The Squirrels that live in your Ceiling may be cute in the yard and the playground...
...but these same Squirrels can chew on the wiring above your Ceiling.
This website discusses pest control methods for Squirrels in the Ceiling. I was raised in a family with a pest control business which excelled in solving people's Squirrels in the Ceiling problems. I now have my own business in the pest control field and have continued the family tradition of helping people to solve their Squirrel problems for good.
What works and has literally been successful in of thousands of homes is the constant intense flashing of Pest Control Strobe Lights.
Squirrel Control Strobe Lights put strain on the ciliary muscles in the eyes.
The ciliary muscle controls the expansion and contraction of the pupil. With the flash of the Strobe, the ciliary muscle has to make adjustments much faster than normal (140-180 times a minute!). An eye doctor at a well-known medical institution in Arizona once said that the strain put on the eye would be like the strain put on a person's arm if they lifted a ten-pound dumbbell weight 1,500 times in a ten minute period. Of course, the pests can not become used to this eye strain and so they pack up and leave 97% of the time.
Of the High Intensity Pest Control Strobe Light options, I recommend Stunbright™ Strobes.
They have a good warranty and the bulbs on their products are designed to last at four to five years. You can find them at this link: www.stunbright.com
Another method that many people try is putting mothballs in the Attic. Well, using mothballs to for vertebrate pest control is illegal in all fifty states. In some states (New York, California, Arizona, etc.) it is, or has been, a felony to even suggest to your neighbors to use mothballs for vertebrate pest control. I have a relative who used mothballs once in her Ceiling. Not only did they not work as a long-term solution, her home stank of the odor from the mothballs - and even after nearly a decade, parts of her home still wreak of that foul mothball odor. And on top of that, mothballs are toxic and can cause respiratory problems, asthma attacks, nausea, dizziness, and are a possible carcinogen.
can be effective, but normally not for long. First off, 80% return to the capture site if released only 1-2 miles from it. A pest control inspector for a Western state's pest control department once stated that the majority of pest control companies that he has performed a routine inspection on unethically released the rodents that they capture only two blocks from the customer's home. So this means that most that are trapped and released can easily return to their nest!
I know the owner of a large pest control company that has said that by the time he gets through with the average trapping and sealing job that the average cost to the homeowner is about
$1,600 to $2,600
The problem with sealing is that often times the Squirrels will Get back or others will Get in by chewing new holes near the sealed ones. Some are so anxious to return into THEIR Ceiling that they will even chew through and tear apart metal mesh and metal sheet - look at these photos as proof:
The lady that had this (pictured below) sealing done paid almost $1,000 for about 2 hours work and the Squirrels chewed another hole to Get into the Ceiling just inches away. The one way door was to let them out but not back in:
And if the trapped and released Squirrels don't return to your Ceiling, others probably will. Squirrels leave scent marks where they live, creating virtual "highways" for others to follow to the warm nesting site.
The Squirrels often "mat" down the insulation in the Attic above the Ceiling. They often use the insulation as a good nest or Squirrel "drey". The Squirrels often also use the insulation for a toilet. The insulation becomes matted down and disgusting with the urine and feces. I would never want this or its accompanying smell in my Ceiling.
To remove of the odor of urine in the Ceiling I like Expel by Orison Marketing. Fogging the Ceiling space with expel works - I was happy with how it was able to Get Rid of the smell of Squirrels urine
This is one method that most educated pest professionals - well, “scoff” at is the best word that comes to mind
Using fox urine or wolf urine is really not effective to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Ceiling
And for that matter neither is the ultrasonic repellent route
Ultrasonic repellers and or predator urine odor repellents such as fox urine simply do not work and are really despised by most academic pest PHD’s
If you try and use fox urine or wolf urine then you could also be unwittingly supporting the fur trade industry as the major commercial source of fox urine(usually the main ingredient in most predator urine formulas). No, there are not fox toilets in the forests to collect the fox urine
- instead there are fox urine collection trays beneath many of the fur farms fox cages.
Fox urine, wolf urine, coyote urine for Squirrels in the Ceiling - Doesn't’t work just like ultrasonic pest repellers do not work!
ANd the FTC federal trade commission says that ultrasonic repellers / repellents do not repel and has sent out warning letters to ultrasonic device pest repellers manufacturers telling them not to claim that these electronic devices repel pests (such as Squirrels) or face Federal Prosecution - and the FTC started prosecuting these companies in 2004 for claming that these ultrasonic devises repel pests.
You might as well hire the fabled pied piper rather than trying fox urine or one of those ultrasonic things. Oh, and the lady who paid almost $1,000 to have her Squirrels chew their way back into her Ceiling as pictured above - Guess what the company that pocketed her money fogged the Ceiling space with - Predator urine - they told her it would Get Rid of Squirrels because they would naturally be too afraid to come back at all - yeah buddy - the Squirrels were back - running around in her Ceiling within a week!
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