Not sure this falls under home maintenance... but not sure WHERE to ask for help on DG...
My son has a home that we are remodeling that was bought out of foreclosure in late July. We live 2 hrs away and can only work on weekends so the remodel is taking a while. We have made a lot of progress, but still several things left to do. One of which is to repair the screen that is on the eaves of the house. We haven't gotten to that yet because we have been dealing with much more serious issues on the inside of the house - and trying to get the place much more livable... BUT, we think he has an infestation of squirrels in the attic. We have tried repeatedly to "see" them but we can't. He has a split level house with a low slope and about the closest we can even get to the outside wall in the attic is about 10 - 12 ft. THey are keeping him awake at night, and he thinks they are chewing on things - of course, if it is wiring, that could be a major problem..
Just thought someone here on DG might have some suggestions as to how to erradicate them. We considered a pellet gun, but we dont own one and since we can't actually lay eyes on them, we didn't feel like that was a reasonable choice. We have considered rat poison, but I wasn't sure how bad the smell would be if multiple squirrels died in his attic. ... and I am SURE they would be in the areas where we can not retrieve them. Have considered trying to trap them, but not sure that is a viable option either. My son read that moth balls will run them off - but I wondered how many it would take in an attic to run them out...plus, my son would probably be living in that smell as well.
Help!... any suggestions??? IF we can manage to get them out of the attic then I hope to repair their entry ways to prevent them from coming back in. I thought with us going into the attic and making noise they would flee - but it didn't seem to faze them!
I welcome any suggestions...
PS I am copy and posting this on a couple of other threads since I do not have a clue where to ask for help...
You are on the right track - you have to seal every possible entrance, and that can take a while to find them.
It took over a year to get all the rodent holes sealed in the 80 yo farmhouse I helped a friend with restoring. Lots of traps - some friendly, some not, and poison, too. The squirrels were the first to leave once we closed their attic entrance (bad shingle and flashing). They couldn't get through the smaller holes the mice and rats were using.
We were also fighting critters under the house - coyote urine was the most effective - kept the skunks, racoons, opossums, and armadillos away, but not too sure about the snakes.
Funny you should mention coyote urine... my son said he read on line to use fox urine ...BUT HOW ON EARTH are we supposed to obtain fox urine ????? ^_^
We have a trap set... didn't want to use poison becuase i have heard the smell is BAD! Thought about huge rat traps but I hate dealing with them...so we used a live trap although it will be really difficult to get in and out of his small attic access without getting bit!
There are a lot of stray cats in the area... too bad I can't catch one of them and let it loose in the attic for a while! :) Also, someone I worked with suggested a plastic owl near their entrance...any idea if that would help??
Oh, never heard of such a thing! :) Not sure we would have any store like that anywhere around here...MAYBE Little Rock, but no idea where ... which, my son lives in LR so that would be great IF I could locate the place!
Coons and squirrels are easy compared to bats. They can get in an opening 1/4 inch!! To try to find and close all of those in an A frame house would cost me a fortune. The bat people tell me it sounds like I have a maternity ward for them. They show up every April and don't leave until September.
In an A frame we don't have an attic so they just are in between the ceiling and the roof. I would imagine 2x6s. Then they get into my living space which I hate. Them flying around my head. They don't get down here often because the cats get them when they get tired and end up low.
You would think they would learn not to come here, but that is giving them credit for a bigger brain than they have.
I agree ...maybe if you make several nice bat houses and have them in place near your home prior to April that they will occupy those instead. Also, prior to their arrival perhaps you could spray your house with a mixture of bleach and water...(depending on your surface of course) and IF you have an idea what part they are getting in at... just thought the smell might deter them some and motivate them to chose a new house. I have NO idea if it would work, but it might be worth a try.
I know bats are really good to have around, but not flying around my head. I don't know what bleach would do to my new paint job.
You make the bat houses so easy. Have to admit that they aren't that difficult to make, but they have to be 20 feet up and out in the open. I have done a lot of research on them, and talked to a lot of people. Bat specialists. They seem to think I am blessed.
I wonder if those "audible" pest deterrents would work to keep the bats away. The ones that put out a frequency we can't hear but the bat could. Just have to be careful you don't buy one that will drive your cats batty.
Jnette - thought about you the other day when we attended a concert of Phil Wickham's in one of the university's theater's ... they had bats in there and they flew all about during the entire concert! It happened to take place on the same sunday night as the grammy's... the performer laughingly joked that they didnt have bats at the grammys! :) My son says that they have managed to get them out of the auditorium... but he wasn't sure how. I assume by trapping...