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Squirrel Sounds in the Attic

squirrel removalSo you’ve been hearing noises in the attic, maybe you’re hearing scratching above your head while getting ready in the morning, maybe it’s gnawing in the walls when you get home from work. Sounds like you probably have squirrels in your attic. We deal with various animals making their home above your head, but squirrels are the only exclusively diurnal, or active during the daylight hours, animal we find up there. The other animals we deal with are almost exclusively nocturnal, or active at night. What that means for you is that if you’re hearing noises during the day, it’s a very good bet that squirrels are the culprit. Most people think of squirrels as the cute little animals scampering through the trees, but these cute creatures are a nuisance pest problem.

Why would squirrels in the attic be a problem?

While squirrels are not known for the zoonotic diseases, diseases that could be transferred from an animal to a person, or damage to a home usually associated with rats or raccoons, squirrels are just as bad, they just don’t have the same reputation. Being rodents, just like rats, squirrels must gnaw constantly to file down their incisors, or front teeth, for this reason alone they can cause quite a bit of cosmetic damage to the exterior home, and even damage ductwork, pipes and wiring in the interior of your home.

Also, much like raccoons, squirrels are usually found in the attic because they are looking for a place to nest and rear young. This means that not only are they leaving urine and fecal material in your attic, they are also leaving ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, and mites up there, and using the insulation to make their nests, contaminating and damaging it. The longer the squirrels are up there, the worse the damage becomes. Additionally, don’t think that the issue stops with just the squirrels presently in your attic or that removing them from the attic is the complete solution.

How do they get in there?

Those squirrels had to get in there somehow, and neglecting to close those entry points can lead to more problems than just another family of squirrels moving in. The squirrels left nesting material, urine, fecal, and scent markers in the attic, which can actually end up drawing raccoons, opossum, and even rats to your attic looking for them, looking for an easy meal, or someplace for the new animals to nest, making your problem exponentially worse. That’s why when it comes to having squirrels in the attic, trapping and removing them is only a small part of the solution for the problem, especially considering that most squirrels aren’t nice enough to put out a welcome mat letting you know how they are getting in.

In fact, the majority of the entry points we find on houses are actually construction gaps, areas that have been accessible since the home was built, and it was just a matter of time before something got in. Even the cutest of animals can cause issues when they get into your attic. So whether you’ve heard noises in the past and paid them no mind, are hearing them now, or just want to have the peace of mind that you won’t hear them in the future, have a professional wildlife removal specialist come out and take care of the job in its entirety.

 

Questions Customers Have About Squirrels in the Attic

QUESTION:

I think I have squirrels in the attic. I spoke to someone about removal and all he wanted to do was poison and leave them to decay. I am worried about the smell and more getting in. Do you pinpoint the entry point and remove?

-Winston-Salem, NC

ANSWER:

Trutech can certainly solve your issue. This is one of the most common scenarios that we encounter.

The cost varies greatly from one case to another, which is why we offer an inspection for a minimal fee. Upon inspection, we will likely need access to the attic to determine the type of pest that we are dealing with, as well as any potential damage that it has caused that may need remedying.

Once we know the pest, we will need to thoroughly inspect the roof and foundation to determine the location of all of the potential entry points. We will likely need to trap them in order to remove the animals, seal all of the entry points, and use a type of control program that varies dependent upon the target pest to ensure that they stay out. If the attic has been soiled, we offer attic treatments and removal if possible. This is a process that usually takes one to three weeks.

 

QUESTION:

I believe that we have squirrels in our attic. We have been hearing scratching and gnawing sounds sporadically over the past 2 months. I believe that they are entering the house through our roof vents. What method do you use to get rid of squirrels? What would be the cost? Is there any guarantee?

ANSWER:

Thank you for the question. It sounds like you are way ahead of most folks if you have identified the entry points. This is one of the crucial first steps. We have several methods that we can deploy, depending on the circumstances, to remove the offenders. The price depends on what methods we utilize. Unfortunately, sometimes the cost of removal is only the beginning, as if we don’t fix the entry points as well, the squirrels will just be replaced with more. When we come out, we will make these recommendations and get underway to solve this problem.

 

QUESTION:

I have squirrels in my attic. Do you remove squirrels and repair the entry area?

-Reading, PA

ANSWER:

Yes, we can definitely help solve your squirrel issue. We specialize in humane removal of animals from structures and provide warrantied solutions that include entry point repair and exclusion of other potential entry points.