For a long time we have been struggling in our home with a rodent issue. Not rats, but flying squirrels in the attic. In the beginning, we thought that a couple of gray squirrels had moved into our attic. We did not want to hurt the animals, but definitely, we did not want to share our nest with them either. So we looked for humane ways to get rid of the squirrels.
We put a trap and nothing happened. Them my husband decided that it was best to try to solve the problem ourselves instead of hiring professional help. So we researched the topic and found some potential solutions:
Get a product to scare them out. We went and bought some special product for this purpose: fox’s urine. Supposedly they smell the urine and think that a predator is in the house and look for another place to live. After spending something like 30 bucks, no luck. Our squirrels were not cowards or stupid, nothing happened.
Advice number two. Put something with strong smell, something like mothballs. So we did, the smell also was strong in other parts of the house. I was uncomfortable thinking that we were breathing all those chemicals. No luck.
Them my husband decided to buy an expensive lamp (Squirrel Evictor MB10K strobe light) that supposedly emits a powerful light that makes them uncomfortable. We bought the lamp, but because of the shape of our attic they had places to avoid the light and still continue to live and move in and out. After trying for a couple of months no luck either.
Finally the most painful decision. We needed to get professional help. So we looked on the Internet and got names of squirrel removal services (they are not exterminators, they do not kill any animal). We called 3 companies. One of them showed up and gave the first estimate of $800. The second one did not want the job and the third one did not show up for an appointment and after a second phone call they came and told us they will charge $1,450. We took the first guy.
We were informed by both companies that we have flying squirrels, not gray squirrels.
We finally have hope. Yesterday the guys came and sealed the holes as well as reinforced weak areas where the squirrels can come again and put a one-way trap. The one way trap allows the animal to go out, but they cannot come inside again. So they have to look for another place to live.