Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:23:44 1/5/2011 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: squirrel in soffett/gutter posted by mas on 13:46:19 1/5/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
You have to determine exactly where they are. Soffit or attic. Put a cracker in the attic, smeared with some peanut butter. Check it every 12-24-36 hors, see if it's taken. If it is, trap in the attic, use a 1040.
If it's the soffit, the very best way (it's expensive!) would be to rip out and open the soffits - they won't like that.
Leave them completely open thru the winter, next spring make sure everything is cleaned out, paint the INSIDE with two coats of exterior alkyd-based primer and at least one finish coat of paint, two is better. That gets the smell out.
Then re-erect the soffits.
If you leave the smell in there, they are likely to come back.
In the meantime, get a couple of 1040 traps and start trapping every squirrel you can, put each and every one down.
If you do all that, you will handle the problem.
Aren't you sorry you asked?
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