Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:46:31 8/29/2016 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Replacing chewed attic wire posted by Mike on 1:17:55 8/29/2016 from 126.96.36.199:
Well, "one every month or so for the last year" sounds like "free access" to me... AND the squirrels lol.
(Pardon me for making light of your situation.) :)
And while a 20 foot height wouldn't scare me, I would definitely hesitate before any attempt to negotiate a 45 degree roof. And I don't even have any balance issues I know of... Besides, squirrels like to 'survey their domain' as they exit home, so a high place along a roof is always vulnerable, along with the rooflines of dormers, another trouble spot. So a pair of binoculars (from the ground) mostly negates going up on your roof.
Definitely you have hole(s) somewhere else. The towel trick is always a good way to get active entry points. Just be aware that they might have more than one. And, if necessary, they'll MAKE one. A mommy squirrel WILL NOT be separated from her babies. She WILL get in.
Until you can actually FIX the problem, (I fully understand the $2000 bit) best thing would be to keep on trapping. Do it outside too, out of the public eye. Be as aggressive as you can, there are many in the public that won't give you any consideration for what you're experiencing, unfortunately.
Squirrels chew wires because they want to. If wires run through, say, an active squirrel nest, back in some corner, where electricians run their wiring, you could be in danger of a problem. Perhaps a visit by an electrician, at the least, or a visit from firemen, at the worst... Those teeth that squirrels have grow all the time, like our fingernails. So they chew on EVERYTHING.
I have used the cameras. Useful sometimes, but not always. Get one with motion detection.
I would advise you to get rid of all the squirrels you can, before you start any serious renovations. It's easy if you LIVE there, and have the time and temerity to do it!
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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