Squirrels can be found virtually everywhere, except the most extreme climates on earth. As long as people have been building homes, they’ve had to deal with these peaceful but opportunistic rodents getting into their structures. When a squirrel enters your home, you might wonder how they did it – and with good reason: exclusion is one of the best methods of getting and keeping squirrels out of your home. Identifying their means of entry, usually an attic, means you can keep them from getting in again.
Is There a Squirrel in my Attic?
The signs of squirrels in your home are very similar to those you’d note if there were other rodents in your attic. Squirrels, rats and mice all gnaw on structures and produce a loud grinding or chewing noise. You might hear scratching or clawing at your ceilings and walls. The droppings of rodents are also very close in appearance. Because of this, you’ll want to enlist the help of a pest control professional to make sure you definitely have squirrels in your attic and not rats, mice or an entirely different creature.
Squirrel Damage in Attics
Although squirrels that find their way into your home aren’t likely to pose a direct threat to you or your family, they can transmit diseases and cause untold amounts of property damage. Because of their need to chew, they can damage the structure of your home leading to costly repairs. They aren’t discriminant in what they chew – everything from structural beams to electrical wires are fair game for squirrels. Their habits can lead to the need for emergency repairs to prevent collapse or fire. The droppings squirrels leave behind must be properly disposed of and the area sanitized, or you risk catching – among other things – typhus, tularemia, Hanta virus or leptospirosis.
Dealing with Squirrels in Your Attic
Getting – and keeping – squirrels out of your attic requires a multi-pronged approach for success. Identifying how they got in and how they’re leaving to find food and socialize is as important as removing the squirrels that have become your unwitting roommates. By finding and sealing up any holes, cracks and crevices they’re using, you’re making it harder for them to seek shelter in your home. And squirrels are all about the easy way: if they can’t enter your home, they’ll look for lodging elsewhere. Trimming branches of nearby trees so squirrels can’t climb or jump to your roof is also a great step.
Because many locations classify squirrels as game, you may need a permit to humanely trap and remove them from your home. This can complicate things and make it easier – and better – to consult with an expert from Critter Control as soon as you suspect squirrels in your attic.
How Critter Control Can Help
The wildlife professionals at Critter Control are experts in squirrel behavior. We can help you spot the spaces and places that squirrels are using to enter your attic and how best to exclude them from your home. We can also humanely, legally and safely remove them from your home. Because we’re committed to safe and humane pest control, we won’t exterminate your problem squirrels. Rather, we’ll help you remove them for an immediate fix and make your space inhospitable so the problem doesn’t repeat itself. Give us a call today at (574) 825-1079 to get started.