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The 3 Best Ways to Remove and Prevent Squirrels from Your Attic

The 3 Best Ways to Remove and Prevent Squirrels from Your Attic

If squirrels are invading your attic space, it is time to take action. Yet, squirrel removal is no easy task. Prevention helps, but what are the best ways to remove and prevent squirrels from moving into your attic?

Squirrels cost millions of dollars in damages every year. A squirrel caused $300,000 in damages to an ice arena being converted to a community center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The squirrel was nesting in the rafters and got into the electrical equipment on the roof.  The critter created a power surge that damaged the HVAC unit, the boiler, and all of the electrical wiring. The squirrel did not survive.  

Vermin don’t just stick to ruining community centers. A squirrel will begin to look for a place to nest around one year of age. .  

Squirrel in the attic
The first signs that a squirrel has moved in are the sounds of scampering while they forage

How to Remove Squirrels from Your Attic

When we have provided our squirrel removal services, we have found that they prefer to nest in places that provide protection from predators and a cozy environment to raise baby squirrels, known as kittens. This is why attics are their preferred choice.

It may have been the sounds that first alerted you to the presence of an animal living in your attic, but there is other evidence to observe. If you recognize the warning signs of squirrels living in your attic, you must take action to remove the animal.

If you intend to remove a squirrel on your own, you will need patience and a few tools. 

  • Humane traps: Cages or netting are effective alternatives to set a trap that will kill the animal, which is illegal in most states.
  • Squirrel appropriate bait: In our experience dealing with squirrels, nuts, seeds, and cheese are the most common bait options. Note that the food may attract other animals.
  • Approved Sanitizers: You must fog the area where the animals have nested and the access points. You can do this before and after the removal of the squirrels in the attic.
  • Environmentally Safe Repellent: There are several on the market. Capsaicin products are a popular choice. Be careful that it does not disturb other wildlife.

After you have removed the squirrel from your attic, it is a good idea to consult a professional pest control agent like Critter Stop, who can ensure that the animal is gone and that you have taken the necessary precautions to keep the squirrels from returning.

Squirrel trapped in a cage
Trapping squirrels in a cage is a good way of removing them from your home without harming them. 

3 Best Ways to Prevent Squirrels from Getting into Your Attic

Squirrels are wild animals and are unpredictable. They can be dangerous and may have rabies or other transmittable diseases. Although, generally, these animals are harmless to humans. They are not harmless to your home.

Once you have removed the animal, there are things that you must do to prevent the animal from returning. Especially if you have chosen humane squirrel removal options.

1. Locate the Source of Entry

Because of their size, squirrels can fit into some tight spots. Locating their points of entry will be the first step to prevent vermin from entering your home. It may be a time-consuming process, and you must be thorough.

The roof, eaves, and overhangs are the first places to check. Also, consider if there are any trees or décor they can climb. Trim your trees, and remove unnecessary exterior furnishings. After locating how they are getting in, you must then seal it off.

2. Remove Nests and Droppings

To keep other critters from moving into the newly vacated space, you have to remove the nest and any droppings they left behind. Some vermin are opportunistic and will take the opportunity at an upgrade if they find your home to be more suitable.

The nest and excrement left behind will worsen over time, and the stench and damaged materials cause deterioration and depreciation of your house.  Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove odor-causing contaminants.

3. Replace Insulation and Soiled Building Materials

Small rodents are notorious for chewing on wood, wires, and other building materials. You are more likely to discover you have a pest problem by first seeing the evidence of animals. You will see holes in your roof or siding, or nesting materials, like insulation, around the house.

If you are going to make these repairs yourself, wear gloves and other protective gear. If you choose to hire a professional, you are looking to spend $1,500 to $15,000 on repairs depending on the damages.

removing insulation
When critters invade your attic, normally chew on insulation to use it as nest material.

Squirrels in Your Attic is Not Your Only Problem

The American Public Power Association (APPA) developed a data tracker called “The Squirrel Index” to track the extent of the power outages caused by squirrels each year. One thing this data uncovered was that squirrels are not the only cause for these disruptions.

Other critters that are nuisances are:

  • Mice
  •  Rats
  • Raccoons
  • Opossums
  • Birds

Since other pests may be to blame for the damage that critters cause around your home, make sure that the vermin you are dealing with is a squirrel. You may find once you have removed one menace that you might have another.

Prevent and Remove Squirrels from Making a Home in Your Attic

Pest control isn’t just for when you have squirrels in your attic. Your local pest control professional has solutions to prevent critters from invading your home. It might seem like a do-it-yourself project for you around your house, but you need to hire a professional when it comes to pest prevention and removal.

At Critter Stop, we have a specialized team that has patented a four-step process for squirrel removal and other infestations. Removal, sanitizations, and deterrent set-ups are the techniques that we use, with one essential process that keeps the squirrels from your home permanently.  

Do you hear a strange noise in your attic? It’s no ghost. You have squirrels or other pests. If vermin are making themselves at home in your attic, call us at (214) 234-2616 , and schedule an free appointment. We’ll stop the critters bugging you.

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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