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Old 02-01-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Squirrels in the attic

It sounds like the Rockettes up there. I used to put my cat (named Fido since he acted like a dog) in the attic when I noticed them. There'd be a huge ruckus but he'd chase them out with a warning NOT to return.

I don't want to kill them and have a dead squirrel in the attic. Anyone have suggestions as to how to discourage them from entering. We've been all over the roof and don't see their entrance way although we know it could be 1 1/2 inches wide.

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Old 02-01-2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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Best idea would be to get a pro out there - they seem to know such things. If you have enough crawl space, take up a candle and see where the flame flickers, and you'll find your entrance.
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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UGH! My sympathies to you. My only suggestion is to whack the ceiling and try to scare them out. I know that likely isn't a good option though. Hope you get 'em out!
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Best idea would be to get a pro out there - they seem to know such things. If you have enough crawl space, take up a candle and see where the flame flickers, and you'll find your entrance.


Great idea jkath!
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this may sound Crazy But...

if you go to the Zoo, and ask the keeper for a bag of Lion dung, you can use that or a liquer made from it as a deterant, it`s also good against Foxes and MANY other animals.

Or you could just buy one of these High-pitched ultra-sound devices that ar good against rats and the likes.

Your call :)
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this may sound Crazy But...

if you go to the Zoo, and ask the keeper for a bag of Lion dung, you can use that or a liquer made from it........

okay, there's a recipe I really don't want



Seriously, that may work too, YT!
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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Would you believe that I have the SAME EXACT problem? Only thing is, mine stopped making noise, and now it stinks in my bedroom below the attic. A quick look in the attic, reveals NO squirrel.. That means its dead, and some where that I can't see!!

Worse yet, this is in a brand new remodeled room. So if I have to rip down the Plaster, it'll cost me big time.. And I'll have to repaint..

I feel your pain!

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Old 02-01-2007, 12:41 PM   #8
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Check where your electrical service comes into your house...the wire is sometimes used as a highway for squirrels...their secret intrance maybe near by...Obviously look where trees/limbs are ajacent to your house. On the gable end of your house look at/around attic vents..if you have them. Look along the very edge of your roof line..next to the fascia board.(it is nailed horizontal across the face of the eave...

If all else fails...I have a recipe for brunswick stew that is really good!
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:43 PM   #9
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I threw some shoes up and banged the ceiling. They just answered me with a dance in return.

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if you go to the Zoo, and ask the keeper for a bag of Lion dung, you can use that or a liquer made from it as a deterant, it`s also good against Foxes and MANY other animals.

Or you could just buy one of these High-pitched ultra-sound devices that ar good against rats and the likes.
I have one of the ultra sound devices in the kitchen. I wonder if I plugged one in the office (right under the activity) how effective it would be.

We used to be able to buy Zoo Doo from the Baltimore zoo for our plants. I bet Atlanta has the same program. Thanks for suggestions.
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:27 PM   #10
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I had to have professional who finally HAD to come and tell me what to do! When we first moved here, maybe 25 years ago, had nest of squirrels in the chimney. We had to hire tuckpointer who came out after the squirrels where finished with raising their young, and he capped the chimeny plus had to tuckpoint it where the opening was. After that we still continued to hear the noise. My ex said he never did hear anything and ignored it. Now that he is gone, I called exterminator and he advised to put traps around the house to see if that wouldn't stop the noise at night. Sure enough, knock on wood, have no 'visitors' in attic at night. Never hear them during the day. Must sleep during day.

Squirrels seem to not fear humans. If it means fight between you and them, they will normally put up a fight. I had to chase one of with a broom. Good thing I had it handy. His tail was going back and forth like he wanted to jump up and really t ake care of me! I don't like the squirrels since they caused such expense.

I had always worried they would start eating on the elect ric and cause fire. They really are annoying and loud t hat I couldn't sleep with all the racket. I did take the broom and bang on the ceiling but then it woke my husband up and that really made him mad. Not the fact that we had something in the attic. He wanted to sleep!

T his is my experience with them and I still continue to fill the traps with food. They sure eat a lot. Traps have to be filled once month. As long as they eat outside I don't care.
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