Pest control companies across the world often deal with rodent removal from attic spaces quite often, since attics are great hiding spots for the average family of rodents. It may sound surprising however squirrels are one of the most common rodents that seek refuge in attic spaces – mainly because they are expert chewers (they can easily chew their way into an attic space).
Squirrels are super fast animals and have the ability to outrun even the quickest humans, so how do pest removal workers catch them?
By utilizing the latest advancements in technology, of course!
The best way to identify squirrels (if you believe that they are living in your attic) is to look for their droppings which are of 1.5 – 2 cm’s in length and appear blunt and spindle shaped. Once you have done this you can attempt to remove them yourself (or call a professional pest removal expert who will be able to effectively remove the rodents) using some of the following tactics:
Traps – live cage traps.
Live cage traps are the preferred type of trap for squirrels and they are compact in size. When these traps are being used, they should be safely positioned in an area which is out of the way. Live cage traps are a relatively new form of trap in the pest removal market and they are extremely effective at catching squirrels and racoons. Avoid placing traps out in the open, as squirrels are more likely to ignore them if they are obviously placed – they are smart creatures. Even though squirrels are super fast and smart, live cage traps almost always work: a swing bar mechanism instantly locks shut once the squirrel enters the trap.
Ensure that an appetizing bait is used in the trap for the highest chance of success. Common bait’s may include: apple slices, bread crusts, soda crackers, walnuts, peanut butter, and peanuts. Place the food deep inside the trap to stop the squirrel nabbing the food without going inside.
Sound – ultrasonic repellants.
An ultrasonic repellent placed inside the attic is certain to help with scaring the squirrels away, and is usually the first piece of technology that a pest removal expert will utilize.
Ultrasonic repellents are built to emit a high-pitched noise that is only effective on certain animals including squirrels. This type of technology might not be a practical choice if pets are in the home because they might be able to detect the noise which could cause problems. Alternatively, an old radio tuned into a talk show can offer a cost-effective alternative to create a similar noise.
Light – strobe lights.
Installing flashing strobe lights with a pulsating effect is another popular method of scaring most pests from an attic space. A light that gives off bright and sudden flashes will startle the squirrels and hopefully cause them to move on. If this technique is successful at driving the squirrels away, make sure that they take any offspring with them otherwise you’ll have the same problem within a few weeks. An alternative to this is to use a regular attic light left on constantly.
Repellents – natural or chemical repellants.
Specialized pest repellants have grown in popularity over recent years and are now engineered to be more effective than they once were. Use a natural or chemical squirrel repellent and give the infected area of the attic a thorough spray, focusing mainly on the nesting site. Most of these repellents are non-toxic products and easy to self-use in the home and there is no need to worry about effects on your family or family pets.
Before most of the above technologies existed, pest removal experts had a hard time eradication squirrels from attic spaces – so much has changed today. If you contract a skilled pest removal expert, squirrel removal is almost 100% effective. Much of this technology is available for purchase online (although it can be expensive) however to avoid recurring pest removal nightmares, we recommend using a professional 9 times out of 10.
If you decide to tackle the problem yourself, visit the Attic Pest Authority for advice on dealing with squirrels that are living in your attic.