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    LESLIE: Time to chat with Mary Anne in New York about some unwanted squirrels. Are they in your house? Where are they exactly?

     
    MARYANN: Well, it’s my daughter. She loosened the aluminum siding from her home and – she loosed a portion of it – and saw the babies between the aluminum siding and the plywood.

    TOM: Aw.

    MARYANN: And then she noticed a chewed hole that was there.

    TOM: And you felt really bad about kicking them out.

    MARYANN: Well, she knew that she couldn’t do that. (chuckles) But she’s desperate to get rid of them. So now she can hear them from inside the house. They’re between the sheetrock and the plywood.

    TOM: Wow.

    LESLIE: And shortly they will be in the house.

    TOM: Yeah.

    MARYANN: Did you say they would be?

    TOM: Well, they can eat through the drywall pretty easily.

    MARYANN: Oh, my.

    TOM: (chuckling) Faster than they could eat through the aluminum siding.

    MARYANN: OK.

    TOM: Well, do you have an opening where they can actually get out; on the outside of the house?

    MARYANN: Yes, it’s probably – the hole that she did see that was chewed on underneath the siding.

    TOM: So what you need to do is you need to create sort of a flap entry there; sort of a one-way entry – you can do that just with some wire mesh – so that the squirrels can get out but they can’t get back in again.

    MARYANN: OK.

    TOM: What I would do is on the outside of that area I would put food and a Havahart trap and what you want to do with that is you want to wire it – take like a piece of heavy wire and almost like rope the fruit to the bottom of the trap …

    MARYANN: Yes.

    TOM: … and put it right outside that hole and I think you’ll trap them one at a time.

    MARYANN: OK.

    TOM: And then you can drive them away and, you know, drop them out in the woods somewhere.

    MARYANN: Alright, thank you very much.

    TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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