How to Get Rid of Critters Using … Urine?

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Squirrels are really crafty creatures.  They manage to get into some pretty tight places.  Here in Memphis, and I am sure in other places as well, they really love to get into attics and crawl spaces.  And I am here to tell you, nothing freaks a tenant out more than hearing the pitter patter of little feet up in the ceiling.

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So What do You Do? 

First, try and find out where they are getting in and seal it up.  Sometimes it is easy to find as they have chewed a hole right through the eaves.  Other times you may never find the access point.  I once had some critters in my house and I never did find out where they were getting in.

Then What?

You can hire an exterminator to come out and trap and remove them, but exterminators can be expensive and once the critters are back outside they usually will find their way back in.

You can put out some poison.  This may eliminate your critter problem.  But it may also create another one.  Critters really smell bad once they die behind a wall, especially if it is summer time.  It may take weeks for the smell to fully go away.

A Simpler Solution

I have found another solution and it is located at your local hunting goods store.  No, it is not a .38 revolver but fox urine.  Fox urine comes in a little spray bottle and it costs about 5 bucks.  Hunters use it to disguise their scent when they are out in the woods.

I use it to trick the squirrels or other critters into thinking there is something higher up on the food chain in the attic.  They smell the urine, they leave and do not come back.

Simply wear some rubber gloves, spray some urine on some cotton balls and throw them around the area you hear them in.  The scent is imperceptible to humans, so don’t worry about that.

9 times out of 10 this fox urine will work.  It is cheap and easy and it solves the problem.  I wish all my landlording problems were this easy to solve.

Photo: Mr. T in DC

About Author

Kevin Perk

Kevin Perk is co-founder of Kevron Properties, LLC with his wife Terron and has been involved in real estate investing for 10 years. Kevin invests in and manages rental properties in Memphis, TN and is a past president and vice-president of the local REIA group, the Memphis Investors Group.


  1. Glenn Schworm

    Kevin, I am LMAO as I read this post about fox urine. My Dad, whom I adore, is a life long trapper. I never took after him in the respect. He is now a nuisance trapper so after 70 years he finally gets paid for his hobby! Anyways when we grew up he was an avid fox trapper and we even had a fox in a cage out back for a few years just so he could collect the urine as it was like $75/gallon back then. I must say of all the reading I have done on this blog, this one really hit home! I can still smell our backyard in my memory and hear my mom getting mad at Dad for having it there! It is a really good idea though so thanks for the post! I am still LOL.

    • Kevin Perk


      LOL! I knew somebody had to collect that stuff 🙂

      All I know is that it gets rid of the critters and the amount used is so small that I do not notice any smell.

      It is a cheap and easy solution.

      Thanks for reading and the comment,


  2. Jolene Petrosky on

    This reminds me of a hilarious story I had a teacher tell me once, when he had javelinas invading his property. I guess they can be pretty nasty when they’re ticked off. Anywho, he was thinking how nature would take care of this problem, and it would be by animals marking their territory. So my teacher had save up his urine for a week or so, and decided to attach a bottle of it to his gardening hose. He wanted the javelinas to think he was a BIG creature, so he even started spraying it high up into the trees. As he was doing this, a javelina actually came behind him, not looking too happy. My teacher started to panic and then he turned the gardening hose on the creature and sprayed his urine all over it. This obviously scared the heck outta the creature and it ran away. After that, my teacher never had a problem with the javelinas hanging out on his property. My whole class was laughing up a storm to this. But yes… I do believe this will work. Thanks for sharing!

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