How Do You Know If You Have A Squirrel In Your Attic?
North American is full of squirrels. Look around the next time you
are at a park, or on a walk. It doesn’t have to be in a forest, the
neighborhood is full of them too. And they all have to live
somewhere, just not in your attic.
So how do you know if squirrels have taken up residence? There are
several signs that will tip you off and sounds in the attic are your
first clue. Squirrels are active during the day, so if the sounds
are made then, chances are you have squirrels. If they are nighttime
sounds, it is more likely to be a raccoon or other rodent.
Another sign is smells. If squirrels have inhabited your attic for a
while, the smell of their urine and feces will eventually find its
way into your home. Just hope the smell doesn’t get exponentially
worse. That could indicate a squirrel has died and it must be found.
If you go into the attic and find bits and pieces of materials, such
as leaves, twigs, paper and insulation, chances are that a female
squirrel is raising her young. If repairs to the property are not
performed, the squirrel will keep coming back for her next litter,
and the next, and the next.
Now that you have established an unwanted tenant, what should you
do? Remember, squirrels are rodents, so they need to chew to keep
the constantly growing incisors in check. This means that they will
chew on wiring, insulation around water pipes, wood and sometimes,
even through drywall. This will cause significant damage to your
The best thing to do is hire a professional to deal with the little
family. They know the latest technology on how to humanely trap the
animals and how to decontaminate your attic. Decontamination is
important for two reasons: one, this is the only way to get rid of
the possible parasites in squirrel feces and urine that can make you
sick; and two, the smell left behind can attract other animals to
your attic, causing the same problem with a different unwanted
You can also install one-way doors on the places they use to get in
and out of. A word of caution though; if you don’t repair places
around your roof to make them chew-proof, the squirrel will only
chew its way back in. They will just use a different place.
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