How One-Way-Door Traps Work For Squirrel Removal

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August 5, 2015
Categories: Squirrels

Our Maryland squirrel removal specialists have evicted hundreds of squirrels from homes in Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Edgewater and throughout Maryland. We have found that one-way-door traps work best for squirrel removal and allow for humane resolution of the homeowner/wildlife conflict. Today, we’ll show you how these trap doors work, but first let’s take a look at the type of damage squirrels can cause to your home.

Roof Damage From Grey Squirrels

The photos below show various entry points created by the gray squirrels to access the attic. On the far right photo, you can see that the homeowner attempted to fix the hole underneath the gutter by installing thin chicken wire. It a quick and commonly used fix we encounter frequently, but it often ends up causing even more problems.

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In this particular case, the homeowner didn’t make sure that squirrels were out of the attic when he installed the wire. When the squirrel realized it was trapped, it panicked and started digging a hole in the sheet rock ceiling in an attempt to get out of the attic. Once the squirrel heard humans below, it stopped the digging and focused on the chicken wire. Needless to say, this mesh was no match for squirrel’s teeth and was chewed through and ripped off rather quickly.

One-Way-Door Traps for Squirrel Removal

This is a photo of a hole that eastern gray squirrels chewed through so they can live in the attic. The “cage” over the hole is called a one-way-door trap. It allows the squirrels to exit the hole it made, but doesn’t allow it back in.

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As you can see from the picture, it’s made of thick, durable metal that squirrels can’t chew through. After all the gray squirrels are trapped and removed from an attic, the trap is removed and the entry points are repaired. The materials used to seal up or repair the holes should be squirrel-proof. For example, this hole would be repaired with wood wrapped in aluminum flashing to prevent other squirrels from entering that area.

You are probably wondering why we use squirrel-proof materials if we trapped the squirrels that were there causing the damage? The reason is because the squirrels that were denning in the attic most likely urinated all over the attic and roof (marking their territory), which leaves behind scent pheromones that can attract other squirrels. The longer the squirrels are living in the attic, the higher the likelihood that you may have to have the attic cleaned out and re-insulated to prevent other squirrels from moving in and causing more damage.

Have other questions about squirrel removal or simply want the nuisance critter gone? Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for squirrel removal in Maryland.

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