Where I live the downstairs unit has an enclosed screened-in porch with a deck above it for the upstairs unit. Between the porch roof and deck is an enclosed area covered by wood boards. Squirrels like to make a hole in the wood boards and make a nest in the enclosed area. From there they could make a hole going into our building and move into the crawl spaces or attic. Once inside a bldng they can chew insulation, dry wall, pipes, or wiring which creates a fire hazard. So this is potentially a serious problem.
We have tried using traps from a pest control company to remove the squirrels. However, after the problem squirrel is removed new squirrels arrive to take over the nest or territory and create the same problem. Traps haven't been effective and are costly. We tried installing a one-way screen over a squirrel hole where the squirrels can get out but can't get back in. However, the squirrels just dug another hole. I've researched it on the internet and they say there is no effective poison or repellent. We don't allow bird feeders on our grounds so that is not attracting them.
Is there any good solution to the squirrel problem to permanently remove them? I see squirrels a lot of places in the Madison area so I suspect many homes and apartments have problems with them. Seems like people would have figured out a way to outsmart the squirrels by now. Here is an article about the problems:http://www.pestexterminatenow.com/Squir ... ntrol.html
These are a few of the Hazards created by Squirrels in the home:
* Cause damage by invading our attics
* Chew through electrical wires creating the potential for a house fire
* Chew through fascias and gutterings, causing leaks and further damage
* Damage insulation reducing the thermal efficiency of the home
* Chew through water pipes creating water damage
* Create a general mess and damage of stored goods
* Create a smell and unhygienic conditions in the home