Having open holes and unsecured closures to an attic is an invitation for many wildlife species including squirrels.
Note: Always use caution when entering an attic, if the flooring is unsecure or you do not feel safe, do not enter. Contact a local animal removal agency to help you humanely remove the animal.
If you do choose to enter the attic, follow these guidelines:
Step 1: Encourage squirrels to leave on their own by making the attic uninhabitable.
- Entering the attic making a lot of noise to scare the animal away. Playing a radio at the entrance using an all-talk radio station. Sprinkling Naphtha Flakes around the area (babies must be mobile) or distribute urine-soaked kitty litter in and around the den. Keep the area brightly lit. If there are very young baby squirrels in a nest, make sure they are able to exit on their own.
Step 2: Before permanently blocking any entrance, check to see if the squirrels have left.
- Spread flour near their nest site and check for tracks.
- After 24 – 48 hours. Block one hole with loosely crushed newspaper. Block all other holes completely, with strong material. Wait another 24 – 48 hours. If the newspaper has not been disturbed, you can assume all the animals have relocated.
Step 3: When you are sure the squirrel has left:
- Make the necessary repairs to prevent other animals from getting into your attic. Call a professional to make necessary repairs if you are unable to. Check the home for loose roof vents, rotten or loose soffit, loose shingles or holes in the garage. Make sure your chimney is capped securely.
- Remove overhanging branches or trees, old TV antennas, etc. (anything that may give an animal a way to get in your house).