fiberglass insulation. Touching this type of insulation will often cause microscopic bits of glass to become stuck in your skin which will produce pain and itching for long periods of time until your skin eventually sheds the piece of glass.)
Getting squirrels out of your attic is not difficult and not very expensive. Live traps can be purchased at nearly any feed or farm supply store. Setting these traps is very easy, and you can readily test it with a pen or pencil to make sure you are setting the trap correctly.
The four most important things to remember about getting a squirrel out of your attic are:
• Don’t let a squirrel die in your attic, it will stink up your home
• Once you have removed the squirrels, seal off any entry points to prevent further problems
• If you trap a squirrel, you need to release it very, very far from your home, other wise it will just come back.
• Squirrels bite. Use caution when handling or transporting a cage containing a trapped squirrel.