Posted by jmc on 14:23:54 1/2/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Squirrel in attic, first time problem posted by John Fasoldt on 19:06:54 1/1/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
Nope, it's trapped. There's wire over the exhaust fan, but that wire has a hole. He's tried to get back out the way he got in, but cannot manage it. There's no easy way for us to make it easier, either. It's like Hotel California for squirrels!
Squirrel has totally tore apart our attic trying to find another way out - tearing batting off the walls, throwing blow-in into the rafters - we hear him frantically digging in various places most of the day.
The house was squirrel-proofed some years ago, apparently. The wire was part of that. It was installed badly and the fan itself made the hole.
I've rebaited the trap (with fresh, home-ground peanut butter, no less!), but doesn't look like he's even tried it yet. It has peanut butter, bread, and water, set behind the trigger. I didn't stick anything to the trigger, having read that I shouldn't because a big squirrel's tail could keep the trap from closing completely, so the bait needs to be further back.
This was the only trap the landlord could find locally. By the time a bigger trap can come by the 'net, he'll probably have died.
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