How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Attic

Updated April 17, 2024

Struggling to keep squirrels out of your attic?

Are squirrels making themselves at home in your attic? Not only can they cause significant damage, but dealing with an infestation can be quite a headache. At Alpha Wildlife, we believe squirrel prevention is key. Here’s how you can keep these agile critters out of your attic and save yourself the trouble and expense of evicting them later.

Understand the Attraction

First things first, why are squirrels moving into your attic? Well, your attic offers everything a squirrel could want: warmth, safety, and a quiet place to nest. Understanding this attraction is crucial to keeping them out.

Seal the Entry Points

Inspect Your Home

Grab a ladder and do a thorough walk-around of your home. Look for any holes, gaps, or damage that could serve as entry points. Squirrels can squeeze through holes as small as a golf ball, so don’t overlook smaller gaps.

Repair and Seal

Once you’ve identified potential entry points, it’s time to seal them up. Use sturdy materials like metal flashing, hardware cloth, or steel mesh. These materials are tough enough to withstand the gnawing habits of squirrels.

Trim Trees and Remove Access Routes

Squirrels are fantastic jumpers, capable of leaping from overhanging trees to your roof. Keeping tree limbs trimmed at least 10 feet away from your roof can cut off this access route. Also, consider removing other climbing aids like trellises or piles of wood near your home.

Use Squirrel Deterrents

Visual and Audio Deterrents

Try using visual deterrents like owl decoys or reflective tape. These can scare squirrels away by making them think a predator is nearby. Audio deterrents that emit high-frequency sounds can also be effective, although their success might vary.

Scent Deterrents

Squirrels dislike the smell of peppermint and predator urine (like that of a fox). Soaking rags in peppermint oil or purchasing predator urine from a wildlife control supply company and placing it near known entry points can discourage squirrels. Remember, these methods may require frequent reapplication to maintain their effectiveness.

Maintain a Clean and Clutter-Free Yard

An unkempt yard can provide squirrels with nesting materials and hiding spots. Keep your yard clean and free of debris, such as piles of leaves and stacks of firewood. Secure garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to avoid attracting squirrels with food scraps.

Install a Squirrel Guard

For homes with persistent squirrel problems, consider installing a squirrel guard around the base of aerial lines leading to your house. These plastic or metal shields can prevent squirrels from walking along the wires and jumping onto your roof.

Professional Squirrel Help and Regular Maintenance

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, squirrels can find their way into your attic. That’s where professionals like us at Alpha Wildlife come in. We can help with more complex situations, like removing squirrels humanely and safely, and providing more permanent exclusion solutions.

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your attic squirrel-free. Regularly inspect your attic for signs of squirrel activity and address any new potential entry points immediately. By staying vigilant, you can keep your attic clean, safe, and squirrel-free.

Need Help Keeping Squirrels Out Of Your Attic?

Keeping squirrels out of your attic doesn’t have to be a battle. With the right strategies and a bit of effort, you can maintain a squirrel-free home. Remember, if the situation gets out of hand, or you need advice on sealing and proofing techniques, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Alpha Wildlife. We’re here to help you protect your home from these furry intruders!