Posted by ams on 8:53:46 1/18/2012 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: How long can a squirrel survive in a sealed up attic? posted by John Fasoldt on 11:21:02 1/17/2012 from 18.104.22.168:
Thanks - read both pages and modified my trap (instead of a magnet I used duct tape to secure a cut-off red solo cup). Left the freebies near the entrance and a couple leading back to the plate.
This squirrel has been up there for 6 days now. I still hear it scratching in the early morning. It is a grey squirrel (saw its tail a few days ago when I was "hunting" up there with my pellet gun).
Walked the perimeter of my house multiple times looking for possible entry/exit points I missed. It originally gained access through rotted fascia (previous owners didn't believe in cleaning gutters). Since boarded up all rotted areas around the house (soffit and fascia). I left the one hole open, but put some loose newspaper in it so I could see if anything came or went. The newspaper is still there.
When my new gutters were installed two years ago I had them also add some 16 gauge metal flashing behind the gutter and tucked under the shingles -- exactly for this purpose. The flashing doesn't reach down all the way which is why they were able to chew through the rotted area. But it does cover the area above the gutter and below the shingles.
I'm losing my mind. The squirrel hasn't touched even the freebie raw unshelled peanuts. There is a light on there so it can see them. It should be able to smell the peanut butter.
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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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