How to Get Squirrels Out of Your Attic
Squirrels might be cute and entertaining to watch in the wild, but if they get inside your home, they can cause plenty of problems. If you’re like most people, you don’t know how to get squirrels out of your attic, but that’s where we come in.
First, let’s start off by exploring the reasons squirrels in your attic can be such a problem.
Why it’s important to get squirrels out of your attic
- They gnaw at the structures within your homes, causing significant damage.
- They can transmit diseases.
- They bite!
How to get squirrels out of your attic
- Determine entry points. Look for holes, crevices, cracks, broken screens… anything that’s big enough for a squirrel to wiggle its way through.
- Seal potential entry points. Seal up open vents and chimney tops with wire mesh, use brick and other solid materials for large openings, and use caulk to seal up any cracks or holes elsewhere.
- Leave one entry point open for the escape. Find the largest, most obvious entry point and leave this one open for the squirrel to escape. The only thing worse than having a squirrel in your attic is having a dead squirrel in your attic (that smell… yuck!). Cover it up with something movable such as newspaper or cloth to not only let the squirrel leave, but to also give you a sign of whether or not the squirrel has been active.
- Drive them away. Squirrels are fast and they love to hide. And once they set up camp in your attic they won’t want to leave, especially if they’ve given birth up there. Drive them out on their own with plenty of loud noises and bright lights. This isn’t a fool-proof technique, so you’ll want to bring in a pest control company if you still notice signs of them after a few days.
- Call in the pros. Even if you’ve successfully gotten a squirrel out of your attic, there’s no way to know for sure if you’ve gotten them all unless you inspect your entire attic. Unfortunately, this can be extremely dangerous. Squirrels can become violent when they feel attacked, so it’s important to have all the necessary means of protection when searching for signs. That’s where we come in! Often times, people will assume their squirrel problem is taken care of and seal up entry points, but fail to realize there may be a nest somewhere in the attic with babies in it. Adult squirrels will leave periodically and return with food for its young. However, if it can’t get back inside to feed its young, they’ll eventually pass away, and believe us, you’ll smell it.
Calling the pros is the only way to guarantee that your squirrel problem is taken care of. We take pride in protecting your home and family from all pests, including squirrels. If you’re having a squirrel problem, call us to come take care of it. 706-979-2536