Getting Rid Of Squirrels in the Attic
Squirrels are considered to be adorable creatures, however, a squirrel infestation in your house can cause serious problems. They often carry ticks, fleas and can pass them on to you or your pets. Squirrels, like many rodents, spray their feces and urine in the areas where they live, posing a risk of salmonella.
Following are some ways to get squirrels out of your attic:
- Find the squirrel nest - If you have a squirrel family in your attic, search for a nest. Squirrels' nests are often composed of cardboard, leaves, or insulation. If it's February through May or August through October, there's a good chance you'll see baby squirrels. It's preferable to wait a few weeks until the babies are mature enough to leave their mother in this scenario.
- Seal entrances in your attic - Squirrels can get into your attic through minor openings. Seal these access spots with wire or caulking once you've discovered them. Allow one opening for the squirrels currently residing in your attic to exit.
- Use a one-way cage door - Install a one-way cage door outside the entry point you left so you can trap the squirrels in a cage as they leave your attic. After the squirrels have been trapped, move them to a new place at least five miles away. Trapping and relocating wildlife is unlawful in several states, so check your local regulations first.
- Hire a professional pest control business - Hiring a professional pest control company is the fastest and safest way to deal with squirrels in the attic. Squirrels and other wildlife are removed by pest control experts who use live traps and other means to keep these small animals from returning. Metro Pest Control is a humane wildlife removal company.
How to Keep Squirrels from Coming Back
After the squirrels have been removed from your attic, there are a few things you can do to keep them from returning, including:
- Trim trees near your roofline - Keeping trees near your roofline trimmed can help keep squirrels off your roof and out of your attic.
- Change the food in your bird feeder - If your bird food contains sunflower seeds, corn, or nuts, think about switching it out because these items attract squirrels. You might also want to consider getting a squirrel-proof bird feeder to keep these creatures out of the bird food.
- Scare squirrels away with a plastic owl - Placing a plastic owl on a fence post or on the roof can deter squirrels from entering your yard.
- Spray a squirrel repellent - Spray repellent made of garlic, water, and vinegar around the perimeter of your home to keep squirrels away.
- Use a motion-activated sprinkler system - This is a handy tool to keep various animals, including the squirrels at bay.
If you notice any symptoms in your home, office, or school, you should contact a professional like Metro Pest Control. We provide squirrel and wildlife removal services in Brooklyn, raccoon removal in New York, and other locations such as Nassau County, the Bronx, and Queens. Metro Pest Control Service was founded in 1977 and has been assisting individuals with pest problems ever since. You can also call us for a free quote or schedule an appointment on our website, www.metropest.com.