Squirrels in your home? Block their entry hole
Submitted by Greg Nelson of Big Bear Wildlife Control LLC
Fall is the time of year exterminators are constantly plagued with calls concerning squirrel problems. The young born in August are about 6 to7 inches long and are running around their nest and birth site.
Most calls are from people who hear squirrels making noise in the attic and never knew they had squirrels up there. This is not surprising, as mom previously nursed them and kept them quiet. The young may be weaned, but as of yet, they are still learning how to get their own food. This leads to the kids getting stuck in walls. When they do, they don't know how to get back out or remember where the entry hole is.
This is why you should keep all bird food inside till winter. This way, it does not attract the mother and her young in the first place. Interfering with her newly created environment might just be enough to make her move the family. If she does not feel safe in an area, she will move.
One way you can do this is to block the entry to the house. To look for the entry hole, find a round hole about the size of a tennis ball that has been chewed and close it back up. Hardware cloth works well for this.
As always, if it becomes too much to do or handle, call a professional exterminator.
Big Bear Wildlife Control is located in East Haven, Conn. As of Oct. 21, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.