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2 Ways To Evict Squirrels From Your Attic

Squirrels are deceptively cute. Their bushy tails and the way they scamper through the trees can make them look cute, but don't fall into their trap. They are also very destructive. When squirrels enter your house, they will chew up your insulation to make their nests, nibble on your wires, and, in general, create a mess. If you hear nibbling, scrabbling, and squeaking, you may very well have squirrels in your attic. If you do, you want to get rid of them because they will never pay your rent and they will just be destructive. 


One thing that you can do is toss some ammonia-soaked rags into your attic or crawl space. Ammonia is particularly stinky, and no one wants to be around it, including squirrels. It can be an easy way to drive them out. If it is springtime, you may have a mother and her kits in your attic. Your attic is a warm, dry place where predators can't get to the babies, so the mother will think it is a prime place to have her family. The ammonia may force them out, but the mother will have to take her kits out one at a time, which can take some time, so give her that chance. One way to find out if they have gone is to stuff some paper into their entrance hole. To get in or out, the squirrels will have to move the paper, so that will let you know if they are coming or going. 

Humane Traps

Another way to get rid of the squirrels in your attic is to place humane traps in and around your attic. If you do this, you will have to make sure that you check the trap daily so that the squirrels aren't left in there. You'll also have to be careful not to separate the mother and kits, if possible. If you do end up with young kits and no mother, contact a wildlife rehabilitation center to see if they can take the kits. 

If you think you have squirrels in your attic, contact a professional squirrel removal service in your area. They will be able to confirm whether or not you have them. The exterminator will also tell you what some of your options are for removal. They should also be able to give you some ideas on keeping the squirrels from coming back too.