Posted by Mike on 17:29:14 10/2/2011 from 220.127.116.11:
We had a new room put on in March and the squirrels were back in short order. The holes were fixed where they sat in the gutter and chewed by doubling PVC board with a piece of sheet metal and so far there is no sign of attempts there. But I saw one disappear the other day behind the heavy duty gutter we had installed.
I went to where I have been hearing noises and at 2 AM it poked its head up, got hit with 120 lumens from a light, and ran back down. I just went up and looked between the rafter running down from one roof to meet another. They didn't just make a hole, they cleaned the entire opening clear that is about 4x8" as the gutter blocks the remaining 8 inches between the rafters. (see image)
I can probably get some solid PVC board down there and lock it tight (getting in a 45 degree roof is problematic), but I wonder where they will find to next get in.
Given the clearly "wide squirrels welcomed" sign, should I leave this open and continue to try to catch them in that area? I'm not worried about any other animals.
In the past three weeks I have caught four in traps but not right near this new hole. They have traveled to another small attic and I have yet to figure why as there is little in it and I can see everything and there are no access points. Any reason to travel like that and go 35 feet away from this hole to go into a walk-in attic? One has been trapped right above where they would drop down to the floor level storage attic and one in it.
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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