Even after cutting down trees near my house, I've got a squirrel building a
nest in an attic vent on the roof. The little devil just climbs up the
The vent has screen mesh at the bottom, so they don't get into the attic
itself, but I'm stumped for a control method. Trap at the base of the
chimney? Poison? I hate to put squirrel goodies so near the house and
attract yet more of the pests.
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When I had squirrels in the attic I used rat poison and put hardware
cloth over the openings. The squirrels had chewed through the side
vents, did some serious damage to the vent, and partied in the attic.
They destroyed leather golf covers and golf bag.
Probably go with the live traps at the base of the chimney to try to
reduce the local population. Peanut butter or the dried corn on the cob
works well. might prebait with the trap set not to close for a day or
two to let them feed unharassed. Some models of the traps have a small
hole on the trigger panel, or you can drill one yourself where you can
run a wood screw through the hole and screw on the cob piece where the
extra effort in the cage will trigger the trap.
Be aware that, legally, squirrels are "game animals" and come under the
protection of your state game and fish and wildlife department. That means
you need a licence to "hunt" them and may only use certain approved methods
during certain times of the year ("squirrel season").
It's not all bad, though. Damage by squirrels should be covered by your
homeowners insurance inasmuch as they are not "nusiance rodents," but "game
It can probably differ in other states but in Texas, hunting is the only
legal means one can kill a squirrel so laws governing fire arm usage in
cities/towns come to play so the home owner has to either contact the
mayor's office if in a town or the county judge in rural areas, they in
turn have to contact the wild life department to have the situation
looked at and then they send out someone to determine if lethal means is
in order. All that said I have yet to talk to a wildlife official or
animal control personnel that has a problem of a homeowner doing away
with any problem squirrel.
the insurance industry classifies squirrel damage as from "bothersome
rodents" ... don't think I can recall anyone being covered for
structural damage other than having a clause covering specific damage
caused by the rodents
Get some rat traps, yes they have to go! They ate
my wiring in the attic, and almost burned my house down!
Thank God the breaker tripped! Bait the trap with peanut
butter..they like Jif. I caught 3 in 2 hrs.
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