Ok homeowners, with the world seemingly divided on just about every major issue there is one thing we can all agree upon and that is our hatred for squirrels, and they are annoying! There I said it. With winter upon us for most of the country the time where squirrels seek shelter from the elements and to begin their nesting phase like a pregnant woman nearing her delivery date. Now I am sure we all remember the iconic squirrel in the Christmas tree scene of Christmas Vacation that plays on repeat during this holiday season and yes that is a possibility but here are four tips to help prevent any unwanted winter guests in your attic and home.
1. Check Exterior: No better time then checking the exterior of your home when its cold outside and you’re hanging holiday lights. If you fear heights, we don’t recommend this, but it should be done. Check for holes in your roof, siding, or access in your chimney vents where squirrels, birds, and other critters could possibly enter your home. If a point of entry is found simple DIY exclusion work should help or contact an expert (Click here for expert)
2. Remove Food: If you have bird feeders or feeding stations for wildlife in your back yard this is for you. Watching birds feed in the winter or waking up to deer, rabbits and other wildlife on a winter morning is an absolute welcome sight and yes everyone and everything needs to eat! However careful what you wish for. If you store your seed or feed in your garage or shed, chances are something is coming for it. Try keeping it in a storage container outside and sealed with a brick or cinder block on it to help weigh it down. Click here for Image
3. Trapping: This may not be for everyone, but it is highly effective and can be fun. There are various types of traps from lethal to non-lethal that can rid your property of squirrels. We highly recommend Comstock Custom Traps. As a specious overall they really aren’t that hard to trap especially for beginners. However, we advise you to contact your state regulations on either daily amounts or removal and replacement regulations. Click here for Traps
4. Hunting: Which ever side of the aisle you are on when it comes to hunting it doesn’t matter because hunters serve a significant purpose when it comes to population control and effectiveness. Typically, animals like squirrels invade homes because they have run out of natural resources in their own habitat and have no other choice. By thinning out a dense population of squirrels in an area you are preventing a future issue. We recommend reviewing your state and local regulations to make sure no laws are broken but this is a quick way to solve any issue.
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