Posted by John Fasoldt on 8:41:16 11/6/2010 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Trapping flying squirrels posted by Dorothy Martin on 13:53:06 11/5/2010 from 18.104.22.168:
Shredded newspaper - excelsior, they used to call it... But you have to be "scientific" about it, meaning you have to trick them. Use the box with chem inside, then when they're confident and rooting thru it, to find "the treat," you switch it with a trap. And you use multiple setups. Get the idea? You have to outwit the quarry.
That's assuming you have F squirrels. Technically, you'll have to be sure, because if it's something else, you'll have to adapt some procedures, for sure.
Chippies go up your downspouts and root around in your gutters for food, and can oftentimes find their way to the inside. Mostly by mistake, but they will make a stash of nuts inside somewhere. Cut off your downspouts 9 inches above the ground and adjust the resultant flow. That'll keep them off your house. And make sure all foundation cracks are sealed so nothing can get in. Don't leave garage doors open, especially if it's an attached garage.
Don't know where you are, but some kinds of squirrels are not as aggressive and are satisfied with soffits and interfloor passage ways. Chipmunks and squirrels can also be active at night, even though they are diurnal, because they have adjusted to feel safe inside a familiar place.
I don't know how much money you want to invet in this, but the ultimate would be to call in a contractor, have the gutters and fascia removed/repaird and all entrance points sealed off with galvanized steel wire. At which point, after, say, a month or two without any further problems, he comes back and fixes everything up to the way it was.
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