When it comes to squirrel control and a successful removal job, as a homeowner, it’s a good idea to get to know what a squirrel hole looks like. Understanding what to look for can go a long way in helping you determine whether you need to call in the professionals. If you do have squirrels in your attic, it's imperative you act quickly before significant damage is done.
In the following video, you can see how easily squirrels chew through even metal to gain entry into your home. As the colder weather approaches, squirrels become much more active. Their survival instincts kick in and they aggressively search out a viable shelter for the winter months. Have a look at the video below:
Once you have determined that you do in fact have squirrels gaining access to your home, it is important you do not compound the issues by trying your hand at wildlife prevention. Contact a professional. Attempting to resolve the issue yourself will most likely end with additional headaches and expenses. There is a reason professional outfits exist in every community to deal with these types of scenarios.
Once you have discovered an entry point, it may seem simple; plug up the hole and make sure it can't back in, right? Wrong, this will lead to one of several expensive and damaging outcomes. either the animal will thrash around up there, chewing and scratching and damaging stuff until it can break out. Or, it will perish in there, creating an unsanitary mess and horrible stench. Do yourself a favor, when dealing with the removal of wildlife, leave it to trained technicians.
Although squirrels are beautiful creatures and can even be quite friendly at times, harboring them in your home is generally a bad idea. If you don’t believe me, see what happened to this home (link) when they left a squirrel to live in their attic for almost ten years and did nothing to rectify the problem.
This home owner’s problem got so bad that even the local news company CHCH profiled the home and the considerable damage that was caused because of the problem.
What are other signs of squirrels living in an attic?
There are quite a few signs you can look out for when determining if you have a squirrel problem, but you must be aware that these signs can also apply to other types of wildlife like raccoons and mice. Typically these 3 animal groups can produce very similar signs of their presence, so it’s going to take the expertise of a local wildlife removal company to make an accurate determination, this of course if you haven’t actually seen the animal in question.
Here are some of the common signs:
- holes on the outside or inside of your home of which one can easily tell were created by wildlife
- ripped, destroyed or exposed attic insulation which occurs when wildlife shred the insulation in order to use as a part of their nests
- electrical issues throughout your home may be caused by chewed out wires in your attic or somewhere in the walls of your home
- wood chips scattered across your attic from the animals chewing holes throughout
- moisture (urine and feces) seeping through your attic floor and visible on the ceiling
- noises of scattering in your attic or walls, especially late at night
- you observe strange reactions and behaviors by your pets who can hear or sense the animal’s presence in your home
These are the common signs that a homeowner can look out for. There a few other indicators but unless you’re experienced in the field of wildlife removal you probably won’t be able to notice them. This is where the professionals come into play.
Squirrel removal can be a simple and noninvasive process when done by trained professionals. Of course, the exact opposite is true often times when attempted by an untrained homeowner. However tempting it may be to try and save a few bucks and learn a few new tricks, don't risk further damage to your home.