Is the noise of squirrels in your attic driving you nuts? Here in the northeast, it is common for gray squirrels, red squirrels, and flying squirrels to take up residence in your attic. Squirrels will often make their way into your attic, especially during the cold months, through roof vents, roof edges, roof soffit intersections, wall vents, chimneys, and plumbing mats. Squirrels may do damage as they search for these points of entry and, once inside, they will build nests, create a mess with droppings and urine, and can produce a great deal of noise.
Female squirrels give birth to a litter sometime in the spring, starting in March and continuing through the month of June. Therefore, it is especially important to address a squirrel infestation during this time of year before the number of squirrels in your attic multiplies.
Below are six signs that you might have squirrels in your attic:
- Noises – listen for the sounds of scratching, rustling, and chewing early in the morning and during the evening
- Smell – droppings and urine will begin to emit a very unpleasant smell and the nest may release a musty odor
- Nests – squirrels will often build more than one
- Damage – be on the lookout for holes in siding, vents, and roof soffits as well as damaged insulation or chewed wires
- Squirrel Activity – check for an increase in squirrels and squirrel activity in your yard and around your home
- Droppings – although hard to distinguish from the droppings of other animals, finding droppings in or around your home, coupled with these other signs, is a good indicator of squirrels