Squirrel Removal: Do DIY Methods Work?

Squirrel removal needed for squirrel resting on the side of a house

A squirrel invasion of the sacred space you call home can really disrupt and disturb your quality of living. Believe me, I know, I’ve been there. Earlier this year, I woke up in the middle of the night to sound of something running around in my attic. I knew that my house was being invaded by some sort of pesky nuisance animal, but I didn’t know who the culprit was. The next day I set out to identify the unwelcome intruders. Walking around my house, there it was standing on my roof flickering it’s tail, taunting me at the scene of the crime – a squirrel. It had chewed through the eve of my house.

How to Get Squirrels Out Of The Attic

In an instant, my life-long perception of squirrels as the cute little furry critter that lives in the trees and stuffs its cheeks full of acorns changed to a nuisance that I had to get rid of. Because it was winter and cold outside, I didn’t want to hurt it, but I definitely didn’t want it living in my attic. I was also concerned for my safety. I began to surf the web looking for some squirrel removal methods that people had talked about. To my surprise, there were a number of DIY squirrel removal methods.

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Different Squirrel Removal Methods

WikiHow.com listed off several different squirrel removal methods that I thought made a lot of sense. The first method talked about exclusion. Exclusion involves patching up holes or any spaces in your house that are big enough for squirrels to get through that is except for one hole. The one hole that is left open is used for an exit. The next step is to create a funnel and attach it to the house. The funnel needs to be large enough at one end for the squirrel to exit through. It also helps to put some type of food at the narrow end of the funnel to prompt them to evacuate sooner.

Humane Squirrel Removal Using Traps

The second squirrel removal method involves actually setting up live traps in a corner or hidden area of the attic and using peanuts, peanut butter, walnuts, soda crackers, bread crusts, or apple slices to lure them in. If this method is employed, please make sure that the trap is small enough that the squirrel doesn’t injure itself trying to escape. After trapping a squirrel, you want to make sure you move it at least 10 miles from your house, but make sure there are no babies in the attic. The babies deserve to go with their mother. Lastly, make sure to leave a trap in the attic for at least a week after you catch the last squirrel.

Repellants and Strobe Lights for Squirrel Removal

The other squirrel removal methods that I researched involving the use of different forms of repellant ranging from leaving a radio playing in your attic, to moth balls, to ammonia soaked rags, to using terrible smelling spray repellants made with predator urine. Out of all the repellants I researched, industrial strobe lights were probably the most effective DIY method I found, but there are even surveillance videos on Youtube showing squirrels exhibiting a bizarre fascination by strobe lights.

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Are DIY Squirrel Removal Methods Feasible & Effective?

With all that said, after spending way too much time researching squirrel removal methods, I realized at the end of the day that hiring a wildlife control animal removal service was my best and easiest option.

Animal Remover Nuisance Wildlife Management will not only provide safe, humane, and effective squirrel removal services but will also repair holes in your home to keep the squirrels out along with a full attic restoration service to clean up the mess that they make. Having squirrels in the attic is a serious hazard. Believe it or not, they are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year. Don’t take a chance on your safety and health. Call Animal Remover for reliable and affordable help today. You’ll be glad you did!