How to Remove a Squirrel that Fell Down the
Sometimes squirrels fall down walls. This
usually happens when squirrels are living in the
attic of a house, and they get too curious about
their new environment. Walls are hollow, and the
top often opens right into the attic space. If a
squirrel tries to climb down, it may find that
it has nothing to grab hold of, and it slips
down to the bottom. In nature a squirrel can
climb just about anything. However, many
human-made substances are too slick to climb.
This is why squirrels can get stuck at the
bottom of a metal flu chimney or a smooth
masonry chimney flu, or smooth drywall. Most
adult squirrels are smart enough to keep away
from the walls of a home. Most of the cases of a
squirrel stuck in a wall involve juvenile
This is really the only way to remove a dead
squirrel in the wall. You can't get rid of a
squirrel in the wall with any product, it must
be done manually. There's a slight chance it may
be accessible from the attic, but a wall is
usually 8 feet down, with limited space, and
oftentimes structural beams block access. In
most cases, I must cut a hole to remove the
animal. It's important to remove dead animals
not only because of the odor problem, but
because they can spread various disease
that people can get.
This is a photo of the wall. The person
living here heard noises scuffling down
in the wall - as well as distress calls.
The person didn't know what to do, (or
was lazy) and did nothing. The squirrel
struggled for a few days, and then died.
Soon, a strong odor developed, and that
was enough for the person to take
I sniffed around in the apartment and
found that the strong odor was indeed
coming from the area the occupant
described hearing the noises from. I
could tell the exact area by scent, and
cut a hole in the drywall. I use a
reciprocating saw, and place a towel
below to catch dust.
I stuck the camera in the wall and took
this photo. You can see the young
squirrel has died. It was at the age
when it was active and mobile, but not
yet wise in the ways of the world - and
down the wall it went!
I remove the squirrel from the wall and
place it in a biohazard bag.
Next, I spray the area with Bac-Azap,
which is an excellent deodorizer and
decontaminant in the case of dead
animals. You can't just spray this stuff
in the air to get rid of the smell, but
once you remove the animal, you can
spray the area to neutralize the stinky
residual odor and juices left behind.
After the animal is removed and the hole
sprayed, I replace the cut-out section
of drywall and use a special adhesive
drywall patch to hold it together.
Next, I spackle the area. It will dry to
the same white color. It can be sanded
and painted for an even better finish,
good as new.
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How To Get Live Squirrels Out Of Walls - You do
not want squirrels in your house, but out of all
the places where they can be you really do not
want them in your walls. The problem with
squirrels in the wall is that there is a chance
that they will not be able to get out. If the
squirrels become trapped in there without food
and water it is only a matter of time before
your home smells of dead squirrel and if that
ever happened to you then you know that is
something that you want to avoid at all cost. So
how do you get squirrels out of walls? You will
need to listen to the wall so that you can hear
where the squirrel is. Once you have located
where the sound is coming from you will want to
make a small hole in the bottom of the wall. The
hole should be big enough to place a trap so
that it will be easy to get the squirrel in. Do
not make the hole on the outside of your home
because that will just be an entry point for
other wildlife to come into your house. After
the squirrel is trapped, dispose of it outside,
preferably several miles away and fix the wall.
That is how to get squirrels out of walls.
How To Find A Dead Squirrel In The Wall - So you
are looking for information on how to find a
dead squirrel in the wall? If a squirrel has
died in your home it will not take you a long
time to realize it. The decay process will start
and you will start smelling it all over your
house. You can look for it using the sense that
deals with smell and it will not take long to
take you there. Unfortunately sometimes your
nose will take you to the wall, and when that
happens, you have to find where exactly the
squirrel is so that you can remove it. You
should be ready to fix the wall because you will
have to make a hole in it. The smell will guide
you to the correct wall; even if the room is
small the smell will be stronger in one of the
walls so it is important to focus. Once you have
found the right wall make sure that the squirrel
is at the bottom of the wall; that scenario is
the most likely be the one that you find,
however if there is a beam in the middle of the
wall as support the dead squirrel may be there.
You can tap around your wall to listen for
differences in the sound. Once you are certain
about the location, make the hole and remove the