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How To Get Rid Of Squirrels in Your Attic

Are resident squirrels doing a number upstairs? Here are several ways to remove them without damaging your home.


  • Step 1: Seal attic openings Locate any openings through which squirrels are accessing your attic. Seal with caulk, steel, and wire mesh.
  • TIP: Squirrels can chew through wood, so avoid using wood to seal openings.
  • Step 2: Recheck the attic Check the attic for nests and baby squirrels.
  • Step 3: Use mothballs or fox urine Try mothballs or fox urine in affected areas. Fox urine, which can be purchased at hunting stores, makes squirrels wary of predators.
  • Step 4: Don't use poison Avoid using poison to kill squirrels in the attic. A poison treatment presents a secondary danger to pets – and humans – in the house.
  • Step 5: Keep your house tight Be sure to maintain a tight seal and cover any new openings that crop up. You'll soon be enjoying quiet nights once again.
  • FACT: There are more than 365 species of squirrel.
  • Step 6: Set trapping cages Set trapping cages in your attic. Place them near openings or suspected squirrel entry points.
  • TIP: Release trapped squirrels in wooded areas a significant distance away from your house.

You Will Need

  • Trapping cages
  • Caulk
  • steel
  • and wire mesh
  • Mothballs or fox urine

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