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.
Have you been outside in recent weeks and felt like there were a crazy amount of squirrels running around your yard, the parks, or darting across the roads? You may have even noticed an increase in squirrel roadkill. If so, you’re not alone and you’re not mistaken. Residents all over New England have been noticing a sudden surge in the squirrel population and there’s actually an ecological explanation for it. Here’s why:
Sudden Squirrel Surge
Fall of 2017 was a bumper crop year for acorns. If you have an oak tree in your yard, you may have noticed more acorns on the ground than usual. Bumper crop years happen about two out of every ten years and, during these years, there can be more than 250,000 acorns per acre as opposed to an average of 20,000 to 65,000.
This means that animals that survive on acorns, like squirrels and chipmunks, were able to really stock up last year, increase their fat reserves, and, in turn, improve their chances of survival over the winter months. Now, the squirrel population is high and this is the time of year when new litters are starting to venture out on their own in search of new territory and food.
Don’t be alarmed if you also start seeing more animals that prey on squirrels, such as foxes, fisher cats, hawks, and owls. Again, for these animals, more availability of food causes a population irruption.
Winter is Coming
Winter is coming, which means that this influx of squirrels will also be looking for someplace warm and cozy to spend the cold nights. Squirrels often take up residence inside attics via roof vents, chimneys, and roof edges. Once inside, they will build nests, create messes, make a lot of noise, and even chew on electrical wires.
We at Freedom Pest Control can help you ensure that your home is protected against squirrels and we are experts at squirrel removal. Please contact us today at 1-877-PESTS-55 for more information!
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