Are there any strange noises coming from your attic that stops you from getting to sleep at night? Maybe you can hear little footsteps bouncing off the floorboards as you’re walking across the landing. Those noises you hear aren’t coming from ghosts, and your boxes of junk haven’t grown any legs. It’s possible that there could be squirrels getting inside and you will need to get rid of them if you ever want your home to be quiet again.
Lots of homeowners have gone through the exact same thing before and some of them didn’t fare too well. Squirrels are more intelligent than you might give them credit for and if you want to get rid of them you need to do it the right way, or you’ll end up wasting a lot of time. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. We’re going to look at a few ways you can get them out of the attic and you will also be able to make sure they never return.
Trees close to your home
You have to stop squirrels from climbing up any trees that are close to your home because they are great at jumping long distances. Anything within 6-8 feet of the roof and they could easily make the gap. It’s actually quite easy to stop them from getting up, but you will need to put a band of sheet metal around the trunk. Make sure it’s about 8 feet above the ground and they won’t be able to jump over it. You can also trim your tree branches so they will find it difficult to jump from tree to tree.
Look for entry points
Go into your attic and look for any holes where they could be getting in. Don’t expect to find a huge hole because they can fit into any gap that is the size of a human fist. If you don’t have a light in the attic you will need to use a strong torch so you don’t miss anything. Make sure there is no rotten wood because it will break away easily. Another great place you can look is down at the bottom of the floor where a squirrel could sneak in under the tiles.
Don’t trap them inside
You might be thinking the easiest option would be to seal off the gap as soon as possible, but if you do that there is a possibility you are trapping a squirrel inside. If they can’t get out they will make even more noise and they will drive your crazier. You’re lucky that summer is approaching because your attic will be warm and it’s less likely they will be in there. Scrunch up a newspaper and put it in the hole. If it’s still there after two days your attic is probably empty and you can seal the hole properly.
Lay a trap
Maybe the squirrel loves your attic and it doesn’t want to leave. You might have to lay a trap for it and once you have caught it you can take it outside. It’s important that you lay a towel over the trap otherwise you might hurt the animal. Just because it runs around in your attic doesn’t mean it deserves to be hurt. If there are babies in a nest they could take about 3 months until they are ready to leave. It’s either that or you can call the exterminator and ask them to retrieve the nest.
Don’t worry about it
I know it’s annoying when you have uninvited guests in your attic, but it won’t be long until they are gone. Just implement everything we’ve looked at today and it will all work out fine. Now you just need to keep checking for new holes otherwise more will get in somewhere down the line.
Jonas Grant works as an exterminator for an established Calgary pest control agency. He often blogs about his interests and opinions.