Five squirrels from one house.

Customer Squirrel Email: David, Great website. Here’s what’s happening. I have had a single access between two roofs where squirrels have been getting in and out of my attic. I sealed the access up at a time of the day when I thought the squirrels were outside. Apparently I was wrong. I discovered that the patch was being chewed on from each side...squirrels trying to get in and a squirrel trying to get out...which is worse? I’ve spent a lot of time in the attic trying to figure out what’s happening and I’m fairly confident that I only have one squirrel inside (unless there are babies, but I haven’t heard any). I have taken the patch on and off a few times to try to let the inside squirrel out, then I put it back on, but I never seem to get it right. The next day there are always scratch marks on the patch so I know he’s trying to get out at some point. I have a live trap set, but as you pointed out, I haven’t hand much success at catching him. I was hoping that he would eventually go in there to get some food. I don’t want to be cruel to the little bugger, and I don’t want a stinky dead squirrel in my attic. What should I do? Should I try to catch the squirrel via trap or other method. Or should I open the hole and risk more squirrels getting in? I will look around for babies, but I haven’t seen or heard any, and I’ve listened very carefully!! Any advice you have would be much appreciated! Dave

My Answer: You won't be able to catch a squirrel with a trap set in the attic - they won't go inside. You need to open the hole, or else the squirrel will die inside. Once the hole is open, you can set a one-way exclusion door on the hole, or you can set traps outside, where squirrels will enter a trap.

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Probably the most common human/wildlife conflict nationwide is the one between people and squirrels. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is an agile and common suburban and urban animal, and it loves to chew and explore. They frequently raid the birdfeeder, but this isn't a big problem. The real problem is that squirrels commonly seek out places in which to live, and this commonly includes human dwellings - attics, crawl spaces, walls, chimneys, and more. They chew and often cause damage inside buildings, to wood and electrical wires. The only way to permanently solve a squirrel problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings, after the animals have been trapped and removed, of course. One-way exclusion devices also work very well for squirrel problems in buildings. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Squirrels page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as squirrels. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or squirrel control issues.

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