It’s spring time which means that homeowners should be on the lookout for squirrels that may be nesting in attics. If you’re hearing scampering up above, it is very likely that a female squirrel has built her nest in your attic. Female squirrels will build their nests near openings such as roof vents, roof edges, roof soffit intersections, wall vents, chimneys, and plumbing mats. Female squirrels give birth to a litter sometime in the spring, starting in March and continuing through the month of June.
A squirrel infestation is an issue for many reasons. Squirrels may do damage as gnaw on electrical wires and wooden boards. They also create a mess with droppings and urine, and can produce a great deal of noise, especially if they have gotten trapped in wall cavities.
Below are some steps to take if you have squirrels in your attic:
- Inspect your attic for entry points to identify how they may be getting in. While up there, check for signs of damage such as holes in siding, vents, and roof soffits as well as damaged insulation or chewed wires.
- Try to identify if it is a female squirrel with her young. A telltale sign is a nest made of found materials like cardboard, leaves, and insulation. If a nest is found at this time of year, you can be sure that babies are present as well.
- You may be able to scare the squirrels out with loud noises or bright lights. However, if this doesn’t work (since it is likely they will return, please call your local pest control professional. They will be able to take steps to remove them permanently.
- Once the squirrels are no longer living in your attic, be sure to repair any holes that may offer entry and install metal flashing to keep them from reentering through open access points.