How to Keep Squirrels From Gnawing Into My Attic


Squirrels are excellent climbers and are prone to getting into bird feeders and even your attic. Unfortunately, once inside your attic, squirrels can cause significant damage. They may gnaw on wood and wires. Moreover, many squirrels are infested with fleas and mites and carry diseases, such as tularemia and ringworm, that are transmissible to people. Fortunately, there are ways to keep squirrels from getting into your attic.

  • Cut back trees that hang over your home. This will make access to the attic more difficult; however, it may not prevent squirrels from entering your attic entirely. Squirrels travel on telephone wires, fences and other objects.

  • Screen or block all potential entrances to your attic. Hardware cloth, available at most hardware stores, works well for gaps and holes. Check your windows for broken vent screens.

  • Spread squirrel repellents over the areas that are being gnawed. Most squirrel repellents contain hot peppers, such as cayenne, red and chili peppers. Common repellents include Squirrel Away and Scoot Squirrel.

  • Set up traps. In case squirrels are persistent and continue to get into your attic, you will want to have a couple of traps. There are several types of traps available at most home and garden stores. Keep in mind that only eastern fox tree squirrels can be killed without a hunting license or permit and thus you should consider purchasing a live trap.

  • Hire a professional. If all else fails, consider bringing in a professional. Squirrel invasion is a common problem and wildlife professionals are equipped with the knowledge and resources to remove squirrels from your attic and prevent them from returning. Find a local wildlife professional at the Professional Wildlife Removal homepage.

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