How do I know if there are baby squirrels in the attic?
Are you hearing noises like scratching and skittering over your head? You might need to check your attic for a squirrels nest. It sounds like a squirrel has picked your attic for a nursery. There are a number of ways to check for baby squirrels. Watch the exterior of your house and see if grown squirrels are accessing your attic carrying in food. Squirrels normally prefer to eat outside, but will carry in food for their babies. Carefully searching your attic for the nest is the most accurate way to be sure. Other ways are to attempt to trap the female and check her for nipples, or Smell around for a strong urine odor in your attic area. But Before six weeks of age, you will probably only hear high pitched noises from the babies. After six or seven weeks of age you will hear them running around your attic.
If squirrel activity around your house makes you believe you do have nest in your attic, it may not be easy to spot at first. Remember squirrels like hollow trees, rock overhangs and other secluded spots. They chose your attic because it was close to a readily available source of food and water, but more importantly, they felt safe from predators and the elements while nesting there. Finding the nest may take some diligence on your part. You may need to look through boxes or deep inside insulation to locate the nest.
If you do determine that you have a nest of baby squirrels, you must now plot your next course of action. Killing them is not a wise decision. No poisons on the market are designed specifically to kill squirrels and babies less than six weeks of age still nurse. Traps are not practical either since young squirrels don’t leave the nest so they won’t wander into a trap. The smartest thing to do is to contact an animal removal specialist. These professionals will take care of everything for you. They can remove the whole family safely and quickly, and give you tips to avoid reinfestation.
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