Posted by Pete N on 14:41:54 5/11/2013 from 126.96.36.199:
We just purchased a home that was built new in 2008. The builder/owner left the home vacant for 5 years waiting for the "market" to come back. It was vandalized and he finally decided to sell it. The attic is laden with acorns and squirrel droppings and we can hear them from time to time. The basement has insulation that is full of feces in insulation and the builder left gaps in ALL the plumbing from the basement to the attic, walls etc. which I have wire meshed. During that endeavor a baby squirrel (rat?) fell out and was crying for "Mom." I killed it as I did not want to get attacked. I have found 2 openings under the soffits and placed live traps over them. Do I have to clear the attic of all/most insulation that has been used for nesting, urinating, defecating? Am I approaching this correctly? Some wildlife company told me they would catch the squirrel(s) for $700.00. That will not and does not solve the "real" problem. What would you recommend and in what order? Thanks, because I am at my wits end. I took a scope and also saw what I believe to be Carpenter ants around an abandoned nest near one of the entry/exit points. Thanks for your help. What a mess!
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