Posted by Mark on 16:17:16 7/15/2016 from 22.214.171.124:
I'd just like to post something very contrary here, my experience. I had rotten fascia and softets and over the years had a number of different squirrel families living there. From the attic I could see deep down into the nest, very comfortably padded with insulation. A wire going to an outside lamp went right through it. They never chewed the wire. Noise in the attic at night was a little disconcerting until I put a camera up there and a lamp I could turn on remotely. They're just playing, no worries. For the last family that was there, I watched the mother bring in three little ones, one at a time, the size of golf balls). As they got older they started to try and venture out into the attic when the mother was out. I had to keep redirecting them back into the nest because I didn't want anyone to get hurt, they were too little. So that they wouldn't have the run of the attic I was going to build a large cage around where the nest opened into the attic. Squirrels under control and I would be able go up and feed and play with them. Unfortunately, though the babies were quite friendly and curious, mother didn't like all the attention and moved the family out the next day.
End of story, new soffets and fascia and no more squirrels. I considered having a pet door put in. Yes it's less concern now, but I do miss the pitter patter of little feet in the attic!
The only problem I see is that they have fleas. I know because I've picked them up from letting the squirrels climb on me. In the future, if ever having the opportunity again, I may consider treating the nest for fleas.
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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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