Getting rid of determined squirrels and their families can be tricky business. While it is important to act quickly, employing band-aid solutions can sometimes make the problem worse. Below is a list of things you should be aware of before tackling a squirrel problem on your own.
Sealing the squirrel’s entry point without being absolutely sure that they are all gone can be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes homeowners will keep an eye on the entry point and wait for a squirrel to exit before closing the hole and locking them out.
It is important to remember that at any time between March and August the squirrel in your attic could have babies. A mother squirrel locked away from her babies will chew at your home for hours and cause extreme and needless damage in an effort to reunite with her young. During winter and mating season, adult squirrels will often nest communally. Locking a single squirrel out of your home could leave others to die in the attic, causing horrible odours and unsanitary conditions. Removing dead squirrels can be even more difficult and expensive than humanely evicting them.
Even more dangerous is going a day without hearing squirrel noises and proceeding to close the entry. Squirrel activity can vary from day to day and going even a few days without hearing them does not mean they have left.
Trapping and relocating nuisance wildlife can also complicate matters for you without providing an effective solution. With 50-60 squirrels occupying a square kilometre, it is impossible to catch them all. Even if all the squirrels could be removed it would not take long for others to move into the space and take advantage of newly abandoned den sites and food sources.
Some people believe that trapping and relocating wildlife to the wilderness is humane when in reality they could be contributing to suffering and death. Here are some more reasons trapping and relocating squirrels is not the right solution:
Spray foam seems like a quick and easy solution to seal all the holes squirrels seem to slide their way through. Unfortunately, spray foam is no match for the strong teeth and claws of a squirrel. Since squirrels chew through aluminum and wood to access an attic, spray foam is nothing to them. Not only does this waste your time and resources, it creates an even bigger mess to clean up once the squirrels get back inside.
It is often suggested that squirrels can be scared from your attic with loud music and bright lights. These types of remedies should be ignored. Any music would have to be played at such a high volume and for so long that it would bother you and family more than the squirrels. It is also impossible to fill your entire attic with light. With mountains of insulation to build nests, the squirrels easily block it out.
Chemical deterrents are also impractical. You would have to cover every inch of your attic with these dangerous problems to have any chance of bothering squirrels. At that level, you are more likely to impact your own health and well-being before any animal.
Although DIY always seems like a quick, easy solution, when it comes to wildlife control this is not the case. DIY solutions create safety risks for the animal, and waste your time and money. Even if you succeed in getting the squirrels to leave you will still have a large mess of feces, ruined insulation and structural damage to repair. Not to mention, DIY solutions rarely prevent wildlife from coming back.
Only trained professionals are able to safely complete a removal and protect your home. Skedaddle technicians have equipment that has been tested for over 30 years to protect homes from squirrels. Using galvanized steel screens and wildlife exclusion sealant, Skedaddle technicians seal each and every entry point squirrels could potentially use. Don’t try and handle your squirrel problem alone, call us today and find out what we can do for you at 1.888.592.0387.