Squirrel Removal And Trapping in Ann Arbor MI

How To Trap Squirrels DIY

DIY Guide Squirrel Trapping

Mark Van Dyke

US Animal Control

(888) 228-6073

It is critical that homeowners know their state and local laws, before they attempt any wildlife control, removal or trapping procedures on their property.

Squirrels in the attic

One of the most common complaints that we deal with as a nuisance wildlife control company; is squirrels in the attic and squirrels in the soffit and eaves of a home. Squirrels are notorious for chewing through roofs, vents, soffits, eaves and for making contractor voids bigger to gain access into a attic space. Once inside the chewing doesn’t stop. They will chew on rafters, electrical wires and anything else in their way. Chewing, scratching and scurrying sounds, in the early hours of the morning is normally signs that squirrel are present in your attic. On the roof, eaves or soffits you may see insulation hanging out. Inside of the attic you will see run marks, shredded insulation, nuts, twigs, leaves, squirrel feces and smell squirrel urine. Depending on the time of year you may be able to pinpoint nests in the attic, but nest with babies may be concealed in the attic eaves or wall spaces. Removing squirrels from the attic and keeping them out is not an easy process. It has taken us many years to prefect our squirrel removal techniques. We are often asked, how do I remove squirrels from the attic and the answer to that is to trap  squirrels or exclude them. Below is a step by step guide to humanely trap squirrels that have taken up residence in your attic.

Guide to Humanely Trap and Remove Squirrels in the Attic

This guide is written by a wildlife control specialist with many years of knowledge and experience in humanely removing squirrel and other wildlife from attic spaces.

Tools you will need

  • Ladder that will get you to the roof of your home
  • Screw gun
  • Screws
  • Traps (roof mounted cage trap, repeater trap or one-way exclusion door trap, you can get any of these traps at Wildlife Control Supplies
  • Steel
  • Caulk
  • Respirator
  • Hazmat suit

Lets Get Started

  1. Thorough inspection of the structure from the foundation to the roof. I cannot stress enough, how important this 1st step is! You will be looking for the entrance holes. Common areas would be where a roof line meets another roof line, soffit and eave area, soffit vents, ridge caps are plugged, plumbing stacks are screened,  roof vents (check the screens), gable vents (check the screens) if siding is loose in areas check behind the loose siding for holes. Remember squirrels are small so the hole maybe smaller then you think!
  2. When the inspection is complete you should know where the squirrels are coming and going from.
  3. Thorough inspection of the attic space, look for damage done to the attic such as chewed wiring, shredded insulation, debris (twigs, nuts, leaves), chewed duct work and depending on the time of year, you may need to look for a nest full of babies (when searching for a nest full of babies, (look at the edges of the attic).
  4. Seal all holes with steal, but the main hole.
  5. We use repeater traps mounted at the entry hole or one-way exclusion door traps mounted on the hole. (make sure you read how each trap works before you decide what trap is best for your situation, if babies are involved we have two choices wait until they are big enough to move around or we are able to remove them by hand. We think it is best to wait until they are big enough to move around)
  6. When we are sure that we have trapped and removed all the squirrel from the attic, we remove the trap and seal the hole with steel. (best way to know if you have removed all the animals is to stick a wade of paper in the hole if that paper has not been disturbed then you know that all squirrels are out)
  7. Clean-up the attic, when squirrels or other animals live in the attic space they use that space as a latrine, they will poop and urinate everywhere, leaving the space a potential heath risk to you and your family and a lure to other animals. It is recommended to clean-up, decontaminate and deodorize the attic. This might include removal of insulation that is heavily soiled.


DIY Squirrels in the house (Main living area)

You may wake up to a squirrel on the table or counter helping itself to a loaf of bread, don’t panic! Squirrels often enter homes through a chimney that has no cap on it and they find their way in via a fireplace or basement duct work, others may enter the home through a open window or a open door and sometimes they chew through a screen and gain access into the home. Remember the squirrel is just as afraid of you as you are of it. You have three choices.

  1.  Close off the room and open a door or window (you need to stay out of the room) and the squirrel should leave.
  2. Trapping (use a live trap, if you don’t have a live trap you can purchase one at home depot, most hardware stores and on line) Bait the trap with peanut butter and peanuts. (if you are thinking of relocating the trapped squirrel make sure you check the local laws on transporting and relocating) You are allowed to release the squirrel on your property. Make sure to wear heavy duty leather gloves when dealing with squirrel or any wild animal.
  3. Call a professional wildlife control company

Once the squirrel has been removed from the house, look for the entry way. Do you have a chimney cap installed on your chimney? Is the damper open in the fireplace? Is duct work in the basement secure? Did the squirrel chew through a screen to gain access into the home? Do you have any holes on the outside of your home? (from the foundation to the roof top) Remember if the squirrel did not get in from a open window or door then you must figure out how it was able to get into your home or it will happen again!


 DIY Trapping Squirrel Outside

Because of state and local laws on trap and release of wildlife, trapping squirrel is best conducted by a licensed nuisance wildlife control professional. If you choose to attempt to trap squirrels and to  relocate squirrels yourself, always:

  • Consult your local DNR or city first, You do not want to violate any laws
  • Know what kind of trap and what size of trap to use (make sure the trap is bigger then the squirrel we use live traps that are 18”x5”x5”)
  • Know what bait to use for your target animal (squirrels love peanut butter and nuts)
  • Observe the animal see where it lives and what it likes to eat and use that for bait
  • Wear heavy leather gloves (when dealing with wildlife)
  • Place your live trap near it’s home or where it feeds
  • When the squirrel is caught call a wildlife control company for pick up and to relocate
  • Always remember; if it is a warm day to try and set the trap in the shade, place a bowl of water in the cage and a animal is not to be left in a live trap more then 24 hours


Why Should I Hire A Wildlife Expert

Nuisance wildlife control is a specialty service, we are trained to handle, trap, exclude, remove and control all wildlife situations from the removal of animals from attics, crawl spaces, walls, garages, under decks,sheds. We are always climbing on steep roofs or are crawling around in tight places solving wildlife conflicts. We are trained in wildlife biology, wildlife behavior and wildlife control. Our line of work requires special licenses and insurance.

  • Professionals have the tools, traps of many varieties, devices, knowledge and experience to deal with most wildlife.
  • Have you had a rabies vaccine? Are you aware of wildlife diseases? Very important to know and have when you are working or dealing with wildlife!
  • Is it legal for you to transport and relocate wildlife? Is it legal for you to trap without a permit?
  • A professional wildlife control company will posses several ladders varying in different sizes and are experienced in ladder safety.
  • Most wildlife issues are not solved by trapping alone. What has attracted wildlife to your home or business? Have they found their way into your home or business and how are they getting inside? Knowing the answers to these questions is crucial to resolving your wildlife problems. Do you know how to repair the damage done to your home or business? Do you have the necessary equipment to clean up the mess they leave behind? Do you know the health risk associated with wildlife and how to protect your self from these diseases?





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