Persistent and acrobatic, squirrels might seem cute and fuzzy when they’re playing in your yard, but they’re anything but cute when camping out in your attic. Five-a.m. acorn-rolling contest anyone? What can be done about these playful nuisances?
NJ Squirrel Control Isn’t Easy
Squirrels can be aggressive, particularly when defending their young. They’ve been known to remove the tips of people’s fingers when their “territory” (your home) is challenged.
Squirrels typically squeeze in at the roofline of your home to nest between the attic floor and ceiling. They can bring in fleas and ticks, yard debris, and worse yet – chew their way through vinyl siding, hardware cloth, chicken wire, beams, insulation, and eventually your electrical wires. The latter could lead to a fire.
There are several different ways to remove these rascally rodents from your attic, including one-way door-type tubes with a flapper that allows exit but no re-entry, and single or multi-catch squirrel traps. As it is illegal to release captured squirrels onto public or private land without a permit, the latter method typically involves euthanasia.
After the animals have been moved out, however, the battle is not yet over. All potential entry points must be tightly sealed with not just plywood, but heavy-duty aluminum flashing or steel mesh.