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Squirrels Love To Chew Through Wood To Get Into the Attic

When possible, squirrels will enter an attic through an already open hole, such as a vent with a missing screen, or a gap under an eave entering the roof. However, if they must, they will chew through wood to gain access into an attic. They are rodents, and excellent chewers, as you can see below. They will often find a small hole, and they can smell the air coming out of the attic, and they will chew a wider hole that they can fit through. This is usually at least 1.5 inch in diameter.


Here we see the hole that squirrels have chewed through the wood fascia board of this building.


Here is a closeup. You can see that they chew through the outer wall, and then they have easy
access into the attic. Squirrels just love to live inside of attics.


I set a one-way trap right on the hole, and catch the squirrels as they come out. This trap was
set 3 stories up on a large commercial building on the corner with shrubs and trees blocking easy
ladder placement. Not an easy job.

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How do you prevent squirrels from chewing on wood? You can spray pepper spray, or baste very hot sauce on wood, to discourage chewing.

People always want to know how to how to get rid of squirrels. Squirrels are one of the most common problem animals, not only here in central Florida, but throughout the country. You may have squirrels in your attic you want to get rid of or perhaps squirrels in your chimney. There is no good squirrel repellent that will get rid of them, nor are there any pest control companies that do squirrels. You want to hire a licensed wildlife removal specialist who can perform squirrel trapping and removal services for you. The squirrels can be safely removed from the building without resorting to extermination or killing of the squirrels. A good wildlife control operator will also find and seal all of the entry points and perform squirrel prevention services. In Orlando Florida, call AAAnimal Control at 407-729-6946

Customer Inquiry About Squirrel Chewing: Hi David, We have an old, one room, log cabin in the woods, that has NUMEROUS entry points. We have a carpenter friend who has designed something to take care of these (hopefully). Our question...how can we get all of them out before installing? And then...how would we ever be sure that we did indeed get all of them out? This has been an ongoing problem for years. Our ceiling was a fiberboard material, of which they would chew through. Now we have put FRP over the fiberboard, assuming they can not chew through that???? Then we were told if we put a Purple Martin house outside, that they would move to that. Don't know what to do. Thank you in advance, for any suggestions you may have for us.

My response: Install the barrier in all but ONE main exit hole, and put a one-way exclusion funnel on that hole. Leave it for a few days, then remove it and seal that last spot.


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