Squirrels in attics can be a real headache! Our calendar says there is still a way to go until Spring arrives but to a female squirrel, her biological calendar says Spring has arrived. Its now time to find a safe place to have her babies. If you are hearing scurrying in your attic, chances are one of your neighborhood squirrels has chosen your attic to nest and reproduce in. If you are hearing noises in the attic, you have a week to 10 days to have her trapped before she gives birth to 2-4 baby squirrels. The wildlife removal process then becomes more challenging since the babies do not leave the attic until they are weaned. After babies are born, a wildlife control operator will need to trap the mother squirrel(s) and then do a manual extraction of the baby squirrels. This can be much more difficult since the mother squirrel will often nest in the soffit box or another difficult location to access to keep her babies safe.
As a wildlife control operator with 20 years of experience, I have seen squirrels cause serious damage to homes and businesses in and around the Charleston area. Like all rodents, grey squirrels chew 90% of their waking hours. It is biologically innate for a squirrel to constantly chew since a rodent’s teeth grow inches every year. Squirrels will gain access to your attic by sitting in gutters and chewing out the roofline. They will find a small builder’s gap in an eave to chew a larger opening or chew through the screen in a gable vent for entry. As a wildlife control operator, I have seen grey squirrels chew through metal flashing, shingles and then roof decking to get into an attic. Once squirrels are in the attic, they will chew AC lines, water lines, ductwork, trusses, and anything else that helps keep their teeth ground down. Squirrels in the attic can result in thousands of dollars in damage that homeowner’s insurance will not cover.
Adult and baby squirrels alike are cute, industrious, and fun to watch when running around in the yard. However, when you have squirrels on your roof and in your attic, they will do damage to the structure. Squirrels cause millions of dollars in damage across the country every year. Short story is you don’t want squirrels in your attic!
There are things you can do around your home or business to prevent having a squirrel problem.
One recommendation a good wildlife control operator will make is to keep your tree limbs, shrubs, bushes, and vines off the structure. Make sure and and cut them back 8’-10’ from the rooflines.
As a professional wildlife control operator another thing I always tell my clients, to prevent a squirrel invasion, is to remove bird seed from the yard. I recommend they put them as far away from the structure as possible to hopefully keep squirrels at bay. If you provide grey squirrels with a food source, then eventually they may take up residence in your attic.
If you are hearing noises in the attic and the noises occur from six in the morning up until six o’clock at night, then you may have squirrels in your attic with babies soon to follow. Left unchecked, the mother squirrel and the female baby squirrels will return in the Fall or next Spring to reproduce. This is an engrained behavior pattern. You need an experienced wildlife control operator, like Feather Fighters Wildlife Removal. We will professionally remediate your squirrel problem before you end up with thousands of dollars in squirrel damage. At Feather Fighters Wildlife Removal, we have proven methods to effectively solve any squirrel problem and we guarantee our results. As pro wildlife control operators, we will trap the problem squirrels. We manually extract the babies, and get them to a wildlife rehabber. Then we make recommendations for animal proofing the structure and odor remediation so you never have another squirrel problem or any other wildlife control issue.
For squirrels in the attic or any other nuisance wildlife issue, call Feather Fighters Wildlife removal today for a comprehensive assessment with a detailed quote for remediation