Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:18:51 7/24/2014 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Squirrel WAS in the attic... posted by Bess on 16:44:18 7/23/2014 from 184.108.40.206:
Squirrels are like us, they can go without water for maybe 3-4 days, then they're done. Too weak to prowl around, they will probably die. Although squirrels are clever - they will chew through a water pipe to get water, check the lines in your basement, even the soil lines. If they hear water, they will try to get at it.
If he is STILL there, he has probably found water. Leave a basement window OPEN during thew daytime, close it at night, leaving a bit of peanut butter bread on the windowsill of the window that was open. This is a "detector" to see if he's still in there. If the bread is gone, repeat the process.
If he dies inside, it may smell. Unless you KNOW where he is, it's tough to find him. The smell WILL go away, depending on the size of the squirrel and the ambient temperature. Not much you can do about the smell unless you can remove the carcass. If you can't, the body will mummify, the flies will find it, no matter where he is and a short time later, depending on the above factors, you will have a scourge of flies for a few days. Not much you can do about that either...
If he has gotten out, use that trap to reduce the outdoor population, perhaps catching the offender also. Put them all down.
Good luck and let me know how it all worked out!
P.S. And thanks for the compliment!
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