How to Detect and Repel Squirrels in Your Attic

Squirrels just love living in the attic because the place is very similar to their natural habitat, which is a tree. But how will you know if there’s a family of squirrels living in your attic? Here are some tips on how to determine if you have squirrels in your attic:

Listen for “squirrel sounds”. While a mother squirrel is making a nest in your attic, you might hear chewing and scratching noise. Additionally, if there are newborn baby squirrels, there will be a lot of scratching and chewing sound as well.

Squirrel in Attic

Squirrel in Attic

Check the beams and electrical wiring. It is hard to catch a squirrel during daytime, but you can still check if there is evidence that squirrels are around. Squirrels cannot stop themselves from gnawing or chewing. Chewing is in their nature and they utilize chewing to keep their teeth in shape. If there are squirrels in your attic, you may notice that the beams are chewed and the electrical wiring has bite marks.

Look for footprints, droppings and urine marks. You will find

Illustration of Squirrel Droppings

Illustration of Squirrel Droppings

droppings and urine marks in your attic if squirrels are around. Squirrel droppings are very similar to mouse or rat droppings, which are small, black bits.

Search for “hidden” things. Squirrels hide their food for future consumption. If you find acorns and nuts hidden beneath a stack of boxes or inside a lidless container, then there’s a great chance that a squirrel found its way into your attic.

If you determine that squirrels live in your attic, then it is likely you will want to do your get rid of the squirrel and keep them out. Luckily, there are several ways to remove the squirrels from your attic and prevent them from coming back. Here are some ways to ward off squirrels:

Install traps. Trapping is one of the alternatives to catch squirrels. You can use ready-made traps or make a steel cage out of steel mesh wire. Make sure to use mesh wire with small gaps to keep the squirrels from escaping.

Use ultrasonic rodent repellents. Ultrasonic repellents emit a high-pitched noise that is not heard by humans, but is an irritant to squirrels.

All Natural Repellent for Squirrels

All Natural Repellent for Squirrels

Fear-based squirrel repellents. Using fear-based repellents is another effective way to keep away squirrels. Fear based repellents use the scents of predators, such as coyote and fox, to frighten squirrels and keep them from coming back to your attic.  Shake-Away is an example of a fear-based repellent. It uses the concentrated scent of predator’s urine infused into all-natural, organic granules that you can easily scatter around your attic. Alternatively, you can use the Stocking Ball Kit to make Shake-Away “balls”, which you can place in hard-to-reach areas of your attic.

Some things you may wish to consider when choosing your squirrel repellent solution are its effectiveness, its ease of use, and its potential harm to your family. A fear-based, chemical free solution like shake-away may be your answer.


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