The right way to get squirrels out of your attic is to use a trap and release them more than 2.5 miles from your house. I can tell you this from years of experience and schooling. Here’s more about that.
Why Traps and Not One-Way Doors
Wildlife removal experts in Georgia use two basic methods of getting squirrels out of your attic or crawl space: traps and one-way doors. Here’s what a wildlife removal company does when it uses a one-way door to remove squirrels from your home:
- Finds where the squirrel is entering your home
- Modifies this point of entry so that the squirrel can use this access to leave your home, but not to re-enter
The one-way door is a good idea because it let’s the squirrel out. You might think it would be a good idea to just seal off the entry. This is usually a REALLY bad idea. Either the squirrel will find a way to chew a new hole through your roof to make a new way out, or it will die in your house and leave a really awful smell. It’s a bad idea, since the squirrel has probably already begun to think of your house as it’s home.
Squirrels may look cute and fluffy, but they can be vicious, especially if they are locked out of a space they consider home. If a squirrel has damaged your roof or siding when it created its original way in, it is likely to create more damage if it finds itself locked out. This especially true if the squirrel that was locked out is a mother with a clutch of young still in your house. A mother squirrel who cannot get to her babies will either find a way back into your home or die trying.
Catch and Release More than 2.5 Miles Away
The best way to get squirrels out of your attic is to attach a trap to the area the squirrels use to enter and exit your home. When the squirrel comes out, it is trapped and the wildlife expert will retrieve the squirrel and release it somewhere 2.5 miles or more from your home.
Why 2.5 miles? That is considered to be the limit of a squirrel’s ability to navigate back to your home. If the squirrel is more than 2.5 miles from your house, it is very unlikely it will find it’s way back.
Pay a Flat Fee or Per Visit?
If your wildlife removal company is using squirrel traps, they will need to come back and check the traps regularly. So they might charge a per visit fee or a flat fee. At AWL Wildlife Removal, we prefer to charge a single flat fee and offer a warranty. That way you know that your problem will be solved for an identified cost, and will not continue to cost you later.