I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
If you have been hearing scratching sounds in your attic during daytime hours, you could very well have a squirrel problem to address. Squirrels are not nocturnal like raccoons and mice, making them noticeably heard if they decide to take up residence in your home's upper level. Here are some steps to take to remove squirrels and ensure they do not return in the future.
Hire Some Help Quickly
Since squirrels can harbor disease, it is best to have a pest control service come to your home to handle the removal of them from your attic. They will use methods in trapping the squirrels so they are not harmed in the process. The service will most likely check on traps daily and remove any squirrels they have caught so they can be relocated.
Another removal method used is to place a one-way door over the point of entry the squirrels had used to get into your home. The service will check that there are no inhabitants hiding in the attic after several days and will recommend you plug up the point of entry afterwards.
Find The Point Of Entry
The best way to keep squirrels from returning is to find out where the point of entry is where they are getting inside. Get up on your rooftop and pay close attention to the soffits, underneath any eaves, and around vents. If you notice any areas where gaps are present, fill them with pieces of steel wool. Cover them with pieces of flashing held into place with caulk. Smaller crevices can be filled in with expandable foam.
Keep Squirrels Away From The Home
After you have plugged up any entryways, you will still want to be diligent in keeping squirrels from the top of your home so they do not try to gnaw at the material to try to get back inside. Make a homemade deterrent spray using a five ounce bottle of hot pepper sauce, a teaspoon of dish detergent and a gallon of water. Place some of this solution in a spray bottle and shake to mix well. Spray the areas near the point of entry on your rooftop to keep squirrels from trying to get back inside your attic.
Cut back branches overhanging over your rooftop so squirrels are less likely to use them as a way to get near your attic. Cut any brush near your home as well. Do not feed squirrels in your yard so they will move on to other quarters due to lack of sustainment.