One other animal that often needs to be removed is the squirrel. Humane Chicago squirrel removal, particularly from attics, involves the following steps, and those are trapping, exclusion, and repellents.
- First, to exclude them, you must patch up holes, cover spaces in which a squirrel can get through, place a wire mesh fence or chimney cap over your chimney, use wire mesh fencing to cover vents, patch up all chewed out holes except for one, secure any openings between attic and home, seal up remaining chewed up hole, create an exit by funneling out a sheet of metal or wire mesh, attach it to remaining hole, direct the narrow end outside, and then attract the squirrels out by placing food near the funnel’s mouth, although this may not be necessary.
- Secondly, if trapping them, you must set up a small live cage in a corner or other hidden area, positioning it in a way that triggers a swing bar mechanism, place appealing food inside that squirrels would eat, check the attic for any baby squirrels, move the squirrel roughly 10 miles away from your home after catching it, wear thick, heavy gloves when releasing squirrels, and leave the trap in the same corner or hidden area for at least another week until all squirrels are out while patching up any entrances.
- Finally, if using repellents, you must use a loud radio, preferably tuned to a talk station, a high decibel noise-producing ultrasonic repellent only audible to small animals, leave on a light or install flashing strobe lights, use chemical squirrel repellent that would give the scent of a predator to a squirrel, place ammonia-soaked rags around spots suspected to be squirrel habitats as the smell is so strong and pungent, or place mothballs around any areas of detected infestation.
To conclude, there are plenty of methods of removing wildlife, such as raccoons and squirrels, in Chicago. These are methods that may or may not work, but the most successful method is physical removal to at least 10 miles away from home using trapping equipment.