Managing Nuisance unwelcome squirrels.

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Excellent wildlife nuisance animal pest control knowledge case study article for managing squirrels who have taken up unwelcome residence in your home.  written by Deric Beroshok, owner of  Wildlife Control Services, LLC. Who is also now a customer.

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By Deric Beroshok.

The cold months of December and January are very busy for Wildlife Control

Operators as far as squirrels go. A lot of the calls I get are for squirrels for those two months. They can be pesky critters to remove to say the least.

You know you have squirrels if you hear noises at dark and then again atdaylight. The squirrels are active in the morning at daylight because they are getting ready to leave the attic. They are making noises and the homeowner hears it. The homeowner also hears noises at dusk because the squirrels are coming back in for the night. You also can tell if you have squirrels if you notice nuts in your attic. A lot of customers call around Christmas time because they went to their attic to get their Christmas tree and noticed all the nuts in their attic.

Obviously, you need to find the entry point or points. One of the easiest way to get rid of squirrels is to put a trap over the hole. This is called barricade or positive setting. This method is used on several animals as well. You mount a trap directly in front of the hole, so the squirrel has to go in the trap. Don’t leave any room for the squirrel to go around the trap. Squirrels don’t weigh a lot and it is fairly simple to mount a trap on the side of the customers house, barn, etc.  

Some prefer a trap and some prefer a one way door type of trap. The one way door trap is exactly what it is called. The squirrel leaves the attic by going through the trap and its one-way door. The squirrel can’t get back in because the door only operates in one direction.  Those traps have their uses in some cases, but I prefer the trap. I charge by the squirrel and I want the squirrel in my hand to show the paying customer. They feel like they are getting their money worth if they see the animal. Some prefer not to see it “in person” they just want me to take a picture of it. I then email the picture to them from my smart phone. Most of the time the customer is not at home, they are at work and email is a great tool. The problem with one-way door is you don’t know how many squirrels left the attic. So you are going to have to charge by the job and not by the animal. Another problem, you do not want to use a one-way door if the squirrel has babies in the attic. They will definitely chew another way in to get to their young. Some will chew to get back in even if they don’t have any young. That is why I prefer to trap them and remove them from the property all together. A problem with keeping them in a trap is sometimes they stress themselves to the extent of exhaustion and they expire in the trap. Now you have a dead squirrel in the trap hanging from the customers house for all the neighbors to see. That is a problem with kill traps that you might run into if you decide to use those types of traps. You will get a call from the customer complaining that there is a dead squirrel hanging from the side of their house and they don’t want their kids to see it.

As far as bait, peanut butter and a little bird seed works great. Those energy bars also work great. There are numerous food types that will catch squirrels. Obviously, I like the type that has a small amount of nuts in the bait. You just can’t beat any type of nuts when it comes to squirrels.

As mentioned before, the squirrels leave the attic for the day. If you place a trap in front of the hole during the day, chances are the squirrel is already gone. At dark, the squirrel can’t get back in. A lot of times the customer tells me that after I placed the trap, they have not heard anything. After several days of the customer not hearing anything, we remove the trap and fix the hole. I can’t charge them for the squirrel because I didn’t catch it but I did help the customer and that is my goal. They are pleased, and they will tell their friends and business keeps coming in. 

I personally don’t like setting traps in the attic because I need access to check the traps every 24 hours per state law. The homeowner is not at home, as earlier mentioned, for various reasons. It is very difficult to coordinate times for someone to be there to let you in to check traps. It is much easier to drive by the customers house and check traps from the outside. If you do catch something, you have to remove it and I don’t want to carry a live or dead squirrel through their house on my way to my truck.

Deric Beroshok – Owner- Wildlife Control Services, LLC

Tags: Nuisance Wildlife, Squirrels trapping

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