Get Rid Of Squirrels In Attic
Learn about Product to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic - What works and what does not to get rid of squirrels in the attic. Get Rid Of Squirrels In Attic gives recommendations for the most effective long term Squirrel Control. Learn how to get rid of squirrels in the attic for good.
Approximately 15,000 Residential Fires are caused each year by rodents, such as squirrels, chewing on attic wiring. A failure to get rid of squirrels in the attic could cost you your home - and even your life.
Do Not Let This - Squirrels Getting Into an Attic:
Become This - An Attic Fire:
Squirrels Wire Damage In An Attic:
The product that finally solved this homeowner's 10 year struggle to get rid of squirrels in the attic was Rodent Strobe's pest control strobes. And the squirrels that caused the attic wire damage - still play in her yard but these squirrels will not go back into her attic.
Her Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic Testimony and others:
"I have had problems with squirrels getting in my attic for about ten years. The noise they made bothered me and I hated the holes they made in my house. I called a nationwide pest control service and they gave me the name of a man who would come out and trap the squirrels. The man charged me $250.00. I hired him two different times but did not notice a difference. Then I had the strobe lights installed. They work. They ran the squirrels out". (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 10 months after the strobes were installed.)
A.M. Memphis, TN
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
Here is a video of one of the squirrels when it tried to get back into her attic:
"I can testify that the Rodent Strobe solution to invading squirrels in the attic works! After several continuous repairs to chewed entrances I became desperate when it would happen again. I heard about Rodent Strobe on the radio and contacted them right away. The results were almost immediate. After a couple of days they left and they haven't been back! Thanks to this ingenious plan, I can now relax".(This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 2 months after the strobes were installed.)
C.S. Memphis, TN
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
"My attic had a nest of the fury tailed rats living in it. They were chewing on the rafters, they were chewing on the wiring, they even tried to chew on the blades of the exhaust fans. I installed 3 Rodent Strobes and then after a few days I closed the entrance holes and I haven't heard them up there since". (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 7 months after the strobes were installed.)
D. S. Fort Collins, CO.
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
I purchased two Rodent Strobes from you in December. I immediately put them in my attic, and the results are astounding. Within days, the squirrels who had ruined many personal items plus chewed the insulation from my A/C ducting were gone. I still hear an occasional squirrel in the attic, but they do not leave any droppings or damage. I do not turn off the strobes at all. I live in an area with huge oak trees, and many other critters. I feel Rodent Strobe is without a doubt the ONLY way to get rid of squirrels in attics once and for all. I had spent a small fortune on repellents and other things that did not work. Now, I feel safe knowing that Rodent Strobe is protecting my attic, my belongings, and my electrical wiring. Squirrels who venture in the attic never stay long, and that is what I want. To say I am pleased with your product is an understatement. I have recommended Rodent Strobe to others, but they are trying to do things the "cheap" way with those repellents, which do NOT work. I once saw squirrels walking around in the repellent I used to use!!!
Even though everyone has seen the results I obtained, there are still the skeptics. Rodent Strobe is the most effective, humane way to control squirrel attic infestation I have ever seen. The strobe light makes common sense...make the attic a miserable place for them, and the squirrels will go elsewhere. Again, words cannot my express my total satisfaction with Rodent Strobe. Feel free to use my letter as a testimonial to an outstanding product that does what it promises.
(This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 4 months after the strobes were installed.)
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
Thank you for all your help and information with the squirrel problem in my attic. I received the dual strobe kit on 4-21-10; 9AM(2 days as you said) and promptly installed the lights, which took less than an hour. The installation was simple ... .
The five squirrels I saw playing on the roof the previous afternoon were "not at home" during the installation so I periodically checked the outside during that afternoon. About 4:30PM I saw one squirrel peering into one of the three entrances. Just as in the video, it would look in - back out - look in - try again; finally, giving up, scurried up and over the ridge of the roof not to be seen again.
I was excited to see the positive results so quickly but had a sinking feeling the next morning as I saw two more agitated squirrels near another entrance and after a brief pause they went into the soffit area. I did not observe them exit but, upon inspection, there was no evidence of them actually being in the attic area.
I can only conclude that they immediately exited from another location since I have not seen any further activity in the two weeks since the installation. Later, after a more detailed inspection of the nesting area I did find one electrical cable that had been gnawed to the point that the copper was visible on all three wires! This could have been real trouble if they were there for much longer.
Your quality strobes were promptly delivered, are easy to install, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, work as advertised! I feel fortunate to have seen your ad online and have told several people about my experience; they are as impressed as I was. Feel free to share this experience with others.
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
"We had a terrible experience with roof rats in our attic. We tried pest control companies, traps and poison and nothing worked. Finally, we heard about the Rodent Strobe pest control strobe lights. After installing them, the rats were gone within just a couple of days and have not been back - we kept the strobes on to keep the rats from coming back in. These strobes are the only thing that worked! I highly recommend them".
C.P. Phoenix, AZ
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Rats in Attic.
"I ordered some of your strobes on 4/15/09. (this email's date 6/1/09) I must say, I am SO delighted! I could hear the monster squirrels in my attic, chewing chewing, playing, Lord knows what. Every morning I awoke to the sounds of their party. Tried trapping, and yes, even poison too, before I knew it was illegal to poison. Anyhow, they never ate it, and I never caught a thing in my traps smeared with peanut butter. I even hired a guy to take care of it.....and still, the evil squirrels remained in complete control of my attic space. After 4 months of fighting the infestation, I was literally in tears and did not know what to do. I'm widowed, and couldn't afford thousands of $$$ in repair bills and pest control companies. I spoke with you, and ordered 3 lights. The day after I installed, the sound stopped. The next day after the sound stopped, I awoke to sound and activity over my bed (that was their spot, right over where I sleep!) and I thought "OH NO, the lights are not working!" However, after I listened for a few seconds, I realized it was a "different" sound than their normal sound. It was a very ANGRY sound. The squirrel, or squirrels making it were simply furious, the excessive chattering was very intense and angry. I did not hear so much scrambling and playing, as angry, angry chattering. It lasted for two days. After two days, I never heard another sound--they apparently gave up and left. I was delighted they were so angry, because they'd been making me angry for months!!! Oh, hallelujah!!!!! I never even bothered to call the handyman back to check again for holes (which the monsters had literally CHEWED into my house near the chimney to gain access!!!), just left the light flashing in my attic. I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU for such a wonderful, useful product!! It's really saved my bacon!"
T. B. in Flower Mound, Texas.
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic.
When Rodent Strobe asked T. B. in Flower Mound, Texas for permission to use this email on our testimonies page she responded on 8/27/09(4 months after the strobes were installed.):
"Kevin: By all means, yes, use the testimony. I am so delighted with this product, I tell everybody about it. It remains one of the best things I have ever bought. And the light still up there flashing away, not a squirrel, not a rat to be heard. One thing tho....when I got a lightning hit awhile back that fried my air conditioner unit, cable/internet, and phone lines, the HVAC guy and the insurance guy......and the cable guy.....and the phone guy....were all pretty freaked out when they went into my attic to assess the situation. Particularly the HVAC guy -- after I'd told him the lightning messed up my AC, and he opened the attic door to all this flashing when he went up there to check it. He jumped back and exclaimed 'WHAT IS THAT????" har de har har. Guess he thought it was the 220 volt cable that broke loose and dancing around, maybe. And I explained to him it was my squirrel chaser off-er, and he says skeptically "And that REALLY worked for you on the squirrels???", and I said 'YOU BETCHA, I wouldn't trade it for nuthin'!"
T.B. in Flower Mound, Texas.
This might be a good time to mention that Rodent Strobe's High Intensity Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic Strobes have built-in surge protection.
"Kevin, I just wanted to let you know that the rodent strobes we purchased for our fire station have worked perfectly. We have a station located in the middle of the Everglades and had a severe rodent infestation problem which resulted in $10,000 dollars in damages. We installed the rodent strobes and have had no infestation since. Thanks for a great product!" (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 10 months after the strobes were installed.)
Alan McLaughlin CHS-III
Ochopee Fire Control District
Everglades City, Florida
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Rats in Fire Station Attic.
For seven years I had problems trying to get rid of roof rats / attic rats in my Scottsdale, Arizona home. I tried everything to get rid of the attic rats. We had our home and attic sealed twice and set traps numerous times, but we still kept having problems. We hired 3 or 4 pest control companies and they could not get rid of the attic rats. We had periods of no attic noise and no smell, but the attic rats would come back following previous generations’ urine scent trails (which can last for years). One day after a recent re-infestation we heard a rat in the attic above our living room. As I heard it near a ceiling light fixture the light started to flicker and made an electric buzzing sound. I realized the rodent was chewing on the wires in the attic and it dawned on me that “the smell” was not our biggest concern – A house fire was!
My efforts to get rid of the attic rats once and for all intensified. These efforts led me to strobe lights for attic pest control. After trying strobes from several different manufacturers, I found what I believe to be the best strobe lights manufactured to date-and solved my own pest problems.
After two years of research, patent searches and counsel, product development and testing, field research and lab experiments, consultations with pest control professionals including owners of pest control companies and leaders in the academic arena, I have developed a line of sturdy and long lasting pest control products which have been proven to get rid of squirrels in the attic. Rodent Strobe is “the long term solution™” to get rid of squirrels in the attic.
Rodent Strobe Inc.
The ciliary muscle, in the eyes of attic squirrels, is the squirrels eye muscle that controls the expansion and contraction of the attic squirrels' pupils. The usual adjustments made by the ciliary muscle in the attic squirrels' eyes are small. But - In response to the strobes in a dark attic (naturally dark or becomes dark at night) this muscle, in the attic squirrels' eyes, has to make dramatic adjustments (140-180 times per minute). An ophthalmologist I spoke to, at a world-renowned clinic in Scottsdale Arizona, compared it to this: Imagine you lift a 10 pound dumbbell weight one time. Then imagine that you lifted the same weight 1,500 times in a ten minute time period. Your arm would be hurting for days. The ophthalmologist said the high intensity strobes would have the same effect on the eyes of squirrels in the attic (and other animal pests’) eyes. THE RESULT: You Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic - FOR GOOD!
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The most common type of squirrels that get into an attic are the Grey Squirrels. The second most common type of squirrels that get into an attic are flying squirrels. The Grey Squirrel's name in Latin (scientific name) is Sciurus Carolinensis. Grey Squirrels in Attic usually mate two times each year. Grey squirrels usually mate in the early spring or late winter and in the summer. The mother squirrels in attic will give birth to their baby squirrels about 45 days after mating. An attic squirrel has 4 to 6 baby squirrels per litter. A pair of healthy squirrels in attic could produce a dozen offspring each year. In twelve months the maturing attic squirrels become breeding adult squirrels. Each litter of squirrels in attic does not leave its mother squirrels nest for the first 10 to 12 weeks of its life. baby squirrels in attic are totally dependant on their mother squirrels milk to live. If you have a need to get rid of squirrels in attic there most likely are baby squirrels in your attic forty percent of the year.
Squirrel trapping to get rid of squirrels in attic or poisoning to get rid of squirrels in attic could result in baby squirrels up in your attic in a nesting site to die of starvation. Mother squirrels will nest in the safest place she can find to protect her young squirrels. An attic is a choice place for squirrels to get rid of daily predator threats. The cavities in the your home's attic walls are many times chosen by nesting attic squirrels - the radiant heat in the winter months and the cool air from air conditioning in the summer months make the interior house walls good nesting sites in your attic for mother attic squirrels. These cavities are accessed by the attic squirrels through tops of the wall openings in your attic. If you use rat poison to get rid of squirrels in attic or squirrel traps to try to get rid of squirrels in attic, then you could be smelling the odor of dead, baby squirrels rotting in your attic or walls for several weeks. And if you use a rat poison to get rid of squirrels in attic , the squirrels will often retreat to their nest area in your attic to suffer and die and you will be smelling its rotting body odor for several weeks. Very often interior walls have to be cut into to remove the poisoned dead squirrels. Attic squirrels may nest under attic flooring and the floor may have to be removed to remove the dead squirrels in attic.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, THAT IF YOU HEAR SQUIRRELS IN YOUR ATTIC THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THAT YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE 4 TO 6 BABY SQUIRRELS PER EACH MOTHER SQUIRREL IN THE ATTIC 40-50% OF THE YEAR. MOTHER SQUIRRELS THAT GET CAUGHT IN SQUIRREL TRAPS, WHETHER SNAP TRAP OR LIVE TRAPPED, AND GET CARRIED AWAY - OR - ATTIC SQUIRRELS THAT GET POISONED - OR - ATTIC SQUIRRELS THAT GET SHOT WITH A PELLET GUN - COULD, 40% TO 50% OF THE YEAR, RESULT IN DEAD YOUNG SQUIRRELS IN YOUR ATTIC OR INTERIOR HOUSE WALLS LEFT TO DECAY AND SMELL.
Rat traps being used to get rid of squirrels in attic? Rat traps are specifically designed to get rid of rats - not to get rid of squirrels in the attic! I am specifically referring of the snap trap variety of rat traps. I have seen a squirrel that was trapped in one of these snap traps and the trap placed in the attic 7 years earlier to get rid of the squirrels in the attic did not kill the attic squirrel that finally got caught in the trap. The rat trap which was used as a squirrel trap was placed in an attic by a well meaning husband trying to get rid of his squirrels in attic. He had placed about a dozen rat traps in a 2,000 square foot attic space. The traps had been up in the attic for 7 years in an attempt to get rid of the squirrels in the attic! A squirrel ran past one and tripped the rat trap trigger. The rat trap snapped shut on the attic squirrel's foot. Where do you think this injured squirrel with a rat trap attached to its broke and twisted hind leg ran to? It ran to a interior house wall where the squirrels nest was located. There's no place like home - especially if you are injured. The squirrel managed to force its broken and twisted hind leg through the wall opening in the attic with the rat trap still firmly attached. But as the attic squirrel tried to get from the interior wall space to go back up into the attic the rat trap used as a squirrel trap became jammed / wedged and so was the injured squirrel. Unfortunately the severally injured squirrel had to be put down.
If you use a rat trap as a squirrel trap to get rid of squirrels in attic the squirrels will usually not face an immediate death - being as the rat traps are not designed to be used to trap and get rid of squirrels in attic. The squirrels will definitely suffer and if the attic squirrels are able to move the squirrels will often retreat to their nests in your attic to die and rot and smell.
POISON TO KILL SQUIRRELS? Is it legal to use rat poison to kill squirrels to get rid of squirrels in my attic?
Using poison to get rid of squirrels in attic is illegal. In pest control there is a saying "The Label is the Law". Every poison used for pest control comes with a "label". These are not just the labels that are glued onto the containers but instead are "legal documents" that come with the poison - sometimes the legal use info is on the glued on label. Nevertheless, the "label" give guidelines for the legal use of the pest control product. There are no pesticides sold for use in the USA that are labeled and thus legal for the use to kill squirrels.
Now, I have heard of some pest "professionals" using poisons to kill squirrels and they have told their customers "the poison is "labeled for rodents and squirrels are rodents" - but in each case the poison was not labeled for rodents but instead for certain rodents in particular - rats and mice. The EPA knows what it is doing in legally registering poisons for pest control and the EPA also knows that squirrels are rodents - but squirrels are not classified as "vermin" and "health hazards" as mice and rats are - so the EPA does not register poisons to kill squirrels. If you use rat poison to get rid of squirrels in your attic - then you are committing at least a misdemeanor in most states and even a felony in a few states. Usually the first time a person is caught using rat poison to kill squirrels in order to get rid of attic squirrels the authorities give a warning and a fine - usually ranging from $500 to $1,000. The second offense is usually turned over to the court system and the state in which the crime is committed is prosecuted. I once spoke to a pest control inspector that told me that he had seen a good deal of persons go to jail because of the illegal use of pesticides in the state for which he worked. The state in which this pest control inspector worked classified this act as a felony. Using poison to kill squirrels in an attempt to get rid of squirrels in attic - NOT LEGAL - Bad Idea!
If you use a rat poison to kill squirrels to get rid of squirrels in attic, besides it being illegal and the risk of it or its young squirrels dying in your attic or home's wall, is the risk of a secondary poisoned sickened or dead family pet.
Each year there are hundreds of cases of secondary poisonings from a dog or cat chewing on and partially eating poisoned attic squirrels or other poisoned attic rodents. If a family pet finds dead squirrels - and they can smell them out, the pets find what to them is a chewing toy and/or an extra meal. As they carry around the dead attic squirrels in their mouths, as some kind of trophy won, the family pets are ingesting the very poisons that were use to get rid of the squirrels in attic. At the very least, your pet could get sick and sometimes the pets die. This death will occur some times because there is often, over time, more than one dead squirrel that the pets find and the poisons used to get rid of the squirrels in the attic then accumulate in the pet's blood stream until it becomes sick and dies, or at least runs up an expensive / costly veterinary bill.
The scent glands of grey squirrels, flying squirrels and red squirrels are located in the squirrels feet. As the attic squirrels get around the squirrels leave little scent trails like welcome mats for other attic squirrels to follow in order to get into your attic also. The pheromones in rodent urine / pee (attic squirrels are also classified as rodents) can last / remain in an attic for up to 2 years after you get rid of the squirrels in the attic. Tree dwelling squirrels prefer to live in an attic for several reasons. An attic is warmer in the winter for the squirrels, certainly drier for the squirrels and a whole lot safer for the squirrels which are trying to get away from predators by living in your attic and walls. And a wall that is accessed through an attic space is climate controlled year round via radiant heating and cooling - warm for the attic squirrels in the winter and cool for the attic squirrels in the summer. Unfortunately, most attics and walls are not equipped with flushing toilets for the squirrels in the attic and squirrels in the walls. But this is not a big problem for the squirrels in your attic or walls - the squirrels in your attic will just urinate and defecate all over your attic - And I do mean all over. It is amazing to see an attic where squirrels have been nesting for years and years. There is raisin sized squirrels dung all over the attic space and matted down insulation from the abiding squirrels which is stained with and has the strong odor of the attic squirrels' daily urine deposits. It is truly a nasty place – but not to the squirrels which are nesting in your attic space. The urine and scent glands in the attic squirrels’ feet leave pheromone trails behind for years which are like a big welcome mat or “attic for rent” sign for future squirrels looking to nest in your attic and walls. This is why trapping squirrels to get rid of squirrels in attic, or poisoning to get rid of squirrels in attic, or costly house sealing / squirrels proofing to get rid of squirrels in attic has to be done over and over and over by homeowners at great cost / expense each time and most definitely accumulatively to the real owner of the attic. I know this from experience and so does my emptied pocketbook.
I am in the pest control business and industry. I have the need and requirement to be familiar with all aspects of the industry. I now have had a QP License for 6 years. This is not an applicators lic. like most field operators have - instead a QP (Qualifying Party) lic. is the one lic. needed to make a whole business legal in the pest control area of the lic. It is not unlike the difference between a doctor (QP lic.) and a nurse (applicators lic. ) in training and CEU's (continuing education). In one of the pest control classes I attended for my license, taught by a pest control inspector, the inspector informed us that integrity was a big part of keeping our state license. As part of ensuring and confirming this, the inspectors would “shadow”/observe unawares a pest control operator working in the "field" and before an inspector would do a site, chemical, equipment, paper work, and service vehicle inspection he/she would often watch the pest professional(s) from a distance without the pest control operator’s knowledge he/she was being watched/inspected. The inspector (now deceased) teaching the class said that in the vast majority of the times an animal pest was live / cage trapped at a customer’s residence or business the animal pest was usually unethically released within two blocks of where the pest was caught. In this case the trapped and the released pest would just scurry to get back to the capture site. Pest control operators in most states are required to take the pest at least two miles away from the capture site before releasing it. The inspector told the pest control class that our license would be in jeopardy if we were found to be engaging in this unethical business practice.
So - if you decide hire a pest control company to live (cage) trap and/or seal your home or place of business - what absolute certainty do you have that the pest control employee won’t just let the squirrels, mice, or rats out of the live traps just down the street from where the squirrels etc. were caught? Again, this unethical practice was not the exception but the majority according to the inspector’s class. And if you snap trap the squirrels, or glue trap the squirrels, or zap trap the squirrels – What keeps other squirrels from following the scent trail to your attic?
A Squirrels' in Attic Motto:
"There's No Place Like Home (aka. Your Attic)"
Trapping to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic and the Incredible Homing Behavior of Attic Squirrels and how it relates to being able to get rid of squirrels in attic - for good:
Eighty percent of squirrels in attic that are trapped in live (cage) squirrel traps and then released within two miles return will get back to
your their home in the attic.
The number of squirrels that get back, percentage drops with each additional mile that the attic squirrels are taken away from the capture site. At the 5-7 mile range a significant, although reduced, number of trapped and released squirrels will still get back to the capture site / attic. In separate field experiments approximately 5% of trapped and then released attic squirrels were able to get back from as far a 10-12 miles from where they were caught in live (cage) squirrel traps. One particular squirrel trapped and carried about twenty-five miles from the squirrel trap site was, in about a months time, able to get back to its attic home.
In the two separate experiments, from which the return rate figures were taken, over 100 individual squirrels were trapped, carried away and then released. One trapping to get rid of squirrels experiment and return homing behavior study was performed by the University Of Connecticut. The other trapping to get rid of squirrels in attic and squirrels homing behavior study was performed by one large pest control company over a three year period. In each of theses cases the trapped squirrels were caught in live (cage) squirrel traps and transported in vehicles with special attention being paid to the prevention of the squirrels having any visual cues along the traveled paths aka. the squirrels could not see the route traveled to where they were being taken. This was done do to the fact that squirrels that are trapped and then can see along the route to their release site almost always able to get right back back. Hey, a squirrel can turn left at the park and then right at the church too.
Still - if the attic squirrels can not see the relocation route traveled - how do the squirrels, you tried to get out of your attic, find their way in order to get back back to their attic? One study by University of Laval in Quebec, CA found that red squirrels, when the squirrels were released from the squirrel (cage) traps, had a general sense of the direction which they needed to travel to get back to the location where they were first live trapped. But - the trapped and then released squirrels did not seem to have any knowledge of actually how far they were from the location where the squirrel traps were set and the studied red squirrels were captured. Seventeen red squirrels were trapped and then released in this squirrel trapping and release squirrels homing behavior University study. This squirrel trapping University study suggests that the red squirrels use two different strategies to get back to the site(s) where the red squirrels were first trapped. The first is the squirrels' innate / natural sense of direction orientation. The second element was the exploratory trips the red squirrels made toward the place where the squirrel traps were first placed and the red squirrels were captured. Since the red squirrels did not see the travel route form the squirrel trap placement site to the release sites how were these squirrels able to find their way and get back home if these squirrels had no visual cues by which to orient / align themselves. Was it a re-adjusting of their natural sense of direction or the squirrels acute sense of smell that enabled the red squirrels to pick of the pheromones of familiar red squirrels? Another study done on a different member of the rodent family suggests that the return route visual cues or a lack of them may not be the only mechanism by which squirrels employ their homing behavior. In this other rodent homing study the mice (cousins of squirrels) were live trapped. Half of the captured mice were then blinded. The blind mice found their way back to the location where they were live trapped equal to the seeing trapped and then released mice. This homing study was repeated ten times with a new set of mice each time. The blinded mice found their way home with equal frequency to the seeing mice. Still considering using squirrel traps to get rid of squirrels in attic? Still thinking about using squirrel traps to get rid of squirrels in attic? Still thinking about using squirrel traps to get rid of squirrels in attic? Sorry for repeating myself - but trapping attic squirrels to get rid of them can put you into a repetitive cycle too. And should you hire a professional trapper to get rid of the attic squirrels - then the cost are very often repetitive too.
The majority of the attic squirrels that get back to their capture site(s), in most trapping squirrels studies, are the male squirrels. Within a two mile range this male to female ratio of returning attic squirrels was not as pronounced. The closer to, and up to, the two mile range most of the attic squirrels that were able to get back were the male squirrels. After two miles the number of trapped and released female squirrels, that were able to get back to their attic nests, dropped significantly. The two trapping and releasing of squirrels experiments were done in opposite seasons. The University of Connecticut experiment was conducted in the middle of winter. The pest control company's experiment was conducted over three consecutive summers. The term of the pest control company's experiment would have covered the period during which the female squirrels would have had nursing/blind baby squirrels in their attic nests. Again, few of these female squirrels returned to their attic nesting sites to care for their baby squirrels if they were carried more than two miles away from the live squirrel trap site.
In the University of Connecticut squirrels homing abilities experiment the trapped attic squirrels were individually identified and were then marked by toe clippings before their release. The squirrels that were able to get back to the capture site(s) were recaptured and taken an even farther distance away and even then half of the squirrels returned to their attic nest sites - all of theses second trip squirrels were male squirrels.
Not much is known about the internal mechanisms of squirrels homing ability. Other rodents also show the same capabilities in being able to get back to their capture site(s). In one experiment of the homing abilities of mice most of the live trapped and release mice were able to get back to their nesting area(s) when transported and release up to two miles away from the capture site.
In each of these trapping attic squirrels experiments the transported miles measured were in straight lines - as drawn on a map. In the pest control company's experiments the miles were also measured in straight lines - but in some cases the additional precaution of traveling in a zigzag pattern was employed and this additional precaution did not seem to disable the squirrels' innate homing abilities. Again, 'There's no place like home" - even for squirrels in the attic.
The Reason Attic Squirrels Try So Hard to Get Back to Their Squirrels Nest in Your Attic? - NUTS!
Squirrels spend a great deal of their time foraging for food to see them through the winter. Attic squirrels, both grey squirrels and flying squirrels, will scent mark and bury hundreds of acorns to see themselves through the winter. Imagine if you had all your winters food stored in just one place. Imagine that you spent a good deal of your time protecting your small territory and food hidden on it. Ever heard of a Fort?, Castle?, Bank Vault? - And imagine that your saved food stores could last for up to two years. And someone kidnapped you and carried you far away from your home and your food. I'd get back too! And, if you don't get back? Other squirrels will scent out your hidden food supply and move right into your attic nest and get to eat your food that winter.
The Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic Solution:
With squirrel control strobe lights to get rid of squirrels in the attic - these problems are finally addressed. First, we have found that if attic squirrels are nesting in a house wall, that if the squirrels get access to the wall through an attic space, if this attic is protected from squirrels by high intensity strobes that the attic squirrels will give up try to get to their squirrels nests in the wall. It just is not worth it to the squirrels that get into your attic - see Rodent Strobe's How It Works to get rid of squirrels in attic page.
Second, Attic squirrels and attic rats are good mothers. If the baby squirrels are in what the rodent mother attic squirrels deem an "unsafe" area the mother squirrels in the attic will move the baby squirrels to another place that she sees as safe. We recommend that a person using Rodent Strobe's squirrel control strobe lights to get rid of squirrels in the attic simply turn off the strobe lights for a few hours at a time during the first few days to allow the mothers to get and to move their young squirrels from the attic. Then - when all the attic squirrels, attic rats get away from the attic - turn on the strobe lights and leave them on to get rid of the squirrels in your attic for good. Squirrels in the Attic Problem Solved! No dead, rotting attic squirrels or attic rats. No dead or sickened family pets from secondary poisoning. No repeating and then repeating the trapping squirrels routine to get rid of the reappearing squirrels nightmare - to get rid of the attic squirrels for good.
The most busy and active foraging time for the squirrels that live in your attic is the autumn / fall season. As the fall season moves forward the squirrels get busy spending a greater percentage of their time foraging and hiding their winter food stores - sometimes these squirrels food stores even get hidden in your attic. The attic squirrels' typical behavior is to gather and carry a nut, such as an acorn or pecan, about 50 feet from the tree from which it is harvested by the squirrels and the squirrels pretend to bury the nut. Yes, you did read right - attic squirrels are very smart. We protect our money with bank account passwords and secret pin codes. Attic squirrels protect their food stores by pretending to bury the nuts as many as three times each. The squirrels will dig a shallow hole. Then the squirrels will pretend to put the nuts in the small holes. The squirrels cover the holes with leaves and dirt and repeat this process to trick other attic squirrels about where the nuts are hidden. And, if attic squirrels see that they are being watched - Well, the squirrels will then repeat this process with the same nuts for several days until the squirrels feel safe that the nuts are well hidden from other attic squirrels. The squirrels will consistently dig up their buried acorns and relocate each of the nuts with the same deceptive behavior for each nut. Then after a full day of gathering / foraging and hiding winter stores the attic squirrels will retreat at dusk and will be happy squirrels in their attic nests - with food stores in your yard and attic to see the squirrels through the winter. Researchers have even dug around areas where squirrels have buried foraged nuts in the sight of the squirrels and the attic squirrels will then multiply their deceptive tactics in order to protect their winter food.
Squirrels are very territorial, especially the older male attic squirrels. This makes trying to get rid of squirrels in your attic via squirrel traps very difficult. If a male squirrel is caught in a live cage squirrel trap and then released into an area with other male squirrels which are protecting their nut stores the trapped and relocated squirrel is quickly chased away by the other squirrels. Squirrel Control by other squirrels! This is another reason why the vast majority of squirrels that are caught in a squirrel trap that are able to get back again to their capture sight are male squirrels. Female squirrels are more readily accepted into a new squirrels community especially by the male squirrels in the area. Squirrel trapping professionals love this because you will be calling them back to fish dead baby squirrels out of a wall that have had their mother relocated.
I spoke to one pest professional who owns a rather large pest control business which is completely back-logged with squirrels control work setting squirrel traps and house sealing for at least a month in the months from October to May.
This pest control company owner told me that by the time he would get through with the added up trapping squirrels and house / attic sealing charges to the average home it usually runs from $1,200 - 2,600 per home. Squirrel Control can get expensive! And, if the pest professional who trapped the squirrels in the attic releases the squirrels within 2 or less miles of your attic (and according to pest control inspectors most do) the squirrels, eighty percent of the time, will get back to your attic within about 2 weeks time.
Are you aware that 25% of house fires of "unknown cause" are attributed to Attic Squirrels, Roof Rats, Norway Rats and Mice chewing on attic and other wires?
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The term “rodent” (grey squirrels and flying squirrels are rodents) comes from the Latin verb rodere = (to gnaw). Rodents, such as Attic Squirrels and Roof Rats, are constantly gnawing on wood and attic wiring because the squirrels and rats teeth are continually growing. For instance, grey squirrels' teeth grow a half a foot in length each year of their lives. Rodents, such as Norway Rats, Roof Rats, Mice and Attic Squirrels, need to chew and gnaw constantly to keep their teeth’s length in check- otherwise the attic squirrels and attic rats teeth would grow / get too long - rendering the Norway Rat, Attic Rat or Attic Squirrels unable to eat and thus the squirrels and rats would then starve to death.
A consequence of attic squirrels and attic rats constant need to gnaw - twenty-five percent of fires of “unknown cause” are attributed to rodents, such as Attic Rats, Attic Squirrels and Mice, chewing on electrical wires. A failure to fully get rid of squirrels in the attic could lead to your house catching fire in the middle of the night.
According to the US Fire Administration, a house / residential fire starts / occurs every 79 seconds. There are usually about 50,000 – 60,000 residential / house fires designated as being of “unknown cause” each year in the USA alone. Federal officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimate that they get filed reports from fire departments on only half of the actual number of fires that occur in the USA each year. This means that the actual number of fires of “unknown cause” each year could even be double the 50 to 60 thousand average. That is a possibility of up to 120,000 fires of “unknown cause” each year in the USA alone as a possible result of an inability to get rid of squirrels in the attic and to get rid of mice and attic rats in the attic.
Please keep in mind that 25% of these residential fires are attributed to Squirrels in the attic, Attic Rats and Attic Mice chewing on attic and other household wiring. Based on US government (DHS) statistics and statements made by US government authorities, the number of residential fires caused by the failure to get rid of Attic Squirrels, Attic Rats, Norway Rats and Attic Mice are approximately 15,000 fires annually and could even get as high as 30,000 fires. If you have rodents, such as attic squirrels, attic rats or attic mice – you probably have attic wire damage too.
City officials of New York City attribute at least one power outage each day to squirrels. Squirrels actually cause more power outages than lightning in some states. In Georgia in 2006 there were 16,750 power outages caused by squirrels. Not all of these outages were caused by the squirrels’ chewing on the wires – some were just contact electrocutions but many were via contact with the metal wire after the squirrel chewed through the soft plastic wire jacket covering and the squirrel was electrocuted. This power line was observed being chewed daily by an attic squirrel.
Trying to get rid of squirrels in the attic by means of wolf urine, coyote urine, fox urine, predator urine, or scents? Will these get rid of squirrels in the attic?
Why shake out your hard earned money on odor repellents, that the academic pest professionals say do not work?
In the first place - been there done that. I can tell you from personal experience that this does not work for long - In my case it did not work at all. Besides I do not want more urine smell in my attic. Enough is enough. Oh! (But the web sites say) this will scare away the pest because the rat, mouse, mice, squirrel, raccoon will smell the predator urine and it will be frightened away. Please do not waste your hard earned money on these products. Too many people do.
Here's Something Else to Think About Before You Use These to Get Rid of Attic Squirrels:
The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for one of these products lists fox urine as a main ingredient. Where is all this dried fox urine coming from? Are there fox port-a-potties placed in the forest? It takes a lot of fox urine to produce these products. Where is it coming from? The largest source of fox urine on the market is supplied by the fur trade industry. Hundreds of foxes in cages with trays beneath each cage to collect the marketable urine. Do you want to purchase a product that does not give long term results? Do you want your money going to support the fur trade industry?
There is a restaurant with a giant Paul Bunyan statue in the parking lot with a big axe in his hands. Is this scaring the human customers away? Have you ever seen a picture of a scarecrow out in a corn field with a bird sitting on it? – I have. Again, please don’t waste your money on a plastic owl trying to get rid of squirrels in your attic – unless all you want is one or two days of squirrel control until the squirrels figure out it’s not real.
This will work for a day or two to get rid of squirrels in the attic - but that is about it. I know people who sleep with a radio or a television on all night with the volume up. When asked how they could sleep with such noise they respond “Oh, I’m used to it”. The squirrels in your attic will get used to it too. No one likes to be kicked out of their home – the squirrels living in your attic are no exception.
What if you just wound the squirrels and the wounded grey squirrels or flying squirrels get to run to their nests – IN YOUR ATTIC – and die? Or - the grey squirrels or flying squirrels have baby squirrels in the attic or in your house walls? Well, happy smells to you Annie Oakley. Besides, in many towns this is an illegal way to get rid of squirrels of any kind.
This is a way to control pests. BUT, there are several drawbacks. First, be careful for your fingers – if it can snap a mouse’s spine it can certainly break or severely hurt a finger. Children can get hurt. Family pets could get hurt. Emergency rooms are expensive.
Mouse traps, mice traps, rat traps are meant for smaller rodents. Trying to get rid of squirrels in the attic via this method could mean a squirrel caught in one of these could suffer for hours. A large rat (and rats can get as large as a small cat) might possibly have to be killed while still caught in the trap. Pest control manuals recommend attaching snap traps to a larger board so a larger wounded animal caught in a trap doesn’t drag it elsewhere where it will die and smell and be hard to retrieve. I have personally seen a squirrel in an attic that caught its foot in a snap trap. The squirrel then retreated with the snap trap attached to its foot into an inner house wall and became caught in between the attic wall and the open attic space because the trap would not fit back through the space between the wall and the attic. This animal would have died in the wall and would have rotted and smelled had it not been found and removed.
If you use a rat trap, or a mouse trap, or a squirrel trap that is designed to kill the pest - what if it has baby squirrels living in the attic or wall spaces of your property? The litter of squirrels die and the smell is horrible! Plus then you have to go through the expense of having a pest control professional crawling through your attic and possibly cutting into your walls to remove the dead squirrels. But with Rodent Strobe if the strobes are turned off for short periods of time (several hours) during the first few days - the attic rats, or squirrels have a chance to remove its young and the whole family leaves the attic. This is the way to get rid of squirrels in your attic that does not leave rotting dead squirrels in your walls or attic. This is truly the best way to get rid of attic squirrels, raccoons, bats in the attic, rats in the attic, skunks under the house and opossums in the attic or crawl space.
Pest control manuals give guidelines on disposal of trapped and killed or injured pests such as attic squirrels. First, warnings are made that a wounded animals, such as squirrels, can be dangerous. Secondly, dead pests can carry diseases so wear the proper protective equipment. Third, It is recommended that the dead squirrels be sprayed thoroughly with a clorox and water solution before removal and disposal. Also, be aware that the dead squirrels may have fleas that have been feeding on the squirrels blood and if one of the dead squirrels fleas bites you then you could be infected with a pathogen. Lyme disease, a disease that was once thought only to be in deer ticks, has now been found in fleas. The “black death” was spread by fleas on attic rats aka. black rats and has been found on squirrels in the American SouthWest.
The use of moth balls in an attic or other spaces to get rid of squirrels in the attic is illegal in all 50 states. If you use moth balls to get rid of squirrels, to get rid of bats in the attic, and to get rid of raccoons in the attic or any other vertebrate pest or even suggest their use to someone you are committing, at least a misdemeanor, and even a felony in many states. If you are considering using Moth balls to get rid of squirrels in the attic then you need to read this - Moth balls are toxic to humans and pets. Most moth balls are made from naphthalene which is derived from coal tar. The gas emitted from moth balls is heavier than air and will seep from your attic into the lower levels of your home – your living areas. Many people will recommend moth balls to get rid of squirrels in the attic and other pests. In states such as Arizona, California, Florida and New York this simple recommendation is a felony. Moth balls take oxygen out of the air. Their purpose is to suffocate moths in a contained environment. It is similar, very similar to running a car engine in a garage with the garage door closed. Several years ago a friend had a yard man tell her to put moth balls in her attic to drive out the squirrels. It worked for a while but the amount of moth balls she had to put in the attic spaces to drive out the squirrels made her house stink of moth balls. Now, my friend could not smell the moth balls after several days, but everyone who entered her house was over-whelmed by the odor. I have asthma and when visiting her it greatly bothered my asthma. Two years later the lowest places in her house, such as bathroom cabinets, linen closets, etc. still smells of moth balls. Many people who make this huge mistake then spend years trying to get the moth ball smell out of their house. Good luck! To this day, freshly laundered towels that have been placed in her bathroom cabinets soon acquire the smell of the moth balls. Again, my friend could not smell the moth balls but everyone who entered her house could. Same thing with squirrels and mice - they get used to the smell - unless you use so many moth balls that the toxic vapors are so heavy that the squirrels or other rodents can’t stay – which means these heavier than air toxic vapors are seeping down into your living areas and into your lungs and into your blood stream. Did you know that babies that have been wrapped in blankets which were stored with moth balls have been found to have high levels of naphthalene in their blood streams? Moth balls for squirrel control, been there – smelled that, in most cases it is illegal and very toxic.
Been there, done that too! I wish I had my money back. That ultrasonic thing was expensive and the owner of the company told me how great it would work. Yeah buddy. It did not get rid of my attic pest problem at all. Did you know that several of the leading vertebrate pest specialists - PhD. Professors, experts in the field have tried to get the Federal Trade Commission to ban ultrasonic pest control devises because they do not work? The Federal Trade Commission has published a warning to all ultrasonic pest repeller manufacturers and retailers. There may be an initial effect but research shows that the pests return and become habituated (get used to the noise). How long do ultrasonics work? Research shows that the repelling effect last for 1-3 days, but after 3-7 days the pests become habituated to the noise and continue living in the space not bothered enough to leave their home. Additional research confirms that ultrasonic pest repellers may have a partial or transitory effect, but have no persistent effectiveness. Most academic researchers urge legislatures and consumers to view ultrasonic pest repellents with skepticism. The New York State Consumer Protection Board cautions against using ultrasonic repellers. In addition to this, contrary to the claims of many ultrasonic pest control device sellers, there is scientific evidence that some of these devices cause hearing loss in pets, most especially dogs . Even the US Army does not approve of ultrasonic pest control devices.
I traveled to San Diego to speak with the vertebrate pest expert who does the pest control products investigations for the Federal Trade Commission. When I told him I had a pest control product that I needed some help in designing container and field experiments for product testing the first thing he asked me (with a look of disgust) was “this isn’t another one of those ultrasonic pest repellers is it? – Those things don’t work”. I am pleased to say that he seemed very impressed with my product, especially when he was in a dark room with my strobe flashing and he was commenting that it was making him dizzy as he moved around the room. Then I observed him try several times to turn on the lights with the wall switch and his hand was meandering around for several seconds before he was able to secure his hand on the switch and turn the lights on. I was one happy camper.
With the Rodent Strobe line of pest control strobe lights the problem of habituation is completely solved. The attic squirrels can not get used to or adapt to the constant high intensity lightning bright flashes. We have found that if squirrels or rats are living in a house wall that the squirrels or attic rats access through a space that is protected by a high intensity strobe that the squirrels or attic rats will give up going to their nesting area in the wall. It just is not worth it to the squirrels or attic rats - see Rodent Strobe's How It Works to get rid of squirrels in attic page.
Attic squirrels and rats are good mothers. If their young are in what the rodent mother deems an "unsafe" area she will move them to another place that she sees as safe. We recommend that a person using our pest control strobe lights simply turn off the strobes for a few hours at a time during the first few days to allow the mothers to move their young. Then when all the attic squirrels, attic rats, raccoons, etc., are gone - turn on the strobes and leave them on (they are extremely energy efficient - only 4.8 watts for our squirrel control strobe). Problem solved! No dead, rotting squirrels or rats. No dead or sick family pets. No repeating and repeating the squirrel trapping, or rat trapping nightmare.
Squirrels love to chew on wiring in particular. Attic Squirrels do not chew on the wiring to sharpen their teeth. Squirrels chew on wiring to clean their teeth. Squirrels are the cleanest of the rodent family. A male grey squirrel will groom itself twice as much as a female squirrel. Squirrels use the bark of trees to keep their teeth clean. Squirrels use a back and forth motion when chewing on the tree bark. This serves as a sort of squirrel dental floss. And squirrels floss very regularly. The soft plastic outer jacket on home wiring is a perfect teeth cleaning material for squirrels in the attic. Every attic with squirrels I have inspected has had wire damage. Every single one has had wires that an attic squirrel has chewed through to the copper wire center. If a squirrel in the attic chews through the wire outer jacket and exposes both the positive and the negative copper wires then the squirrel in the attic becomes a dead squirrel in the attic by means of electrocution. A squirrel in the attic that makes "contact" while chewing on attic wiring will often catch on fire as the electric currents cook the squirrel. Also, the "contact" made by a squirrel in the attic chewing on wiring can cause an electrical "short" in the wiring. An eclectic short caused by a squirrel in the attic or other wire chewing rodent in an attic causes an estimated 15,000 residential fires per year in the US
Squirrels will migrate – Squirrels in mass. In 1791 in Ohio the squirrels population exploded and squirrels in mass migrated to the town of Belpre and the squirrels ate the entire area’s corn crop. The squirrels then in mass were seen swimming across the Ohio River into West Virginia and the squirrels then began eating the corn crops there.
Squirrels are usually solitary animals. Squirrels, each, usually live alone in their squirrels nest - and so often the squirrels nest is in an attic. During the cold winter the squirrels in an attic will share a nesting area to keep warmer during the coldest of winter months - again attic or tree? Which would you get to if you were in a group of squirrels. An Attic would be my answer. Squirrels usually cluster in loose groups of squirrels - up to about twelve squirrels. So, if you hear squirrels in your attic you may have a locally migrating population that will stay in numbers of one to a full dozen squirrels in your attic. An acre of area may contain many groups of squirrels. If you get rid of some squirrels in your attic – well, if you’ve built it the attic squirrels will come.
There are about three hundred varieties of squirrels all over the world.
Squirrels have small brains about the size of walnuts.
Squirrels can communicate with each other through different chirps.
Squirrels can run pretty fast. Squirrels can get up to a speed of about 20 miles per hour.
Squirrels consume up to 2 pounds of food each week. Attic squirrels' diets consist of nuts, acorns, bird seed, bird eggs, mushrooms, corn, wheat, insects, garbage, and berries. Attic Squirrels scent mark their food before the squirrels hide the food for the winter.
Squirrels have double-jointed back legs. This aids squirrels in the squirrels ability to run up and down trees quickly.
Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without sustaining injury.
Squirrels have 4 toes on their front feet. The nails on the squirrels front feet are very sharp which helps them hold onto surfaces they are climbing like wall that lead to your attic.
Squirrels have 5 toes on their hind feet.
Eastern Grey Squirrels can also be found in Western United States as well as in Ireland, England and South Africa. Grey Squirrels in the Attic or as the British would say Grey Squirrels in the Loft are hard the get rid of when in an attic or loft.
The name / word "Squirrels" comes from a Greek word meaning "shadow tails".
Male squirrels (whether grey squirrels or red squirrels ) can "scent" female squirrels in heat a mile away.
Squirrels can jump a distance of approximately 20 feet.
Squirrels are found on almost every continent of the world.
Squirrels have eyes on the sides of their heads which allows the squirrels to see behind themselves.
Squirrels predators are snakes, cats, owls, hawks, falcons, foxes, bobcats and raccoons and humans with guns in squirrels hunting season - to name a few.
Attic Squirrels will thoroughly clean foraged nuts before the squirrels burying them. The squirrels will first crack the acorns open with their sharp teeth. The squirrels will then lick the acorns clean. The squirrels will also rub the acorns on their faces to clean the acorns. Both the licking and the rubbing of acorns by attic squirrels will mark the nut with the squirrels' scents and make the acorns easier for each of the squirrels to find after the acorns are buried. The squirrels can find the acorns even under a foot of snow. If you have squirrels in the attic they will also hide acorns in the attic. I have been in an attic many squirrel over a ten year period lived and the whole attic was littered with peanuts and peanut shells that a neighbor threw out in his yard to feed the squirrels that lived in his neighbor's attic. The squirrels in the attic had done extensive wire damage to the attic wiring - multiple attic squirrels chewed through the attic wiring - even exposing the inner copper of the attic wires. Attic squirrels may be cute in the yard but the same cute squirrels are a fire hazard in your attic. This is why it is so very important to get rid of squirrels in the attic.
When attic squirrels sense danger the squirrels' first instinct is to stand perfectly still. I remember a particular squirrel in an attic that upon seeing me "froze" and stood still for a minute or two looking straight at me without so much as a twitch. The squirrel in the attic did not run away until I moved towards the "frozen" squirrel.
Squirrels' meandering path while crossing roads is the squirrels' way of confusing an on-coming car. This very behavior in squirrels causes the death of thousands of squirrels each year as this attic squirrel behavior causes them to run right back in front of the cars the squirrels are attempting to get away from. Many a homeowner has had to call a pest control professional to "fish out" dead baby squirrels in the attic - squirrels that have been orphaned by a neighbor's car.
When squirrels' nests aka. squirrels dreys become infested with parasites and fleas the squirrels will move to a different nest in another attic.
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