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How To Get Rid Of Squirrels

Summary: Wondering how to get rid of squirrels in your attic? There are always new products popping up on the market that claim to do the trick. Here's one that promises to do it in a flash.

You're sitting in your favorite chair, feet up, enjoying Dancing With The Stars. Life is good! Suddenly, you hear something and it is not Jerry Springer tap dancing. It's above your head and it sounds like little feet. There is no one upstairs. In fact, there is no upstairs. You only have an attic, and that's when you hear little feet again.

Squirrels! No doubt about it. You've got squirrels in the attic and I'm not talking about the ones that your friends always kid you about. These are the real McCoy. You can hear them running from one end of the house to the other. So, now what do you do? Maybe they'll go away in the morning.

Once squirrels have worked their way inside your house you can rest assured that they are not leaving anytime soon. It takes a lot of hard work for those

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little guys to gnaw through siding or tear off part of a roof. After all that effort the squirrel feels entitled to being in his new home, even if you are the landlord.

You've got some choices to make and you need to act quickly. Leaving squirrels in the attic can lead to some costly repairs. Squirrels, like most rodents, need to gnaw to keep their teeth from overgrowing and one of their favorite targets is electrical wires. A few days of squirrel work can leave your attic exposed to electrical shorts and fire. Get moving and decide if you wish to do it yourself or call a pest control professional.

If you decide on doing it yourself there is a device that is easy to use, requires little installation and it works fast. It's a product developed by Evictor Products of Norristown, PA. and they claim it is 100% successful at permanently evicting squirrels. It also works on rats, raccoons and other rodents. The product emits an extremely high intensity strobe light that flashes like a disco strobe, but slower. It comes in two powers, the lower throwing off 175,000 candlepower and the larger light putting off a whopping one million candlepower. The bulbs give off little to no heat and last over 10,000 hours.

Evictor strob

The lights can be installed using a hook with a wood screw and can be powered with regular extension cord. The manufacturer suggests using a power strip or surge protector so you can run several units throughout the attic space. Place the power strip somewhere near the entry to the attic, because once you get those strobes going you do not want to be in the room. The flashing light is overwhelmingly blinding and very unpleasant. I'm talking instant headache.

In setting up the system it is important that the light coming from each device overlaps one another so that there are no dark spaces where the squirrels can go for relief. So, multiple lights are required if your space exceeds a certain square footage. For example, a single light will work for a totally unobstructed gable roofed attic of 20 feet by 30 feet. But, it gets a little more complicated for houses with odd shaped roofs. The company provides some great installation guides at their website

The Evictor Products website also provides videos, testimonials and answers to frequently asked questions. You can find them via this link: Evictor Products. If you don't want to do the installation they will even provide you with names of local professionals who will do the installs for you.

Watch this short video on this squirrel repellent product.

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Bob Johnson
09 Mar 2010, 22:43
I am having a big problem with squirrlels eating my wiring in my car any suggestions I have tried it all Any suggestions onb poisoning them.
15 Jun 2010, 22:23
A tall kitchen garbage pail filled with one third of water and add one cup of sunflower seeds to it. Place it in your yard-put a wooden plank under the lip and secure the bottom end. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice will climb up-see the seeds, jump in and drown because they cannot climb up the slippery side. Has worked for me for two years and I found this info online.
31 Jul 2010, 16:58
im trying to get rid of a squirrel in my basment please give me tips or ideas if you can ,thanks ...
13 Sep 2010, 07:48
It's 6a and I'm awakened by an annoying sound o don't know if its squirrel or a rat chewing or scraping something in the ceiling of my basement...please help. I need an inexpensive solution ASAP!!!!
Ask the Exterminator
13 Sep 2010, 07:53
If it's a squirrel you'll need to purchase a live trap and capture the squirrel. The trap should be set up outside at the base of a tree where you see squirrel activity. If it's a rat you'll need to set up rat snap traps in the area where you find rat droppings.
John Cropper
14 Sep 2010, 23:12
I have a roof rat problem. Do these rodent strobe lights really work?
Cheers, John Cropper. Queensland Australia.
Ask the Exterminator
14 Sep 2010, 23:53
They work if you get full coverage of the area where the rats are living. That means you may need more than one light if there are corners and turns in the attic.
02 Jun 2015, 14:59
I live in a mobile home and we have squirrels in our ceiling. It's gotten so bad that now urine is seeping thru. They are also in the wall I think. We tried the bird seed with that super hot powder and that didn't work. We don't really have access to open up the area and install anything. I'm just mortified. I need serious help.
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