I can hear them up there. I'm guessing they are squirrels, I set out a large
have a heart trap. about 3' x 1' x 10". I hung an apple above the trigger
and they ate the whole apple. This is an old rusty trap I borrowed so I took
it down and cleaned up the "friction" points and adjusted the catch slightly
so it will be more sensitive.
I'm not sure the squirrels are heavy enough to set it off? Also instead of
letting the apple hang down a couple of inches I wired it tight up against
the top of the trap right over the raised plate that will set it off. I also
put a blanket over the trap so they cant get at the apple from the outside.
If I don't get them by this weekend I'm going to have to call a pro....
What do you think they will do? and what do you think they would charge???
If I get the bastards, the whole trap is going in a trash barrel filled with
water!! Seems like the whole neighborhood is filled with squirrels!!!
Thanks for any info you can offer.
Maybe $80 bucks?
It appears you have provided them access to your attic by not keeping
entries sealed. Always check that vents and such have SOLIDLY ATTACHED
SCREENS. But, have patience, the trap will work. They took the bait
once, they'll take it again.
Yes, your whole neighborhood is filled with squirls! Just like it was
before you moved in. Drowning them just seems a bit over the top don't
you think? There are many more where they came from. You should be
angry at yourself for providing them the access in the first place.
Learning to live with nature is a lot easier than you think. I kinda
like the critters myself. Then again, I don't provide them access to my
yea but he could have used some 22long shot shells. These wont go
through the walls too easily put will take down the squirel with a well
placed shot. Good only for 15 to 20 feet though. Can get a single shot
Rossi for $80 no permit required, no course required. Whats an FID?
Must be out of US or in Kalifornia.
Even with a permit/licence etc. it is generally illegal to discharge any
fire arm within most city's limits even if it is inside your house. But if
your neighbors are far away and you don't mind shooting your walls, go for
Seriously though, denying them access will solve this problem and any to
come in the future. A few soffit vent covers, some caulk at some well
chosen gaps and maybe some expanding foam shot into larger gaps that are
hard to fill. A few years ago I injected expanding foam through holes
drilled in the cieling into a particular impossible to reach gap in the
attic to keep some birds out.
:) If I don't get them by this weekend I'm going to have to call a pro....
:) What do you think they will do? and what do you think they would charge???
They will determine what you are dealing with and where they are getting
in at....cost can depend on the service they do and the part of the
country you are in. Cost can be as low as $50 or has much as $300
Yes, I must close their access. I dont want to close it up until I get them
out. I thought they were using the soffetts because the screens were chewed
out in a couple of them... I covered those with duct tape and expected to
see them chew through it. The tape is still there after a few weeks...
I didnt think to look at the other soffets, I'll bet they chewed through
another one instead of through the sticky tape???
I'll check that when I get home.
I have a cat but its a pussy, maybe when its a little older but right now it
just stares at them and twitches its ass...
As far as killing them, I mean our neigborhood is infested with squirrels!!
Many more than usual. I found three dead ones in my swimming pool this year
and I've never had that happen before. ( there are trees right along the
side of my pool) I'll have no problem drowning them!!!
I have not used the method I am going to suggest, but it sounds like it
I read once that placing a shallow pan (or pans) with sides in the
attic and pouring ammonia in it will drive varmints from the attic. The
idea is to make the surface area large enough to fill the attic with
ammonia fumes so that they must exit. Once they leave, you must seal
the entry points so that when all the ammonia evaporates they don't return.
Do you have a hunting license? Is it squirrel season in your state? An
exterminator cannot remove them. Call your local Game and Fish Commission
(same as you would if a fawn or alligator fell in your swimming pool);
they'll be delighted to come out, capture the animal, take it for a
check-up, then release it into the wild.
The pro I called used peanut butter in his trap. We only caught one
squirrel even though they always live in pairs (plus babies twice per year).
After we closed up the access hole we used peanuts to verify they were all
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