SQUIRRELS IN THE ATTIC
Once inside your structure, squirrels will make a lot of noise and cause damage. The first sign of an unwanted guest is noise. These noises may be in the attic or walls. Try to inspect these areas. You must identify who the intruder is before you can address it. If the noise occurs at night, the animal is probably nocturnal. Flying squirrels make a lot of noise and you will hear them anytime between sunset and sunrise. Tree squirrels are active during the day and you would expect to hear them anytime between sunrise and sunset. Tree squirrels will confront you in the attic. To them, you are an intruder. If you go in the attic to inspect, tree squirrels will stand their ground. Flying squirrels will avoid you at all costs. They will burrow into insulation and generally do not want you to see them. Droppings are another clue. Tree squirrels will leave droppings anywhere; flying squirrels have a designated place where these droppings will accumulate. If you are finding droppings all over the attic but you only hear noise during the night, you have either mice or roof rats.
Once the activity is properly identified, it needs to be removed. Don’t waste your time with glueboards or snap traps. You may get lucky and catch one or two with such a device, but once others see their friends and family trapped and killed, they won’t go near one. Forget about using some kind of poison to kill them. There is none labeled for squirrels. Rodenticides are for rats and mice only. Squirrels don’t like to eat the poison but if you mix it with some attractant you might get some hungry squirrels. In general, it will take a lot to kill a tree squirrel. Furthermore, these animals tend to hoard food and are likely to be taking your bait and not eating it. This is particularly true with any of the pellet, meal or bait block formulations.
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