Animals are wonderful things. They can bring joy to so many people, both watching them in the wild and owning them as pets. However, when an animal comes into your home unexpectedly, the result is much different.
Squirrels often will sneak into attics in the winter and spring months to have their young. Tree squirrels can have two litters a year. Young are born without fur and aren’t ready to leave the nest for at least a month and a half. By the time two months pass, baby squirrels are typically weaned and on their own.
A family of squirrels in your attic can cause a nuisance, damage your house, and potentially spread diseases.
Squirrel Nest in the Attic
Squirrels are well known for nesting in attics, as they provide a safe hideaway for squirrels to raise their young. The inside of an attic is also full of things for them to nibble and sharpen their ever-growing teeth on, like wood and insulation. When a squirrel chews the insulation on electrical wiring, the possibility of a house fire arises. Squirrels enter attics through crevices, gaps, and cracks in soffits, fascia boards, and eaves, or open vents or broken shingles in the roof. Once squirrels reach the attic, they have free reign of the house.
How Not to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
When confronted with squirrels in your attic, you may think it is a good idea to leave poison up there. While this may seem like an easy, no-hassle solution, this is actually a terrible idea. The squirrel young won’t be able to move around to get to the poison, so it would only affect the mother and potentially others in your household. Without the mother, the babies will die of starvation. Dead squirrels will decompose in your attic, and you may not be able to find them or get to the bodies, so you could have horrible smells and even bacteria in your house.
You also might think that you need to seal your home as soon as possible before more squirrels can use your attic as a birthing space. But, this will simply trap the existing squirrel babies and potentially the mother inside, leaving them all to die of starvation. This will have similar results with bad odors and decomposition like the poisoning method. Even if the mother was not trapped inside, she will simply chew another hole somewhere to get in to her babies.
Squirrel repellents do not provide a long-term squirrel control solution. Mothballs are dangerous. Bright lights will initially scare the squirrels away, but eventually, they will grow used to them.
How Critter Control Gets Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
The best and safest way to remove squirrels from your attic is by calling the experts at Critter Control. We’ll use a combination of one-way doors or live traps to remove the squirrel.
Once the squirrels are safely removed, we identify and seal all entry points to prevent future squirrel infestations. Squirrel exclusions are the most effective, long-term solution to a squirrel problem.
At Critter Control®, we have decades of squirrel trapping knowledge and we use only the most efficient and humane removal methods available. Call us today for your free consultation at 305-258-3587.