Squirrels in the Attic? Here's How to Remove Them
Squirrels love attics: they offer a warm, dry place to live safe from predators — a perfect place to build a nest a raise young. However, having a squirrel in the attic can be dangerous for your family as the animals often chew wires, sometimes right down to the copper. Although it can be difficult to get rid of a squirrel in the attic, the following techniques are often successful.
The best way to ensure the squirrel in the attic is gone for good is to use a trap. One way to catch squirrels is to place a cage below the hole they use to enter and exit your attic. A repeating-type trap will allow you to catch all the squirrels at once.
A second option is to hide the cage somewhere within the attic. Place food, such as peanuts, bread crusts, or apple slices, deep within the cage to entice squirrels inside.
Whatever option you choice, you will then need to release the squirrels, along with their babies, if you find any. If allowed by local law, relocate the squirrels at least 15 kilometres away from your home to reduce the likelihood that they will return.
Keep cages installed for up to one week after your release the first squirrels you find. There may be another squirrel in the attic that you also need to catch.
A good alternative to trapping is exclusion, which you can achieve with a one-way door that allows squirrels to leave the attic but not re-enter. However, this method will be ineffective if the squirrels have more than one entrance. Furthermore, if your home has wood trim, squirrels may cause significant damage trying to get back in.