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Forum topic by MrRon posted 03-18-2013 08:54 PM 521 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2013 08:54 PM

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My shop is 1200sf with a 10’ high ceiling. The roof is a truss with metal roofing. Critters have gotten into the space above the ceiling and are doing damage to the insulation and I’m afraid they could be feasting on the wiring. I don’t know if they are squirrels, rats or something else. They sound like they are running, not scampering or hopping. How can I deal with this unknown pest. I don’t want to put traps up there or poison bait. I caught a glimpse of one and it seemed to be quite large, possibly a possum. I’ve thought about a repellent made from jalaipenio peppers, onion and cayene, boiled and put in a spray bottle, but I don’t know how effective this is. Any other ideas?

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 10:31 PM you have animal control ?.....I had a raccoon get into my attic in my house while I was away on a long three day weekend….It wasn’t good…It got in by climbing up the side of my house, chewed through the screen in the attic window, and made its home there. When I got home immediately I heard what I thought was a stampede in the attic above the kitchen. I have an older house (circa 1940’s) and original built in kitchen cabinets. The raccoon tried to chew through the plaster ceiling and get into one of the kitchen cabinets. I called animal control. While animal control was entering my attic he seen with his flashlight the raccoon escape through the attic window, and I seen it climb down the siding….. I had to replace the screen to the window, and put the storm window back in . Now I leave it in all year. Also, I had to clean out the cabinet (bits of plaster and insulation), and repair the ceiling….It sounds crazy…but it happened

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 10:37 PM

Do you know where they are coming in? A lot of times animal control will make a one-way-door out of mesh and put it around the entry point. They can get out but not back in. Once you know they are all out you can permanently seal the opening.

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