Humane eviction is the best way to deal with squirrels in your house. This method relies on a one-way door that allows the squirrels to leave their den but blocks them from coming back in.
A one-way door looks more like a trap or cage than an actual door. The contraption is made from thick metal that the squirrel can’t chew or destroy to gain entry once excluded from its den.
One end of the metal contraption has flaps that allow you to install it flash on the main squirrel entrance. Near the entrance to the den is a spring-loaded door that swings outward easily when the squirrel pushes through. Once on the opposite end, the door shuts and cannot open from the outside in. This effectively blocks the squirrel from getting back to its den. The contraption is wide open after the spring-loaded door, and the squirrel can simply wander off to find an alternative nesting place, preferably far away from your property.
Why You Should Hire an Expert to Install a One-Way Door
The actual one-way door is only one part of a multi-step procedure. It is first necessary to find all auxiliary entry points and seal them with metal flashing or galvanized steel mesh. Failure to seal all holes renders the one-way door useless as the wildlife will simply find or create an alternative route inside. Squirrels can fit into a hole about the size of an adult’s fist. There is no guarantee that you can find all alternative entry points without the help of an expert.
Another major concern with a humane eviction is accidentally trapping baby squirrels inside the den and separating them from their mother. Squirrels primarily break into homes to breed so there is a good chance that there is a litter inside. If you seal the hole without first removing the babies, you guarantee that they’ll die from starvation and dehydration. A determined mother can also cause extensive damage to your house attempting to break into the den and back to its litter.
Squirrels carry many diseases including the plague, salmonella, leptospirosis, fleas and mites which may be present in the nest. An expert has protective gear and the right equipment to thoroughly clean and disinfects the area after successful eviction. He can also help to repair damage such as torn insulation, chewed wires and compromised wood beams.
Hire a squirrel removal company in Toronto that provides a warranty of at least two years for the service.