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Squirrel Hole Fix

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04.12.2005 - Here I am, doing my job as a nuisance wildlife control operator, up on a stepladder, bolting in a new vent cover to keep wildlife out.  It's about more than just catching critters.  In my opinion, the more important step is in preventing them from causing problems in the first place.  This home had squirrels in the attic.  They were able to enter the house via these vent holes in the soffit.  The flimsy vent covers have rotted and fallen out over the years, and it's a very simple access point for squirrels and other animals.  Squirrels can climb concrete walls like this, or just swing around from the roof and jump in.  For added measure, the squirrels chewed some of the woodwork around the entrance hole.  I'm not sure why squirrels often do this, even when there's enough space to easily enter.  I suppose it's just part of their general rodent gnawing behavior, or perhaps an instinct to gnaw holes to get inside, even if there is enough space.

There were several such holes around this house.  In order to solve the squirrel problem, I sealed off all the holes except for one, the main one I thought that squirrels were using.  On that main hole I set an exclusion door and traps.  I removed all the squirrels, and once the were all gone, I sealed that last hole.  I am seen in this photo sealing one of the secondary holes.  This house had many entry points, which is usually the case.

Remember, the most important step in a total wildlife control solution is to stop the source of the problem - if you have wild critters in your attic or home, the only way to permanently solve the problem is to close all the entry points! This is a special skill, and it requires extensive knowledge of both architecture and animal behavior. Being a skilled repairman also helps. All repairs should be done in such a way that keeps animals out for good - this often means sealing with steel, and sealing openings so that they are airtight, with no trace of airflow for animals to detect. Remember, rodents can gnaw through almost anything, and raccoons can tear through almost anything. While it's important to trap and remove animals, and clean up the waste they leave behind, the most important step in solving the critter problem and in keeping animals out forever is to identify and repair every last critter access point into the building. Without this crucial step, the job isn't complete.

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