Rat traps. Bait with string soaked in peanut butter. They can't just
lick it off, and you can just dump the dead tree rat and re-cock the
trap and go again without re-baiting.
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Spammers are Scammers. Exterminate them.
1. Get a new, non-rusty cage trap ($20 at hardware store) and put
sunflower seeds on the trigger plate, not an apple. Place the trap
outside. Drown them in a plastic bin of water and dump them in a
plastic bag and discard, or just bury them. Squirrels are easy to
trap. You can decimate the neighborhood squirrel population in a few
weeks. It's by far the easiest way to go. Put dish soap in the water
to keep mosquitos from laying eggs. You might also place a rat trap w/
peanut butter in the attic just in case you're hearing rats.
2. I've heard that squirrels tend to be resistant to poisoning because
food goes through them too fast.
3. Block attic entries when you get the vermin out. Ammonia vapors
will drive most critters out, but take precautions (gloves, eye
We had this in our summer house attic once and my dad and our dog did
the trick. The dog cornered them and my dad just wore thick gloves
and grabbed them and put them back outside. He joked that the babies,
after he put them down on the ground ran back to his glove. Anyway,
after he thought he got rid of them in the attic, he put moth balls up
there just in case and that was a BAD idea. The smell eventually got
into the house and that wasn't good.
I think you must close the access hole(s) first or they will keep
going back and forth. And when you close the hole(s), use some other
type of material than the orig material or they may just chew thru it
again especially if they have babies in the attic. If I recall, they
tend to be more alive at nite. Probably traps will be best because
you don't want them to die just anywhere in the attic. If that
happens they may die and you won't find them and the smell may get
into the house.
My dad lived in Arkansas and had a terrible time with squirrels. His
home was red wood sided and they chewed right through to gain access. He
tired everything to deter them from getting in, chemicals, cats, wire
mesh. Nothing worked. He would even sit in the back yard and pick them
off with a .22 short rifle. (no comments about Arkansas and rifles). He
finally had to put siding on the house when one squirrel ate right
through the dry wall in the house.
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