Recently, a homeowner in Hazlet, NJ, contacted our Cowleys to help her get rid of squirrels that had managed to access her attic. I spoke with her on the phone before arriving because I was told by the customer service rep that handled the incoming call that she was extremely upset and crying on the phone. All too often we forget the human element of infestations and the severe anxiety that they can cause. With a wildlife infestation in one’s home, everything else going on in your life takes a distant second. Many can’t function until the infestation is resolved. It is a true emergency. Here, she was concerned that the squirrels would chew or drop through the ceiling and enter the living area of the home. I assured her that we would resolve the problem and remove the squirrels before anything catastrophic happened.
I arrived to the home as soon as I could. Upon inspection of the inside of the attic and the exterior roof, I immediately found their entry point being used to gain access. To say this was an active infestation was an understatement. I actually observed a squirrel exiting the hole. They were not shy about going in and out of the home.
I set up a one-way door over the hole where I observed the squirrel. This hinged device allows the squirrels to exit, but it prevent their return. For these animals, it’s a one-way trip out of the house. I also secured three baited traps to the roof nearby the one-way, and sealed up the other potential entry points so the squirrels were limited to this one access. The set-up worked well. Within two hours, we already had our first catch. The best part of this job was seeing the customer’s smile and visible relief that a squirrel was captured and we were well on our way toward resolving this infestation. This homeowner deserved some quick results, and we were happy that the offending squirrel was out of the home and trapped so that it could be located to a more appropriate habitat.