Squirrels in the Attic
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got James who’s got some unwanted visitors in the attic that won’t seem to go away. James, why are you making it so cozy for those squirrels?
JAMES: I don’t know but they keep coming back. I’ve tried everything from live traps to snap traps. I don’t know what else to do because I cover up one hole and then they make a new hole. So, how can I get rid of them? (chuckles)
TOM: Have you tried asking nicely?
JAMES: I have tried that (Tom chuckles) and I’ve even tried screaming at them. A friend of mine once said – she told me I could use a shotgun on them but (Leslie and Tom chuckle) that’s more [inaudible at 0:05:28.2] than I want to use.
TOM: Well, I tell you what. I have had good success with Havahart traps and – but I’ll give you a couple of tricks of the trade. If you use a Havahart trap, what you want to do is you want to put a piece of fruit towards like the back of the trapped area and the piece of fruit has to be hardwired into the cage. So I’ll take a stiff piece of wire and thread it through an apple and then tie it off to the side of the cage so that they can’t sort of bat it around.
LESLIE: Take it and run.
TOM: Take it and run, right. They’ve got to kind of pull it and work on it for a while and that leaves them in the cage long enough to hit the trap pedal and catch them.
JAMES: Oh, OK.
TOM: Do you have a Havahart trap?
JAMES: Yeah, I have one of those. I kind of see them around it and they don’t do it.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah. No, you need a piece of fruit.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Try it that way and I think you will find that they won’t be quite as tricky.
JAMES: OK. Cool.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.