Getting rid of squirrels can be difficult and dangerous if you are not someone who has a bit of handyman skills. If you’re determined to get rid of your own squirrel problem, you’ll need to get your hands on a squirrel exclusion door, screws, washers and a strong barrier.
For a barrier we recommend a strong steel material, the best is a 16 gauge galvanized carbon steel mesh which doesn’t rust over time. You will need to make sure your barrier is unchewable by squirrels. Squirrels can chew aluminum, wood, plastic and asphalt.
One-way door squirrel removal
You will need to do a thorough inspection of your roof to find the hole the squirrels are using to enter your attic. When you locate the area you will need to install your barrier and attach your squirrel one-way door to allow them to exit. The one way door will prevent any future entries into your attic from that area. Once the squirrels are evicted, you can repair that area permanently.
How do you know the squirrels are gone? You won’t hear them running and scurrying all over the attic anymore. Wait a couple of days to be sure there are no more noises and then patch up the roof. If you’re comfortable and curious you can also inspect the attic.
Squirrel Live Trap
Squirrel traps can be used to bait and trap gray squirrels, black squirrels, red squirrels and any type of squirrel for relocation. Just keep in mind, city by-laws allow a 1km relocation limit.
Trapping squirrels is very simple. First you must identify the type of squirrel you have, because red squirrels are significantly smaller than grey and black squirrels. Therefore you need a trap that’s half an inch by half an inch grading for trapping red squirrels. Grey and black squirrels can be trapped by using an inch by inch grading live trap or smaller.
The safest bait for trapping squirrels is peanut butter. Squirrels no matter what kind, like crunchy peanut butter. If crunchy peanut butter is not available, you can try using nuts.
To catch a squirrel, it’s best to map out the path that you’ve seen the squirrel use to travel and intercept that path with your trap if possible. If not placing your trap within close proximity to that path may still yield results, if slower. If you fail to catch the squirrels you want, try relocating the trap to another location near the path. Rinse and repeat until you are successful!
Do not use any removal method in spring and mid-summer during squirrel baby season.
two weeks before, during and after march and august are dangerous times to use one-way doors. Squirrels have babies in this time, and you would be leaving the babies without their mother to feed them. If that’s not enough a reason to deter you, then knowing that the mother will relentlessly chew your roof until she gets back in, might.
There is one exception in these seasons, and it’s to remove the babies physically from inside the attic and reunite them outside near the one-way door.
This allows the mother to relocate her babies to her secondary home and increases the likelihood she will leave your roof alone.
Do’s and Dont’s of dealing with squirrels
Here’s some tips to prevent squirrels in the yard
Get a squirrel proof bird feeder
Eliminate food sources
Motion Activated Sprinklers
Protect garden harvest and seeds using meshing / covers
Controlling squirrels can be challenging but it may yield the results you are looking for if you don’t want to hire a pest control company or aren’t suited to do the removal yourself. Using the methods listed above you may see a drop in squirrel activity in the yard, and therefore less likely to have a squirrel break into your attic.
What not to use in getting rid of squirrels
Chicken wire on entry points
Rat / mouse snap traps
Spices or chemicals that are claimed to keep squirrels away; in most cases they harm animals, trap babies inside attics or simply wash away with time and lose effectivity.