Some of the common types of scenarios covered by the professionals listed on
this site include: Raccoon removal from attics and property - removal of
opossums, skunks, armadillos, groundhogs, and other animals from under sheds
or decks and other areas of property - squirrel removal from attics and
soffits of houses - rodent, rat and mouse removal inside buildings and homes
- bat control and removal of colonies of bats from attics - bird and pigeon
control - snake removal and prevention - mole trapping and control - dead
animal removal in homes and on property - wildlife damage repairs - home
inspections and critter prevention services - attic cleanup and wildlife
waste removal. Please check out my most popular wildlife removal articles
- Animal In The Attic - How to Get Animals Out of the Attic
- How to Get Squirrels Out of the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Squirrels
- How to Get Raccoons Out of the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the House, Yard, Tree, Roof
- Rats In The Attic - How to Get Rats Out of the Attic
- Bats In The Attic - How to Get Bats Out of the Attic
- Opossum In The Attic - How to Get Possums Out of the Attic
- Attic Restoration
- Bat Exclusion From Roof and How to Catch a Bat
- Squirrel Trapping using a One Way Door
- Noises in the Attic at Night and Bad Smell in House from Animal
- How to Trap a Rat humanely, and How to Kill a Rat
- Mouse removal and How to Get Rid of Mice in the Attic
- How to Trap an Armadillo guide.
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Most recent featured article: How to Get Rid of Squirrels
Ten Tips to Get Rid of Squirrels:
Homeowners that have experienced a squirrel infestation know that these pests are particularly difficult to control because of their persistence and their speedy, acrobatic movements. Squirrels can cause considerable damage to gardens and yards, roof and attics. They are excellent chewers and are notorious for chewing their way into buildings in a dogged manner, as they love being inside buildings. Once they gain entrance, they go on to create a mess with their constant gnawing on structures and fittings.
- Inspect your house, and find any squirrel entry holes with chew marks
- Go into the attic and look for squirrel feces, trails, and nesting debris
- Install a one-way exclusion door or repeater trap on the main squirrel hole
- After all the squirrels are excluded or trapped, seal the entry hole with steel
- Clean the attic afterward, at your discretion - may not be necessary
- Prevent future squirrels by squirrel-proofing all roof vents, soffit vents, and eave gaps
- You can trim trees, but they are amazing climbers, and will get on your roof anyway
- Get squirrel-proof birdfeeders if that's what's attracting them
- Install chicken wire or other fencing around plants or gardens they chew on
- Remember, there are no effective repellents, though hot sauce discourages chewing
Squirrels constitute a huge nuisance for many homeowners, they can be heard chattering or squealing in the attic, or scurrying around and upturning things. They are not so hard to spot as they are active during the daytime, and some of their antics are:
The best way to manage a squirrel infestation and get rid of them is by adopting an integrated approach to control and being more persistent than the animal!
- They take down birdfeeders and steal birdseed
- They damage wood siding, soffets, roof boards, and exhaust fans
- They eat some garden plants and destroy others by scurrying around
- They dig up bulbs and vegetables in the garden
- Indoors, they make a mess in attics with their urine and droppings
- They chew on electric cables and insulation, creating a fire hazard
- They leave dirty tracks on your walls and surfaces
- They chew on wooden furniture
Read more about How to Get Rid of Squirrels.
Most recent featured article: What is the best bait to trap a skunk?
Live skunk trapping is one of the most effective ways to control skunk although the challenge for most people is in not wanting to get sprayed. Read more about How to trap a skunk. Skunks are known to release an obnoxious spray when they feel threatened. It is however very possible to trap and remove a skunk without getting sprayed.
The effectiveness of your cage trap largely depends on what bait you settle for. In nature, skunks are omnivores and opportunistic feeders. Their common animal foods include worms, rodents, and even small reptiles like lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes. They often hunt insects and insect larvae, poultry, eggs and small mammals. They are known to attack beehives to eat honeybees as their thick fur protects them from stings. As for plants, they often feed on garden vegetables and fruits, berries, grasses, and roots.
While setting a trap however, the best kind of bait that would attract your skunk would strong-smelling foods like peanut butter and fish; you can even use a combination of both. Peanut butter is particularly good because it can be smeared all over the trigger plate and there is no way even a smart skunk would eat it off without setting off the trigger that shuts the trap door.
Skunks have been ranked in the top three wildlife animals that are difficult to trapping, but using the right bait will increase your chances of success considerably. Here are a couple of baits that have been proven to work while trapping skunk:
It is important while positioning your bait that it is placed far inside the trap enough that the animal’s whole body would have entered the cage before the door gets shut. Otherwise, the skunk could get wounded if it gets caught by the door, or it may be able to get away.
- Canned fish (such as sardines)
- Fresh insect larvae (such as may beetles)
- Cat food or bread with peanut butter
Read more about What is the best bait to trap a skunk?.