How do you keep squirrels out of the attic?


Quick Answer

To keep squirrels out of your attic or to evict ones that may be nesting there, hang strobe lights in your attic. You must disrupt the safe, dark environment of the attic. You need strobe lights with plug-in extensions and an extension cord.

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  1. Make sure the attic is temporarily free of squirrels

    Nesting mother squirrels are very fierce and aggressive and may attack. Before you go up to hang the lights, make some loud noises near the entrance to make sure there is no display of such behavior.

  2. Tape cardboard over any attic windows

    Seal the windows so that natural light does not diminish the effect of the strobe lights.

  3. Plug in and hang strobe lights

    For smaller spaces, use only one strobe light with the cord hanging over a rafter. For larger spaces, you may need two or three. In any case, make sure all the lights are plugged into an extension cord so that you can turn them on or off without having to go in the attic.

  4. Turn on lights and wait

    At first, the lights must be turned on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After you have not heard the squirrels for some time, the lights may be turned off and reused later if necessary. The point is to make the space seem dangerous and keep it uninhabitable to the squirrels.

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