How To Remove Squirrels From Your Roof
Squirrels, even if they are not causing any damage, can become a nuisance on your property in a number of ways. Many people have issues with squirrels creating an excessive amount of noise when they are running around on your roof.
If you fall into this category there is some good news, it’s not incredibly difficult to trap and remove squirrels when they are spending time on your roof. You may even be saving yourself a headache from dealing with a worse issue if these squirrels were to ever find a way into your home.
They present a health hazard in a number of ways. Recent research has indicated that many squirrels carry bacteria that, when in contact with humans, may cause leprosy. They also can spread fleas, ticks, mites, and other parasites if they are in close contact with people. These parasites can cause Lyme disease, encephalitis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Not only are they a cause of disease spreading, but they also create a fire hazard. This is because they like to build their nest out of small and flammable objects. Twigs, string, scraps of cloth, leaves, and hair are all among the objects that make up a squirrel’s nest. They also are known to chew through your wiring which creates a terrible combination that could lead to a house fire. To help you prevent these events from occurring here are some tips for dealing with squirrels on your roof.
The easiest way to deal with them is to hire a wildlife professional to trap and relocate the animals. If you have found that they have entered your attic you will likely also need to hire someone who knows how to decontaminate animals’ nests and replace your insulation. This option can definitely be expensive, however.
If you choose to deal with the issue yourself the process will be incredibly similar to that of the professionals. To determine if the squirrels are merely on your roof or if they have entered into your home you will need to do a complete exterior inspection. This means checking for any holes along the sides of your house as well as ensuring your roof or roof vents have not been compromised. If the squirrels have not found a way inside, all you will need to do is set and arm traps on your roof to catch the squirrels. It is important to note that you should not do this in any place the squirrel will be trapped in direct sunlight. A trapped squirrel will die of heat stroke very quickly and begin to attract other animals to your property.
To trap a squirrel you may need to employ a technique known as pre-baiting. This is accomplished by refraining to arm your trap for several days while putting bait inside to attract the squirrels. Over the course of a couple of days, they will become more familiar with the trap and believe it to be safe. This way, once you are the trap you will not be at risk of the animal escaping.
After the animal has been trapped, you will need to drive at least 10 miles away from your home before you release them back into the wild. This will help to ensure that the squirrels cannot find their way back to your home.
While releasing the squirrels you will need to operate under extreme caution. They will likely not be very happy with being trapped and could scratch or bite you if you are not careful. This can spread horrible diseases to you, including rabies though this is less common. To be safe, you should employ the use of PPE and wear sturdy, heavy-duty work gloves.
Once the animals are gone you will want to seal any entry points to your home you may have found as well as take precautionary steps to keep squirrels off of your property. This can be done as simply as adopting a dog that will spend time outdoors on your property. This alone can dissuade squirrels from hanging around.