How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic - I have the professional knowledge. I have been in the pest control business for over 12 years and have acquired the know-how about How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic - long term.
I really like high intensity pest control strobe lights. I first learned about this technology about 9 years ago and upon doing further pest control research found that high intensity strobe lights for pest control have been used successfully to Get Rid of a variety of pests since 1964 and there is a good but unfortunately disconnected history of strobes in pest control. Disconnected in that a good deal of experimenters, scientist and phd professors did not know about the others research and field success with strobe lights to Get Rid of pests such as Squirrels in the Attic. In my own pest control experience I have seen a 97% success rate with the use of High Intensity Pest Control Strobe lights.
I personally have tried high intensity pest control strobe lights from a number of companies and the ones manufactured now that I like the most are made by Good Abode Corporation and are called Stunbright™ .
- this is the brand currently being used by Massey Services pest professionals to Get Rid of Squirrels and roof rats in Attic - one of the Nations (US) largest pest control companies (and national award winning for being the most environmentally friendly ) with approximately 200 individual services offices in the southeastern US. Stunbright can be found at www.stunbright.com . Stunbright squirrel control strobe lights are 400,000 candlepower and use less energy than a 5 watt light bulb and have an average bulb life of 4-5 years with continuous use. The internal electronics (located inside of strobe base housing) on their deluxe models are designed to last ten years - this is one of the reasons I like these - how many electronic product's internal electronics are designed to last for ten years now-a-days?
The ciliary muscle in the eyes of humans and other vertebrates is the muscle that controls the contraction and expansion of the pupil of the eyes of most mammals.
The high intensity pest control strobe lights flash at a rate of about 70 times a minute. In a naturally dark environment (most attic are very dark at night) with each flash of the strobe light the eyes have to make two adjustments per flash - one constriction or shrinking of the pupil in response to the stunning bright flash (thus the name stunbright) and then a second pupil response of expansion when the flash is over and the eye perceives the darkness of the Attic at night. The flashes are so bright that the Squirrels can see the flashes through their closed eyelids. The flashes are incredibly brief though - less that 1/30th of a second - so brief that the flashes cannot be captured by most video cameras that film at 32 frames per second.
Any-ways, in a ten minute period the pupils have to make about 1,400 dramatic adjustments each (70 flashes X 2 pupil adjustments per flash X ten minutes) and the Squirrels ciliary muscle is only used to small occasional adjustments. I know of a ophthalmologist at a world renowned medical clinic in Scottsdale Arizona compared it to this (paraphrasing): Imagine that you lifted a 10 pound weight with your arm 10 times in a ten minute period - then Imagine you lifted the same 10 pound weight 1400 times in a ten minute period - your arm would be hurting for days - the strobes would have the same effect on the rodents eyes".
Also the high intensity pest control strobe lights effect the brains of the Squirrels as they move through the Attic - the strobes literally cause a measurable (in rodent lab experiments) allergic reaction in the pests brains.
Some "cheaper" disco or party light strobes are being sold on the market as High Intensity Squirrel Strobe Lights - but do not be "fooled" by the low price - "you get what you pay for" and these usually have a 2 week return policy - but usually burn out in about 3 weeks - "Oh no honey, the strobes are not working and we can't return them now - AND the Squirrels are Back!"
- BUT / ALSO -
Again, these "cheaper" strobes are only designed to last for 3 weeks constant use and then burn out AND their bulbs are not replaceable - Next Stop for these "cheaper" strobes - Trash Can!
To be fair these cheaper strobes will TEMPORAILY get rid of the squirrels but - I have found in field pest control experiments that even if the holes are sealed the squirrels gnaw their way back in once the strobes have burned out.
Also their are some more "expensive" high intensity squirrel strobe lights that only have a 7,000 hour bulb life, as stated on strobes originating factory web page, - that's less than 10 months - not very good for the price in my opinion - and the replacement bulbs are sold for about $40.00 + Shipping (depending on quantity though) - ouch!
I have field tested about 12 of these units and all but one(never opened its box) had bulb malfunctions(misfiring bulbs) or complete bulb burn outs within 7 months and the pests came back as soon as the strobe bulbs were burned out or were flashing so dimly as to not effect the squirrels or roof rats.
As stated above:
- good bulb life - great candlepower and some models have been designed to last ten years.
If your are "serious" about Getting Rid of Squirrels in Your Attic For Good - then:
Here is a link:
Stunbright to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
Below I will discuss some of the problems with these methods and some pitfalls to avoid if you choose to go these routes in an attempt(s) to achieve optimal pest control:
A picture is worth a thousand words and here are a few pictures: Where are they able to Get in - where will you or a hired "professional" will most likely have to seal? Will this deter the pests that will want to Get back into THEIR Attic?
Squirrels can climb up walls to Get into Your Attic:
They get into an Attic through the vents:
Squirrels like to Get into corners and chew their way in.
Your worst nightmare after paying to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic by "professional" house sealing: Squirrels with "attitude" or their young left in Your Attic and walls by the "professionals".
The Squirrels can Get around and even through a professionally sealing job:
sealed with wire mesh as - they chewed and pulled through the WIRE mesh:
How about metal "flashing" via professional sealing: Squirrels can tear and chew through this too:
I know one lady who paid almost $1,000 dollars to have her house sealed by "professionals" .
And, they also Fogged the Attic space with wolf urine repellent (useless stuff) and told her that the work was guaranteed for one year ". The "professionals" installed a one-way squirrel door at one of the Squirrels entrance / exit points "so they could Get out but not Get back in". Well, they just chewed a new entrance less than a foot away from the "professional" wire mesh sealing) and the Squirrels still used the one-way door as an exit which was left by "professionals" - they said they would come back to remove it - but never did return back to remove the one-way door - they just left it for the homeowner to deal with.
Well they were back in her Attic in one week - they chewed their way back in.
When she called the company back about the warranty they said that it did not cover new holes - just what they sealed and that they could come back and seal the new holes for more money but it would be about the same as the first charge ..... Cha-Ching - dollars signs are in the eyes of some "professionals".
Here is a video of the one way exit - the new hole and what the Squirrels found as a surprise one day upon returning - High Intensity pest control strobe lights. She has her Attic back - for good.
If you are thinking of trapping then I have some good tips and some VERY IMPORTANT WARNINGS - sorry for the bold type - but I am trying to save my readers some common problems.
First, live traps or cage traps to can provide some relief - it can be a good way to Get Rid of Squirrels living in Your Attic but it often times does not work for long - or even worse and very often mother / nursing Squirrels are captured and carried away or killed and their babies that are MOST LIKELY IN YOUR ATTIC 36 weeks out of the year will be left to die.
Most Gray Squirrels or Grey Squirrels (can be spelled either way) have 3 litters each year and the infant to juveniles living in Your Attic are usually in the nest for about 12 weeks and are totally dependant on their mothers for almost this entire time. So, if you trap and kill or relocate mothers you have to only do this during the times when there is not a chance of their offspring getting left to die and rot and smell in the Attic and walls of your house.
These short windows of times when one can trap and relocate the mothers can fluctuate depending on the region of the country where the trapping is planned and also the seasonal weather fluctuations - sorry but these are some of the factors that knowledgeable pest professionals have to be aware of if the squirrel removal professionals are going to do a CONSCIENCIOUS JOB and care about the homeowner and not just see you as a billfold or purse to empty.
The only really somewhat "safe" time of the year to trap them is in December and January in most of North America - Now there is a little over lap of the months - but this is the only really good time to be sure of not leaving babies in the nest. Most Gray Squirrels or Grey Squirrels will mate in Feb... and have their litters of babies in the early to late spring (depending on the weather and region). But WHY IS IT NOT "SAFE" to trap them during February to early March.
Squirrels (as Rodents) have an astounding homing ability - "there's no place like home".
Pregnant mother Squirrels that have been captured and released are even more likely to find their way back home as these have a higher incentive to Get back to their nest and food stores buried in your yard.
80% of all squirrels trapped and released within 2 miles from the capture site find their way back within a few days to a week.
Approximately 50% are able to find their way back to their Attic when carried 5-8 miles away at 10-12 miles away the number that are able to return back to their nest is about 5-10 %. In one study preformed by a pest control company one carried 25 miles away from where he was captured was able to get back in about 2 weeks time.
Now it you capture males they are usually the most likely to find their way back because of the territoriality of the males and the captured and released males don't want to fight to establish a new territory but would rather stopped being chased away by other male Squirrels at the release site and Get back to and in the Attic and yard where the males have established themselves in their social network.
Now female Squirrels - when not pregnant or nursing are less likely to try and Get back to and in the Attic where they were captured because the males of the release site will welcome to pretty new female that just moved in next door - Hey - guys will be guys.
But if the trapped and release Squirrel is a pregnant or nursing squirrel - then she is not accepted by either the males or females at the release site and the pregnant or nursing mother squirrel will often times be run off by the other females in the release area. Girl Squirrels will be girls with their squirrel cliques too
Something else to look for when trapping to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic:
If it is a girl squirrel and if its teats large and swollen - and if so - is the squirrels belly larger than normal indicating pregnancy? If it is pregnant you will need to relocate the female Squirrels at least 25 miles away and there is one other important step:
Squirrels that are trapped and released use their innate homing abilities to Get back to their Attic nest but mostly to return back to their stored food source buried in your yard. The average Squirrels whether grey Squirrels or gray squirrels or red squirrels or the nocturnal flying squirrels will bury on average a 2 year cache of food around their Attic home range.
They will definitely try to Get back. But if you leave an immediate food supply at the capture site it will help (but not insure) that the captured and released Squirrels will re-establish a nesting site at or near the left out food source.
A good choice is raw peanuts in the shell or even cooked peanuts in the shell - be sure to leave enough as an incentive for the squirrel to remain at the release site.
There are laws out there and in most communities it is illegal to trap and relocate wildlife without a license - this usually does not end up in a monetary fine though - but if you release the trapped animals in a city or state park be prepared to pay a hefty fine - in some towns and cities the fines can be on the order of about $1,500 dollars and people do get fined for illegally releasing captured pests in parks. Also, many municipal parks have fines (usually about $50 dollars) for just feeding the squirrels foods such as peanuts so check your local and state laws first.
Have you ever noticed how that some men put their aftershave colon on their hands and then rub if all over their face and then everything afterward that they touch has the smell (sometimes very strong) of their colon/aftershave - well the Squirrels in Your Attic have a fragrance on their foot pads - pheromones from their scent glands on their feet that let all the others know where they live, what their sex is and if they are of breeding age. And the scent trails left by the Squirrels in Your Attic can last for two years. So if you trap and seal and are able to Get Rid of some of the Squirrels that have lived in Your Attic then others will follow the former residing Squirrels scent trail back into Your Attic." Honey - the Squirrels are back". This is another reason that I think that the strobe technology is the Best Way to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic as it creates a constant environment that is unlivable to the original pests that you want to get rid of and any other pests that will follow the scent trail into Your Attic.
Oh boy, So Many Products and Methods that do not work - at least not for long and most not AT ALL
Please, please, please do not waste your money on one of these ultrasonic squirrel repellent devices they do not work and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has issued warning letters to manufacturers and retailers of these ultrasonic repellent devices and warned the not to claim that these ultrasonic electronic devices Get Rid of pests such as Squirrels or face federal prosecution and one large seller has already been taken to court and fined heavily for false claims.
I have even spoken to former and current pest control product investigators for the FTC and they have a great deal of professional dist ain for these ultrasonic products and have even urged the FTC to ban such ultrasonic products because they do not Get Rid of the Squirrels in Your Attic that you are trying to Get Rid of. You might as well hire the fabled pied piper
to play his magical flute.
Remember the lady / homeowner I wrote about earlier on this page with the squirrel problem - Oh did the company do a number on her - they told her that the Squirrels are terrified of wolves and when the Squirrels Get a whiff of the wolf urine in the Attic - well you will Get Rid of the Squirrels in the Attic and the Squirrels won't come back because of the Squirrels overwhelming fear of wolves - she was told and "sold" - but not for long (when the squirrels were back) - although her $900+ dollars were gone.
Most of these odor repellent products main ingredient (although they will contain the marketed ingredient such as wolf urine) is fox urine as fox urine is more commercially available. And what is the main source of the collected fox urine (other than the foxes) - are there fox potties or porta toilets strategically placed in the forest for the foxes to use?
The main commercial source of fox urine is from fur farms. Foxes in cages
with collection trays or bins placed below the cages to collect the fox urine.
If you purchase on of these products do you know whether or not you might be supporting the fur farm industry too. It is bad enough to waste money - but to waste it and possibly be supporting something you might oppose is another thing altogether.
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