Case Studies

Wildlife Removal Case Studies: Squirrels Chew Through Soffit in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 by Stephon Bond

Challenge

Recently, I went on a service call for a homeowner in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ who was complaining of squirrels in her attic. How did she know it was squirrels in her attic and not birds or raccoons? As she was sitting down in her living room, casually staring out the window she saw two squirrels climb up her drainage pipe and go right into her soffit! 

I began my inspection along the exterior of her home and immediately identified the access point. There was a chewed out hole in her soffit that was the perfect size for a squirrel. Squirrels in the attic pose a serious threat to homeowners. There are lots of essential wires in your attic that squirrels will love to chew on and rotting excrement can cause lots of health hazards to your family. Additionally, once squirrels make a hole in your soffit and/or roof you are much more vulnerable to damage from water leaks and flooding.

Solution

First, I set-up a one-way exclusion device in front of the main access point and placed aluminum tape to the end of the trap. A one-way exclusion device allows a critter to safely exit the home but prevents them from getting back in. The aluminum tape is used to monitor the squirrels passing through the one-way door. As an added measure, I set-up three placement traps on the roof.

Within a short amount of time, the squirrels were safely caught. Now I can relocate the squirrels to a safe location. The homeowner told me that since her husband is a roofer, he will replace the hole in the soffit. Now the property is squirrel-free!