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Liloldhouse
Squirrels
Liloldhouse

I'm new to this forum, but since I've recently purchased an old house (which I love) I thought this would be a valuable resource.

I have a question about squirrels. I discovered that squirrels had gained access to my attic. My really handy father screwed heavy tin over the hole they had made (we were sure there were no squirrels inside) and he cut down a tree that was giving them easy access to this spot. The tree was old and rather sickly, so it was time for it to go anyway.

Do you think this will be the end of the squirrel problem? I've heard of people battling clever and determined squirrels for months. Thanks for your thoughts.

cjsand
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cjsand

That should work as long as there aren't babys still in your attic.

ed21
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ed21

Time will tell. Not much more to do at this point.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Squirrels will jump from roof top to roof top, walk fences, walk power, cable, and telephone lines, as well as jumping from tree limbs. The likelihood that you've stopped them from gaining access to your roof or old entry points is slim. The metal over their access holes will help, but being the rats that they are, they'll gnaw a new hole if they're determined to get in.

The only way to deal with squirrels is to live trap and relocate them, or to use poison bait. If you're lucky enough to live in the country or province that allows fire arms within city limits, air pistols work well too.

Catnapper
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Catnapper

I have a dozen or so squirrels that visit my yard daily.:eek: When my husband and I first moved here we had a few large pine trees growing at 3 corners of our house and in the morning you could hear the squirrels running across the roof. Luckily we didn't have any problem with them gaining access to our attic. My husband eventually cut all three trees down because we didn't want these trees growing so close to the house and it also took care of the squirrels running all over the roof, we never had another problem. We still have the squirrels but they're not a problem, I enjoy watching them. I'm a nature lover and since I have bird feeders, I've also made accommodations for the other little critters that come into my garden. The bird feeders have baffles on them and I also throw corn, peanuts, and sunflower seeds out by the feeders and it keeps everyone happy. As long as the squirrels get a dose of peanuts once in awhile they seem to leave everything else alone!:D

Liloldhouse
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Liloldhouse

Sure enough, the little critters returned. I hired an exterminator to trap them and we've reinforced the are where they were chewing to get into the attic.

I think the traps have succeeded in removing the family from the area, except for one hold-out who persists in visiting the spot.:mad: So far, he seems too smart to be seduced by the trap. I'm hoping he either moves on or decides to cozy up in the trap.

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