Posted by Lidya on 10:58:34 2/12/2014 from 126.96.36.199:
I wish I had discovered this message board ealier even though I live in Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. It would've maybe helped and saved me some dollars by just trapping them but then again I'm afraid of heights since my home has 3 stories so sealing a hole would've been an issue, lol.
Here's my story (it's long):
I noticed squirrels coming in and out of a vent last August (in 2013) and thought nothing of it.
Then in Novemeber and December, I could hear a lot of scurrying, scratching and just all out at noice in the evenings mostly and very early mornings.
Again, I just thought (naively) that since they come in and out because it's Winter by Spring time they would be gone.
It wasn't until last week, when I woke up from their racket that I saw 3 short thick "scrath holes" that I then realize, "Oh, they're scratching their way in?".
I know I sound dumb and stupid but I have never heard or encountered such a thing so everything was incrediblly foreign to me.
I got scared and desperate and got a company who installed a one-way door yesterday for 275 CAD (Canadian Dollars) and another 35 CAD to come seal it, which I thought was too much because it came to a total of 350.30 with taxes. I shopped around with 4 other companies and the lowest was 255, the average 275 and the highest 350 w/o taxes and all of them suggest a one way door and always charge 50 to 85 CAD for an on-site consultation! :(
We wanted to pay them after they come back for their 2 week inspection, see if everything is fine and then seal the entry but they insisted on getting the payment the day of...(sighs).
The guy installed it yesterday, at around 3pm and just right now, I'm pretty sure I heard them. I know he said that usually it takes 24 hours for them to all get out and that to be sure, we have to wait a week and a half or two.
He did tell me to call him any time free of charge and he'll come, and he did suggest at least sealing the other gable vent we have (for 35 + taxes) since it's made of plastic, they will apparently get to work on that too.
He said our squirrels may have been here longer so our house is their home and it's a familiar terrain so when they realize that their favorite left gable vent has no entry, they'll just try to find another way in.
I just heard them again now...ughhhhhhh!!!
He suggested, a lot of other prevention methods which total up to a grand w/o taxes.
I'm fearing that this one way door would only alleaviate the problem because of big the house is and how long they've been here. I do not have much money to spend since the 350 just for that door and sealing service is very expensive.
Do you have any advice, suggestions or tips?
Any is appreciated!!!
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