Trapping Squirrels in the Attic

Trapping Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels are incredibly agile creatures that will find their way into your attic if given the chance. As these rodents carry diseases and risk starting fires by chewing on electrical wires, it is imperative that you evict them from your attic as soon as possible. The key here is to do it right. If you suspect a squirrel infestation in your home, give Squirrel Removal Toronto a call.

The most common squirrel in North America is the grey squirrel. This squirrel appears either grey with a white belly, or completely black. Grey squirrels measure up to 30cm in length and have long, bushy tails that reach as many 25cm long. These animals feed primarily on seeds, nuts, berries, and fungi along with the occasional insect. As rodents, squirrels can chew through practically anything, even metal. They use their strong teeth not only to eat tough nuts but to manipulate their environments in the construction of nests. Female squirrels are attracted to attics because they are a safe and warm place to raise their young.

If there are squirrels in your attic, you may have noticed a lot of squirrel activity happening on your roof. You may also have heard the animals squeaking, chattering, and thumping around in the attic. Removing them from your home is the right call, but trapping is not the right course of action. Trapping risks harming the animals by leaving them in the cage for too long and forcing them to die of dehydration or starvation. They may also injure themselves in their attempt to escape. Separating a mother from her babies, for instance, would terrify her. Relocating trapped squirrels is also inhumane because they have territories; they will have to compete with the animals of the new territory for food and shelter.

To remove squirrels from the attic, install a one-way door to the entrance of the nest instead. One-way doors look a lot like live traps, but instead of trapping the animals, they simply let them leave the nest and prevent them from coming back. The squirrels will walk through the door and it will shut behind them. If you can find the nest, check that there aren’t any baby squirrels inside. If there are, you should remove them carefully and place them in an open cardboard box. Then, place the box on the roof next to the entrance for the mother squirrel to come get them. Again, you do not want to separate a mother from her babies. She will find a way back inside the house, damaging you home further in the process.

Squirrel infestations are a lot of hassle, but they can be handled with the right equipment. Squirrels usually keep a few spare nests nearby, so you also don’t need to worry about them surviving after kicking them out of the home. If squirrels are giving you a hard time, contact Squirrel Control. We’ll find the nest that is giving you trouble and evict the squirrels in the quickest and safest way possible. Call Squirrel Control now and find out about our pest-proofing services: 647-496-0815.

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