Posted by Rob on 22:10:14 7/27/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
I trapped a squirrel in my attic last fall and thought I had found and blocked the access point. About a month ago, I heard a chewing noise in my wall. I placed a borrowed trap (designed for small squirrels & chipmunks) in the attic. First, I checked it and found it licked clean without being sprung. Next, I smeared peanut butter under the trigger mechanism, and came back to find the trap sprung with no squirrel. I figured this was a large squirrel, and the tail blocked the door enough for it to get out.
Then, I bought a large squirrel trap and set it. Again, I first found it picked clean without being triggered. Next, I set the mechanism with a bit more of a "hair trigger". When I returned, it was sprung but no squirrel. HOWEVER, I found several pieces of small rodent poop in the bait dish (possibly too small to be a squirrel?).
Oh yeah, whatever this is, when gnawing inside my wall, ate through the footer board and ceiling to get into my basement pantry, gnawed on a couple food boxes and was able to jump back up through its hole (or otherwise escape the pantry.) I've now got the small and large squirrel trap set in the attic with 4 mouse traps (one of which is inside the large squirrel trap), plus I have set 2 rat traps in my pantry. This has all been set for several days and nothing is sprung. PLEASE, any advice, insite or guidance will be most valuable and highly appreciated. my wife and I are going crazy, as this wall and the attic entrance are right over our 3 month old baby's crib. HELP!
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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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