Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:58:32 12/17/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: One way door trap posted by Steve on 22:08:35 12/16/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
Without knowing the full details of you house, how it's built, how itís sited, I can only make guesses. Squirrels (and that includes the flying kind) will take advantage of any shelter they can find. Especially animals that have been raised in a structure or have no other place to make a home.
And yes, they can be just between floors, or just in the attic, or even both. Over time, greys will search out the structure and find and explore ALL of the areas they can find, outside AND inside. Flying squirrels not so much.
First order of the day is to find out EXACTLY what you have. And don't forget, you could have multiple animal types! Next would be to determine ALL the entry points. This, of course, is a process of elimination, it can also take awhile.... Man is a natural hunter, you have to gravitate to that mode. (You can do these two things at once!)
FORGET the one way, take it down and stuff the hole with an old rag (or something) and OBSERVE - while you search for additional entry points. If your rag stays there for a few days, a week or so, it's not being used. Patch it with hardware cloth and move on. Just like anything else, you get better at it as you go along, you have to find out how to think like a squirrel and be able to see some of what he sees.
Naturally, you start where you hear them, just looking to see if you can see where theyíre getting in, might just not hack it. You use that hunter/detective mode. Being comfortable on a ladder is extremely helpful, and itís easy to get used to as long as youíre not in a wheelchair. (BABY STEPS!) (Getting up on a roof is not something you normally need to do, and if you do, you get someone qualified to do that.)
Unfortunately, this is never a one stop deal. Which is why GOOD control can be expensive (by an "expert") and why it is best done by the people that live there - they know what's going on. With a few brains, this Web site, a goodly amount of time, and a methodical approach to the job, anybody can do this.
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