Metro Washington DC Squirrel Trapping & Removal

Leesburg Squirrel & Rodent Pest Trapping

Leesburg VA Squirrel Trapping & Removal

Animal Bat & Bird Extractors

Tim McDowell
301-748-8372

The best form of squirrel control is prevention!

 

Proper sanitation and property maintenance will prevent most problems. Most urban squirrels owe their existence to humans. We supply both food, and shelter without thinking. A house is just another funny looking tree to the squirrel. Why should the squirrel spend days cutting and hauling twigs up a tree to build a nest, when there is a perfectly good attic to sleep in. Its warm, out of the weather, and they don’t have to worry about predators coming in. Just add a few leaves, a bit of fluff, and call it home. A dish of pet food left unattended, an open garbage can, or a full bird feeder is a free meal to a hungry squirrel. Their common sense says ” this sure beats foraging” and it’s a lot easier. Wow…these humans are really great!

 Squirrel Trapping

If you read this far, then you probably have some of these problems already. So, remove the food supply. If it is a bird feeder, move it twenty or more feet from the house. Close or cover garbage cans, and if possible make them inaccessible. If you have a barbecue near the house, keep it clean and covered. Squirrels have been know to eat the drippings and sometimes build a nest if they can get inside. It doesn’t take very long, sometimes just hours. Maybe the squirrels are digging in your garden, or flower pots. While you can’t stop a squirrel from digging, you can discourage it. Use hardware cloth, a heavy metal screening with a half inch square grid, to place in the flower pot. Cut it to fit around the stem of the plant, and extend it to the edges of the pot. Place it just below the soil.  Put some small rocks near the edge to hold it in place. This same approach can be used in a small garden. If the squirrels are eating your fruit as it ripens, about the only way to stop them is to cage the entire plant. Most times this is not practical, and allowing them to have a little may be a small price to pay. I know they can be wasteful, try to accept it as food tasting.  Other devices, such as high frequency sound emitters and animal scents may be effective for a short period of time. Once the squirrel gets use to them, and they will. They become ineffective, and you’re out a lot of money. The use of ” Squirrel Away” or ” Hot Pepper Spray” are also ineffective as deterrents. They can actually do harm to both squirrels, and other animals, especially when these products get into their eyes. Then how do you deal with a blind squirrel? The use of ” moth balls” as a deterrent does work. But again, only temporarily. A determined squirrel will get used to the smell, or simply push the ” smelly stuff” out of its way. So if you do try this method, wrap them in a piece of metal screening to form a bag. Then tie the bag to a solid object, make it as difficult as possible for the squirrel to move.  You will have to replace the contents every few days for it to be truly effective. Another problem area can be exposed wires or rubber hose’s. Most common are those on gas grills, and stored motor vehicles. But, low voltage lighting can be a tempting target for squirrels. What the most squirrels are trying to do, is clean and sharpen their teeth. They do this by biting through some material, (normally wood) then they pull their head back so the fibers slide between the teeth. I guess you could call it the squirrel version of dental floss. Most squirrels stick with small tree branches, but some have found the plastic coated wire or rubber hose does a much better job. The only way to stop this problem is to trap and relocate the offending squirrel. Once the squirrel is removed,  the problem should end. Once a squirrel has chewed its way into an attic or crawl space, again the only practical way to remove it is by trapping (see section below).    Of course repairs should be made immediately to close the entrance hole. It is also important to cut off the access route to the attic or crawl space. This may require trimming tree branches that overhang the roof. Remove firewood that may be stacked against the building. Fill cracks in foundation walls. Even a one inch hole or crack can make a suitable entrance hole for a determined squirrel. When patching wood, use metal plates or flashing where ever possible. On foundations walls use concrete. Avoid plastic or PVC vents when ever possible.

If your only alternative is to trap, and remove an unwanted squirrel, you should first check with your local government agency. Your City, County, or State may require you to obtain a permit. There may be certain circumstances when a professional trapper is needed to capture and relocate the animal. A phone call can save you a lot of trouble. The other very important part of trapping concerns the time of year. The female squirrel will give birth to a litter of three or four, in the early spring and possibly again in the fall. If you trap and relocate the mother squirrel, you will surely kill her babies since they can not leave the nest on their own. While this alone would be heart breaking, consider what will become of those baby squirrels. They can cause quite a smell. Please give this some careful thought before you proceed. If you’re not sure, please ask for help. That’s what we’re here for. If you are allowed to trap, your next step will be to find a suitable trap. Be sure to find one that is the proper size for the squirrel you wish to trap. Too small of a trap may not completely enclose the squirrel and one too large may not be sensitive enough for a one pound squirrel. Traps should come with instructions to bait and set them, be sure you under- stand and follow the directions. Peanut butter (Skippy crunchy) is considered the best bait for a squirrel. Placing a spoonful on the trip lever usually does the trick. Your first step is to do a little detective work. Find the path that the squirrel is using to your attic, crawl space or where ever it should not be. To find this path, you must first observe your squirrel’s routine. Normally, a squirrel will leave the nest at dawn or shortly after in search of food. This would be the best time to watch and wait. Find a place where you can view your house and the entrance hole. Be very still, and watch how it gets to or from the house. E.g. climbing, jumping or both. Once you discover this path, you should place the trap accordingly. Always set the trap on a stable surface, such as the ground, on a porch or deck. Never hang the trap! If you have the time, leave the trap opened and without bait for several days, so the squirrel will accept it as part of the landscape. You should also consider what if any other animals might be in the area of the trap. Since a cat, dog, or even a bird may be tempted into your trap. You must be able to see or hear the trap operate, so it would be best to set it only when you have the time to watch or listen for it to operate. Once a squirrel is trapped it must be removed as quickly as possible to prevent stress to the animal. Be sure you are wearing heavy work gloves while handling the trap. Be prepared to listen to a lot of complaining. This squirrel is going to voice its displeasure non-stop! You must relocate the squirrel at least a three miles from your location, even further if you are in a heavily wooded area. An ideal location would have a natural barrier, such as a river or lake. If you’re moving the squirrel within an urban area, try to place it across several highways or other busy streets. You should give some thought to where you are going to relocate the squirrel before capture. A place where it can find food, water and shelter would be in your best interest. Don’t give this squirrel a reason to return! It may be necessary to repeat this process if more than one squirrel is involved. Please remember that if there are babies in the nest, they can ” not” be trapped and must be removed by hand. Then be sure to correct the problem that led to the squirrel moving in, as quickly as possible. Be sure to wash the entrance area, with a strong solution of ammonia and water, or a household cleaner to remove any scent the squirrel’s may have left. If you have problems, concerns, or questions about live trapping. Many local government agencies have people that are knowledgeable in this area and may be able to offer you additional advice. If you do not have the time or are not sure you can accomplish this task. There are professional animal or pest control companies that can remove squirrels for you. If you consider the time and effort involved, it may be best to contact a local company for an estimate.

Leesburg Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels and abundant in our area and can wreak havoc on our homes and business. They are notorious chewers and once they enter a structure there is a real and tangible danger of fire caused by them chewing on electrical wires. For this reason alone you should never allow too much time to pass before hiring a wildlife professional to remove them and repair damage and seal up the structure to keep them from returning in the future. We understand this can in some cases be an expensive endeavor but steps should be taken as soon as possible to minimize the damage caused by squirrels. This is baby season for squirrels along with most of the other creatures we share our community with and this can require some special handling of the situation. We cannot simply trap the squirrels in your attic. Once we have trapped the squirrels we have to check and see if we have captured a lactating female and if so must find and remove the babies as well. This is exactly why it is important to hire a nuisance wildlife professional and not a friend or handyman. Though their hearts may be in the right place, they may very well make a big problem even bigger. If an adult is trapped inside a home or business they will do great damage to the structure trying to get out. Or if a momma is trapped outside the structure and her young are trapped inside she will again do an extreme amount of damage to the home trying to get back in. And if she cannot get back in her young will die inside and stink up the entire home or business. All of these unfortunate circumstances can be avoided if you hire the right company to deal with this situation. Once we have trapped and removed all the squirrels from the home or business, we can seal up and wildlife proof the building so this problem does not happen again next breeding season. Give us a call and we will get it done right the first time, GUARANTEED!

Squirrel Control And Wildlife Pest Removal