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Squirrels in Attic – Virginia Requires Euthanization?
  • cleveland October 1, 2012 - 1:41 pm #57181 Reply

    Recently discovered we have a family of squirrels living in the attic of our condo/townhome. Ive contacted a few companies for removal and repair but they all require the animals to be euthanized . The companies Ive contacted claim that Virginia requires all wildlife that is trapped to be euthanized. Does anyone know if this is true?

    The family consists of 2 babies from what I can tell. There seems to be a total of 4 that come and go.

    Any recommendations of a company/service that will trap and release in Arlington? I really enjoy having the squirrels around the neighborhood, I just need them out of the attic so euthanizing seems really severe.

    newty25 October 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm #57182 Reply

    cleveland said:

    Recently discovered we have a family of squirrels living in the attic of our condo/townhome. Ive contacted a few companies for removal and repair but they all require the animals to be euthanized . The companies Ive contacted claim that Virginia requires all wildlife that is trapped to be euthanized. Does anyone know if this is true?

    The family consists of 2 babies from what I can tell. There seems to be a total of 4 that come and go.

    Any recommendations of a company/service that will trap and release in Arlington? I really enjoy having the squirrels around the neighborhood, I just need them out of the attic so euthanizing seems really severe.

    I don't know why, but I'm reminded of Snakes on a Plane as I'm reading this.

    contractor October 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm #57183 Reply

    I've heard that too.

    I think you can install special doors that allow squirrels to leave but not get back in. Wouldn't work if they have babies though – they'd starve. So you can only do it in certain seasons.

    Arlingtoon October 1, 2012 - 2:49 pm #57184 Reply

    I don't know how well this works, but I've been told that they don't like the smell of moth balls.  If you're able to get several into their nest they may leave voluntarily.

    Captain_Obvious October 1, 2012 - 3:10 pm #57185 Reply

    I think some special tiny instruments can be ordered to save the squirrels.  Remember to keep the tail elevated. 

    DynaFlash 8 October 1, 2012 - 3:29 pm #57186 Reply

    Arlingtoon said:

    I don't know how well this works, but I've been told that they don't like the smell of moth balls.  If you're able to get several into their nest they may leave voluntarily.

     

     

    I can understand that.  I think only Mrs Moth appreciates the smell of moth balls.

    Chris Slatt October 1, 2012 - 4:28 pm #57187 Reply

    You may want to talk to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

     

    cleveland said:

    Recently discovered we have a family of squirrels living in the attic of our condo/townhome. Ive contacted a few companies for removal and repair but they all require the animals to be euthanized . The companies Ive contacted claim that Virginia requires all wildlife that is trapped to be euthanized. Does anyone know if this is true?

     

    johnny b October 1, 2012 - 5:38 pm #57188 Reply

    When I had racoons in the house, the county pointed me to the AWLA….this is what I was told:

    Racoons are nocturnal, only active at night, so I should find the hole they came into the house thru and plug it while the racoons are out. When I asked 'what if only the parents go out at night and leave the babies, they would then starve?'

    AWLA then advised me to only plug the hole when I was sure all were outside.

    'OK, do you have a trap I could use?'

    'Why yes we do. $50 deposit….BUT you can only use it OUTSIDE of your home, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9AM TO 5PM.'

    'But you just told me racoons are only active at night!'

    'Sorry, that's the rules.'

     

    Moral: just take care of it yourself!

     

    PS…I ended up borrowing a Hav-a-heart trap, catching the whole family inside my house, and relocating them to a nice wooded area near the river. Smile

    newty25 October 1, 2012 - 7:03 pm #57189 Reply

    johnny b said:

    When I had racoons in the house, the county pointed me to the AWLA….this is what I was told:

    Racoons are nocturnal, only active at night, so I should find the hole they came into the house thru and plug it while the racoons are out. When I asked 'what if only the parents go out at night and leave the babies, they would then starve?'

    AWLA then advised me to only plug the hole when I was sure all were outside.

    'OK, do you have a trap I could use?'

    'Why yes we do. $50 deposit….BUT you can only use it OUTSIDE of your home, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9AM TO 5PM.'

    'But you just told me racoons are only active at night!'

    'Sorry, that's the rules.'

     

    Moral: just take care of it yourself!

     

    PS…I ended up borrowing a Hav-a-heart trap, catching the whole family inside my house, and relocating them to a nice wooded area near the river. Smile

    LOL! I blame the Republicans for only allowing those nocturnal traps to be used during the day.

    Arlington Cat October 1, 2012 - 7:54 pm #57190 Reply

    newty25 said:

    johnny b said:

    When I had racoons in the house, the county pointed me to the AWLA….this is what I was told:

    Racoons are nocturnal, only active at night, so I should find the hole they came into the house thru and plug it while the racoons are out. When I asked 'what if only the parents go out at night and leave the babies, they would then starve?'

    AWLA then advised me to only plug the hole when I was sure all were outside.

    'OK, do you have a trap I could use?'

    'Why yes we do. $50 deposit….BUT you can only use it OUTSIDE of your home, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9AM TO 5PM.'

    'But you just told me racoons are only active at night!'

    'Sorry, that's the rules.'

     

    Moral: just take care of it yourself!

     

    PS…I ended up borrowing a Hav-a-heart trap, catching the whole family inside my house, and relocating them to a nice wooded area near the river. Smile

    LOL! I blame the Republicans for only allowing those nocturnal traps to be used during the da

     

    You were surprized the AWLA screwed things up and presented misinformation?  

    spaghetti October 1, 2012 - 10:26 pm #57191 Reply

    Mothballs worked when I had squirrels in my attic. Drove them away and they never came back.

    Rick October 1, 2012 - 10:57 pm #57192 Reply

    Captain_Obvious said:

    I think some special tiny instruments can be ordered to save the squirrels.  Remember to keep the tail elevated. 

    They're flying the instruments in from San Antonio as we speak.

    Captain_Obvious October 2, 2012 - 10:06 am #57193 Reply

    Rick said:

    Captain_Obvious said:

    I think some special tiny instruments can be ordered to save the squirrels.  Remember to keep the tail elevated. 

    They're flying the instruments in from San Antonio as we speak.

    Awesome, now we just gotta keep the hawks away while on the Merv Griffin set…

    johnny b October 2, 2012 - 2:29 pm #57194 Reply

    newty25 said:

    LOL! I blame the Republicans for only allowing those nocturnal traps to be used during the day.

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    Nope, ain’t been no Republicans makin rules here fer thirty years…

    Those silly rules are just part of “The Arlington Way”   Surprised  Laugh

    lavalamp388 October 2, 2012 - 2:47 pm #57195 Reply

    I don't know who gave you that information at AWLA but you should always ask to speak with an Animal Control Officer. If you have animals in your attic Animal Control will refer you to Humane Wildlife Services which is run out of the Humane Society of the US. They are the most humane trapping company out there… 1-866-948-6263

     

    PS It's illegal to relocate wildlife in VA

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