Posted by Chell on 21:36:56 12/9/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
Can squirrels possibly enter a house from a French drain that empties in to a street? We have squirrels in our soffits and possibly our attic. We removed them successfully before-but our repairs only bought us three years of peace. Now our problem is back. To make matters worse, we have a neighbor who excessively feeds wildlife (long story).
We are trying to determine how they are getting in this time. Unlike last time, we don’t see them going in to the soffit. We used to hear noise-followed by the glimpse of a tail running into the soffit. Now we hear them-and see nothing. If I didn’t see them on the grass shortly after hearing something run down-I would question if it was indeed squirrels.
We have sat in our cars and from across the street at all known entry and exit times. We see the trio of squirrels come from one of 20 feeding stations my neighbor set up (I wish I was exaggerating but I’m not). They usually are carrying a peanut. They then go to our oak (not any more since we majorly trimmed it) to another smaller tree by the tree lawn-and then “poof” they disappear. The only thing I can think of-and this may be “out there” is that the gutter on the side they enter from has a French drain that exits to the street. Can they climb up into the drain pipe from the street and reach the gutter and soffit that way? Is this even a possibility? I just don’t understand it this time around. I used to hear a noise and see a bushy tail before I would hear the soffit noise. Now we see them on the street or grass-and poof…they are gone…. but then they are in the soffit. I can start checking by there-but is this even a consideration.
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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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