How do I get rid of a squirrel in the attic?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bellydancer, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. bellydancer

    bellydancer In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2007
    He's either in the attic or nailed up in the exterior roof under the attic-- how do I get RID of him???

    There was a squirrel tunneling up into my attic a couple of weeks ago from the wood under the eaves-- my hubby checked the attic, didn't see any squirrels or anything else, and patched up the hole.

    Now that little annoyance is STILL up there and I can see him from outside, un-nailing all the nails and un-screwing all the screws-- from the inside-- trying to get out.

    Well, I'd like him out, too! We don't see him when we go up in the attic, but we hear him somewhere between the attic and the roof-- chewing, chewing.

    I'm so annoyed-- do I need to call animal control? Wait for him to chew his way out? Undo the patch job and wait for him to come out-- what?[​IMG]
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'm pretty much a do-it-yourselfer, but this is one where I'd call in the experts in the critter control business.

    My dad had a house once where a squirrel got in like that and it caused $1000's in damage before they finally got them out.

    The sooner you get rid of him the better!

    Good luck with it!
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    You can go to your nearest rental place and rent a trap, and drive him far away and let him go. If you let him out near, he will come back.
  4. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Keeping the lights on and a RADIO playing up there will also help drive them out! It helped with my chipmunks and BATS! [​IMG]
  5. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Or you could just climb up there and act like a NUT!! LOL

    Couldn't resist!! [​IMG]
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Set a box trap with some yummy bird seed and such. Since our squirrels always raid the bird feeder, that should do the trick and get him in if he's hungry. Then like someone else said..take him far , far away. I swear those tree varmints reproduce at the sound of a bird seed bag. They are not only annoying, they are rodents and disease carriers.

  7. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Years ago we had squirrels in our attic. I smeared peanut butter on packets of rat poison and threw them in there. A week or so later it stunk so bad - 2 squirrels died. DH went up to the attic and got them out.
    Our daughter, who was a teenager at the time, wanted to know if he "hurled". Very disgusting. [​IMG]
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    We had something in the eaves and between the floors during the summer. We even heard it scratching in the walls...reminders of Amityville Horror and Poltergeist and all sorts of horror movies I've seen...
    I bought some mothballs, poured them into old kneehigh stocking, tied it with a long string and tossed them where I heard the moving...I have heard them again only once since and I need to refresh the mothballs. blech
  9. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    We had a mother squirrel and her babies. The babies were trapped, and we thought that the mother had got back out (there was a hole) and a proffesional patched it up. She ended up trapped inside our walls (we don't have insulation, we live in a hundred year old house) and she stumbled or bit wires. Sparks flew, the neighbors called the fire department. Everything electric blew up. Thank goodness for insurance!

    Just get the deed done ASAP!
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You'll want to leave it a way to get out so that it doesn't die in your house and stink.

    If it leaves, re-do your repair and he wont be able to get back in.

    If it doesn't leave, get a trap and bait it with peanut butter.

    After its gone, spread some moth balls around your attic, critter can't stand the smell of them and certainly won't make a nest in there.

    Or, get a cat to let loose in the attic, but keep lots of money on hand to cover the cost of repairing the huge amount of damage that will cause. [​IMG]

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