This past early spring I heard a serious scrambling noise over my
living room ceiling, most likely made by a squirrel. I have heard it
off and on, but haven't heard it for about a week now. When it
last occurred, it was night and the temp was in the low 50's.
Spring in the NE has been fairly cool- except for the past 3-4
days when we have had a heat wave- 90's every day. So I just closed up
the suspected entry point (hole in board covering the eaves.) I can
easily remove the covering if necessary. My theory was that the
heat would have driven the varmint out for sure and that he was
no longer up there.
Was this a good idea? The last thing I want to have happen would
be for a squirrel to die up there, even though I will be away for the
Your advice and experience would be *very* much appreciated. I
will remove the cover if enough people tell me to.
One of my sons faced this problem recently. Roofer came out and plugged
opening but did not find or plug an opening in chimney cap. Squirrel
was nesting there as son was not using fire place and fell between
chimney and pipe outer liner and died. There was stench, maggots and
flies in house. It took a chimney guy and contractor (to remove siding
to access) to get out the maggot infested squirrel and cost my son
several hundred dollars.
You definitely do not want to seal opening with squirrel inside. I think
critter control people would put a one way attachment over the opening
before sealing. If you can access nesting area, a Hav-a-hart trap could
catch the squirrel. Large rat snap traps sometimes work.
I've had mice in attic and trapped in walls and poisoned and trapped
them. Fortunately if they die in attic, there is no air access to house
and I've never smelled them.
You don't want to do that. By now they ( not likely just one) have set
up housekeeping and may well have some little ones. If you are successful
at blocking their current access, they WILL find a new access, even if they
have to chew through some 2X4s. Call in the pros, they will know the
nesting times in your area and hopefully they have not nested yet. They can
trap the critters and when they are sure they have them all, then you want
to block their access.
Nightime, running at about 9-10:30pm? It sounds like the flying
Squirrels I had. They chew through wood and will make a new hole to
get out or die trying. I used a bucket of amonia and threw mothballs
to evict them then sealed the hole, they are actualy nearly tame since
they never see us, I caught 2 and they were tame, one got in and was
on my fireplace and I walked right up to it. Open the hole then try to
stink up the attic
On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:12:29 +0000, frank1492 wrote:
I had chipmunks getting into the soffitt and fascia via the corner vinyl
molding on the house. I plugged all but one of the openings with foam
and then set a rat trap. Caught 9 of them in a couple of weeks. I went
2 weeks without catching any more and then plugged last hole.
Plug all entries except one and then set a trap for the critter. it
helps to know what it is so you know what bait and trap to use. Once
trapped and activity stops, then plug the hole.
If an animal is trapped without an exist, it will get creative and try to
make an opening to escape or die and sink.
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