How To Get Rid Of Squirrels In An Attic?
Grey squirrels are a very common pest all across the UK. Many homeowners consider squirrels to be adorable woodland creatures but fail to realise the damage and issues they can cause to a property. Squirrels in an attic is a problem that thousands of people face every day, particularly now the weather is getting colder, and these critters are seeking a warm place to call home.
Squirrels often nest in loft spaces and attics because they are cosy and easy to access. Most homeowners don’t regularly check these spaces so pests can go undetected for a while, causing all sorts of damage. Squirrels in an attic are known to chew through cables, destroy woodwork and insulation, and leave droppings which can contaminate the area. If you have discovered squirrels in your attic, this guide will explain the methods that can be used to get rid of them.
Trapping is the most effective way of getting rid of squirrels from an attic. There are various laws and regulations around capturing squirrels with traps in the UK, so make sure you are aware of these before you begin.
Choose a live trap which is big enough for the squirrel to get in to and place it in an area with a flat surface. Bait will be necessary to attract the pest inside, and common options for squirrel traps are peanut butter or a solid bait such as whole nuts. Make sure you regularly check the trap to prevent the animal from being trapped for too long. Most importantly, never release a squirrel back into the world as this is against the law. All trapped squirrels must be humanely disposed of, and it is always recommended to use a professional pest control company for humane squirrel removal.
If trapping isn’t for you, then you could consider natural squirrel repellents. These can work but are often not a long term solution to a pest problem. Ammonia is one option for repellent and can be placed near a squirrels nest to deter them from the area. Any domestic cleaning products with a strong smell will work in the same way, but there is no guarantee that the animals will not return. Other repellents include scents which mimic squirrel predators, such as cats, dogs, or foxes.
It is important that you protect your home from squirrels re-entering after being removed or repelled. Check the attic and roof for any potential entry points and ensure they are properly blocked off using a fine mesh. Squirrels can get in using even the smallest of gaps in the loft so check the damaged eaves or broken roof tiles. It is also a good idea to cut down any vegetation that overhangs your property or climbs up your property, as squirrels can use this for access. Find out more about squirrel proofing in our rodent proofing guide.
Enlisting the help of a professional pest control company is the safest and most effective way of getting rid of squirrels in an attic. At Area Pest Control, we can help with squirrel removal and squirrel proofing for your home. Contact us today.