Squirrels are on the move this time of year, which gives them extra incentive to take (unwanted) shelter in your home. Naturally, squirrels are driven by their biological urges to eat, drink, mate, nest and explore. As temperatures begin to drop in late fall, squirrel activity increases along with the search for food and a place to store it for the coming winter.
How Do I know if I Have Squirrels in My Home?
If you hear noises coming from your attic that mimic chirping, scratching, banging or jumping, they might be signs of a squirrel infestation. Squirrel activity can resemble those of other rodents such as rats and mice, but there are a few distinct characteristics unique to squirrels.
- Noises: Noises made by squirrels are primarily heard during daylight hours because squirrels are active during the day and sleeping at night. Squirrels are significantly bigger than rats or mice, and therefore create a louder presence when moving about.
- Nests: Squirrels tend to build larger, shapeless nests out of a variety of materials, whereas rats and mice build smooth or rounded burrows.
- Droppings: Dropping color and shape can be a sure indicator of which rodent may be living in your home. Squirrel droppings have a brown or reddish tint and are rounded, while rat and mice droppings are dark brown or black with pointy edges.
How Do Squirrels Get in My Home?
Squirrels can run along power lines, jump from tree branches or climb rain gutters to gain access to the roof of your house. The most common entry points for squirrels are soffit edges, roof vents, gable vents and wall vents.
Because squirrels are rodents, they need to gnaw on hard surfaces to sharpen their constantly growing teeth. Squirrels will chew through insulation, drywall and plywood, and can create an entry point as small as half an inch.
How Do I Prevent Squirrel Infestations?
A squirrel’s impulse to explore is how they become an unwanted guest in your home. Inspecting and maintaining areas such as soffit edges, roof vents, gable vents and wall vents on a regular basis can decrease the chance of squirrels entering your home.
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