How to Get Rid of Chipmunks / Squirrels

HOW to GET RID of CHIPMUNKS / SQUIRREL

Chipmunk ControlChipmunks fall under “Squirrel” family. In the United States, there are two types of squirrels that are the main problem: a common gray squirrel and a flying squirrel. Gray squirrels are about 18′ long which is including their 9′ tails. The gray squirrels are usually gray, salt and pepper color, but they can have tan hair mixed in the fur as well and have a white belly. Gray squirrels are active during the day. Gray squirrels usually eat bird eggs, insects, berries, fruit, vegetables, nuts and nestling birds. Flying squirrels are 9′ long that includes their 3′ – 4′ tails. They have brown fur and a white belly. Flying squirrels don’t fly but more glide, they can glide up to 200 feet or more. Flying squirrels likes to eat seeds, nuts, insects, bird eggs, and fruits. Unlike gray squirrels, flying squirrels are active during the night. Both of the squirrels live in tree cavities in wooded areas, they are mostly found near hardwoods like oak and hickory trees. Squirrels build their feeding shelters out of leaves. Do not try and run the squirrel out because it will just make another entry into your home.

INSPECTION

Squirrels can be found in attics, tree cavities. Squirrels will gnaw a hole into your walls, roofs, plants, screens and electrical wires.

CONTROL METHOD

Prevention:

  1. Remove any source of food that squirrels can feed on, especially bird seed, because bird seed will attract squirrels immediately.
  2. Gutter guards and covering down spouts will help decrease the number of squirrels that might enter through the roof and facia boards.
  3. Trim tree branches that may overhang the roof line because the squirrels will crawl and make their way into the roof from the branches.
  4. Remove firewood that is against the building
  5. If there is any cracks in the way, you should repair them in an instant

There are two different ways to control squirrels, which are traps and smoke bombs.

Traps:
The easiest way to capture squirrels is with traps (Live Animal Trap (Squirrels, Chipmunks and Rats) – Small). You just simply set the trap in places that squirrels are active in our home and place the bait (nuts, berries, bird seed, etc.) in the middle of the trap, when the squirrel comes into the trap (Live Animal Trap (Skunks, Rabbits, Squirrels) – Medium to eat the bait, the trap door will snap shut by itself and the trap is safe on the animals so it wouldn’t hurt them and it is safe on you. Once you have trapped a squirrel, release the squirrel about 4-5 miles away from your home or else it might find its way back home.

Live Animal Trap (Squirrels, Chipmunks and Rats) - Small Live Animal Trap (Skunks, Rabbits, Squirrels) - Medium
Live Animal Trap (Squirrels, Chipmunks and Rats) – Small Live Animal Trap (Skunks, Rabbits, Squirrels) – Medium

Smoke Bombs:
Smoke bombs (GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS) are an easy application, but you cannot use these inside the house. When using this smoke bomb (GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS), you will need to collect plenty of dirt and other materials for closing the burrow openings. Locate the squirrel burrows and treat each burrow opening by lighting a fuse and inserting the cartridge fuse-end first into the hole (make sure the hole is large enough for easy insertion before lighting the fuse). Cover all other openings before lighting the fuse so that the gas cannot escape. After the insertion of the bomb, you will need to cover the hole immediately but be careful not to smother the cartridge with loose dirt. Then proceed to the next burrow and treat as the same.

GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS (PACK OF 4)
Giant Destroyer Smoke Bomb

Repellent:
Another objective you can use is a repellent (DR T’S BAT-A-WAY REPELLENT). For areas that are not well ventilated such as attics and areas inside the house, put 2 to 4 ounces of repellent into mesh bags (cheesecloth, pantyhose, etc) or a small plastic container with holes punched in the top. This allows for easy product removal if odor becomes too strong. Bats, birds and squirrels will depart from the area within a short time. After the nuisance pests leave, seal up all openings and cracks that they could use to get back inside. Use Stuf-Fit Rodent Proofing Copper Mesh – 30 ft. Roll access control to seal off small gaps, cracks and openings. For ventilation openings, use a metal screening with a small mesh size (3/8). The repellent (DR T’S BAT-A-WAY REPELLENT) can be used for outside use as well. At the first signs of growth of roses, spring bulbs, flowers or other ornamentals, apply a 2 or more inch-wide band around the area to be protected. Do not apply Bat-A-Way on the plant or on the plant stems. One application can last up to 4 weeks. Hot weather and strong winds may require additional applications.

DR T'S BAT-A-WAY REPELLENT
Dr T Bat-A-Way Repellent

After you have used the repellent and the squirrels have left the building, we suggest that you use this item to seal off the entry points.

Stuf-Fit Rodent Proofing Copper Mesh - 30 ft. Roll
Stuf-Fit Rodent Proofing Copper Mesh – 20 ft. Roll
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Date: Thursday, 14. January 2010 14:13
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