There are several species of squirrel, but tree squirrels are the the most common nuisance for homeowners because they inhabit atticsand cause damage. Squirrels are typically discovered because they make a lot of noise in the area they inhabit.
Squirrels are abundant in the wild because their numbers far exceed the number of predators. The large population and decreasing natural habitat due to construction in many areas causes them to seek shelter in houses. The cool months of fall and winter cause squirrels to seek the warmth that is found in attics.
Answer:If you do run them temporarily (example moth balls), it would run you out as well. Even at that, after sealing up their entry points, they would gnaw inside making another entry point.
A consistent trapping program is best for squirrel complete control.
Safequard # 50450 Single Trap -for all squirrel types; Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, and the larger Gray Squirrel. This trap also traps rats well.
Traps Squirrels (red and flying), rats, weasels, chipmunks and similar sized animals. Single door rigid live trap. Automatic locking doors to provide an almost escape proof catch every time.
Havahart #1077 Squirrel Cage- for the larger Gray squirrel types, but not the smaller squirrel types.
The 1 inch grid would make this trap less preferable for trapping rats or the smaller squirrels.
For trapping gray squirrels,you will want to place their traps along their pathways or points of entry...such as along the roof, at the base of a tree, or base of the building they are entering.
Flying squirrels would need to be trapped inside the attic areas, in that they glide into the attics. Look for their areas of activity..such as droppings, when placing the traps. The insulated areas, with their tunnels and nests that look like piles is another place to set up the traps. After trapping and relocating the squirrels you can seal the openings with 1/4" mesh hardware cloth or metal flashing. Look for all possible entry points. If you are not handy with tools, many nuisance wildlife control companies will seal entry points with a year's guarantee for a fee.
Using Bonide's Repel All Animal Repellents may cause the squirrels to flee the area. These repellents come in a concentrated liquid form or a granulated form. Using it would irritate the squirrel, causing it to avoid or escape the area.
There are several exclusion product that we recommend. Use a copper mesh wool or Xcluder Fill Fabric to stuff into holes and bigger openings. For smaller openings, use Foams in an aerosol form such as Pur Black NF Foam. It fills and seals voids.
Photo courtesy of: Grolier Encylopedia
Normal habitat is inside tree cavities in hardwoods.
Smaller than the grey squirrel,entering the smallest of cracks and holes. They are about 9 inches long, which includes a 3-4 inch tail, weighing about 3 ounces as an adult. The have a dense soft brown fur, white belly.
The flying squirrels don't really fly, but glide into attics from trees. They do this by means of a thin skin that extends out from the sides of the body and connects the front and hind legs as shown in the above picture. In "flying," the squirrels leap spread-eagled and use their outstretched gliding membranes for gliding and their bushy tails for guidance. Glides of 60 metres (almost 200 feet) or more have been recorded.
Flying Squirrels can enter the attics through the eaves and soffits thru small cracks. These squirrels may easily enter the space between the roof top and facia board , chewing the area for a wider entry point.
These squirrels chew on ornamental and potted plants. Damages screens. They may gnaw on wood, electrical wiring and insulation causing fires.
Fly squirrels are nocturnal with their major activity at night. They are known to make plenty of noise during the night. Can by commonly heard,making a great deal of noise at night between sunset and sunrise. May be heard landing on the roof or the sides of the house.
Photo courtesy of: Grolier Encylopedia
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