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stev32k
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Re: How to locate squirrel's entrance into roof?

If you use a rat trap for a squirrel you need to tie the trap down. The spring is not strong enough to kill it outright and they will drag the trap all over. You can drill a hole in one corner of the trap and use fishing line to tie it off to something like a nail or screw.

The only problem is you will have a live squirrel with it's head in a trap that is running around like crazy. Then what do you do?

TheSMJ

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said by stev32k:

If you use a rat trap for a squirrel you need to tie the trap down. The spring is not strong enough to kill it outright and they will drag the trap all over. You can drill a hole in one corner of the trap and use fishing line to tie it off to something like a nail or screw.

The only problem is you will have a live squirrel with it's head in a trap that is running around like crazy. Then what do you do?

After reading this, I took the traps off the roof, put a screw in the back, and tied one end of a piece of twine to the screw and the other to one of the gutter support screws, reset and put each back (there are two)

If nothing happens by the time I get back from work tomorrow, I'll come up with another plan. If I have to kill the things, I'd rather it be quick. Leaving them up on the roof to wait for me to come home and finish the job (not sure how I'd do it yet at this point) seems cruel.

As much as I want to call the exterminator, a $110 upfront cost + $75 for each animal caught feels like a rip off. Maybe I'll just buy the damn $40 live trap.

*grumble*


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$110 upfront + $75 for each one caught?! Dam - break out the pellet gun

Beezel

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said by PoloDude:

$110 upfront + $75 for each one caught?! Dam - break out the pellet gun

Also you can have 'em for dinner afterwords.

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For me trapping is a death sentence as it's illegal to transport/relocate them. They might carry a disease or parasites and the state doesn't want people spreading that stuff. All we can do is trap then kill so the best option here is a 5 gallon bucket filled about half way up with water and a layer of sunflower seeds on the water with a ramp up to the top so they can eat seeds and go for a swim.
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HarryH3
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Re: How to locate squirrel's entrance into roof?

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The squirrel has to approach the trap from the business end or it just sends the critter flying when they trip it. I found that putting the trap in a box forces them to approach it properly and then it had no problem dispatching them with extreme prejudice...


Snakeoil
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A couple of rat snakes might help get rid of the squirrels.

Though I'm sure you wouldn't want the snakes to get into the living areas of the house.

Beezel

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I have no problems with snakes but the ol'lady would.

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I'd take snakes over squirrels any day!


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Have you tried a one-way door squirrel door? Cost me $40 and some time to screw it onto the entrance/exit hole in the attic. It lets them come out when they want but doesn't let them back inside.

TheSMJ

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There are two entrance/exit holes, and they're not in a great spot to mount anything since there's little to no room around the sides of the holes unless I wanted to drill into the shingles. I'll try to remember to post photos this weekend.

Besides, if I put something up that allows the squirrels to leave but not get back in, it would be as though I just blocked off the holes while they were out feeding during the day. They'd come back all peeved that they can't get back in, and start wrecking my roof looking for another way. The only way to prevent that would be by removing them from the area.

There are cages you can get w/ and exclusion door on one end, so they'll all run out and get captured in the same cage. If I could find one of these for sale that would work best.


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Block off the hole that is most difficult to mount a one-way door, and then mount the door to the other hole.

said by TheSMJ:

Besides, if I put something up that allows the squirrels to leave but not get back in, it would be as though I just blocked off the holes while they were out feeding during the day. They'd come back all peeved that they can't get back in, and start wrecking my roof looking for another way. The only way to prevent that would be by removing them from the area.

You are over thinking this. The squirrels will find another home when they cannot get back into your house. Yes, they will be peeved but they cannot destroy your house trying to get inside. They have to find shelter, food, water, and a new home. They are not going to shred your roof. I know from experience.

A cage is great if you want to deal with catching, transporting, releasing, and then hoping you caught them all before you close up the attic holes. Accidentally miss one and close up the holes too early? Your house will stink from the rotting squirrel inside.


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said by TheSMJ:

There are two entrance/exit holes, and they're not in a great spot to mount anything since there's little to no room around the sides of the holes unless I wanted to drill into the shingles.

You use wire mesh to guide the squirrels to the trap, as shown above.

Source (more photos) - »www.247wildlife.com/squirrelphot ··· otos.htm


PSWired

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I was thinking of this thread earlier this morning as I watched birds carrying nesting materials into my attic:



They've now been evicted and new hardware cloth should be keeping them out of that vent.

TheSMJ

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So, I decided to just repair the holes created by the squirrels using hardware cloth and Pestblock expanding foam. Since the holes (or more like crevices) were very narrow at about an inch and a half wide by five inches long, and surrounded by flashing and shingles on all sides (and I didn't want to drill into them), I folded a few layers of .5" hardware cloth into a C-shape and jammed them into the holes, as well as areas surrounding the holes. Then I fired in a bunch of the foam, filling the cavities of the hardware cloth. The foam takes 8 hours to fully cure, which was more than enough time before dusk when the squirrels would return.

I checked everything again the next morning, and from what I could tell from the the ground, the area was untouched! It's been a couple of days now and I have yet to hear any activity in the roof during the morning or at night, so I think I'm squirrel free.

Pestblock foam: »www.homedepot.com/p/GREAT-STUFF- ··· ACcpVIw0