Posted by T1000 on 23:40:37 6/22/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
Like Carl, my squirrel problem has returned also. I thought I have been hearing noises in my attic for several months after I got rid of my first batch of squirrels, but I did not want to overreact without any hardcore evidence. However, this morning around 7:30 AM I saw a squirrel on my roof, which is not a good thing because squirrels are just coming out of their nesting areas that early in the morning. If it was in the middle of the day, I would probably just ignore the squirrel because I would have thought that he was just exploring. Also, I have eliminated most of their roof access points, except for the power lines and a gazebo frame that is one foot away from our lower roof. So, what are you doing up there Mr. Squirrel? A few months ago I called the power company about a squirrel baffle but they never heard of one and do not recommend that I place anything on the wires that could cause them to overheat. Could you recommend a good squirrel baffle or tell me how to make one John? I am not sure if the squirrel is using the gazebo frame to climb onto the roof because I never seen any squirrel take a interest to it when they are playing in the backyard.
This morning I setup two traps tied opened in the backyard with a half Chex Mix Turtle Bar and a sugar wafer stuck to peanut butter as a bait for each. So, I went to dentist for like 4 hours and I came back to see that something is in one of the traps with the door closed. Upon closer inspection, it was a dead squirrel. I guess I didn't tie the trap opened correctly and it still locked without the lock bars in being place. Poor little fella, I guess the heat got to him before I could. Hopefully, this departed squirrel was the one I saw this morning. Until I find out whether I caught the right critter, I am going to focus on surpressing the population, which is something I wanted to avoid before because I did not want to hurt any innocent bystanders. No more Mr. Nice Guy. It is all out war.
John, are their any tips you could give us for hunting squirrels in summer compared to fall and winter?
Also, I have a new bait idea that someone should try. After I disposed of the heat stroked squirrel, I placed a small cup filled with a bit of almond extract in the trap. However, I am concerned that almond extract is going to evaporate once it gets hot the next day. Perhaps, I should add some type of oil to make it's evaporation harder. Better yet, someone should experiment with sweet almond oil if they happen to have it on hand. I think it would be harder to evaporate compared to almond extract and deliver the same pungent smell.
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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