Squirrels aren't so innocent once inside the attic or garden. They are known to disrupt the contents of the house in search of materials to use in their homes. They do this by biting and chewing on cables and furniture to rip open clothes and carry them along with them. They are also known to leave behind feces or dander and transfer fleas into the home. All these elements can cause havoc in your homes as well as lead to health risks to you and your pets. That is why it becomes important to know how to get rid of them and that is exactly what we shall be going through in the following article.
Trap the Squirrel
You can trap the squirrel in the attic or find out what its habitat is and trap it there. You'll need to observe its usual route and see what it does and where it goes. Then observe where it enters the attic from and you could place your trap there. Don't forget to place a bait in the trap or the trap won't work (peanut butter is known to work best). There are several types of traps available in the market and you could go in for one that is most convenient for you, as well as keeping the size of the squirrel in mind. It will be more convenient for you to place the trap near the squirrel's home rather than the attic. This will ensure more success.
Another effective method that has been known to work is the use of repellent sprays. You can make your own homemade squirrel repellent and use that to get rid of the squirrels. Spraying the contents of this spray around the attic will lead to a strong smell that repels the squirrels by irritating their noses and causing them to avoid the attic.
Prevent its Intrusion
There are ways in which you can prevent the squirrels from entering the attic. Here are some of the ways:
- Keep the garden and attic absolutely clean. Which means do not store garbage there. Also, clean the foliage that falls, or the squirrels will scrounge it for nuts and seeds to feed on.
- Check the house and attic for places that the squirrels can enter from. Once you find them cover them with steel wires (anything else and the squirrels will chew right through it).
- Trim the branches that fall against the house which can act as a means for the squirrels to enter.
- Squirrels are also attracted to the bird feeders around the garden and therefore make their way into that. One great way of how to get rid of squirrels in the attic is to use squirrel-proof bird feeders such that the squirrels are not able to access the food that is kept out for the birds.