A Squirrel in the Attic

Squirrels access your attic through the roof in Springfield VA - Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor'sThe first sign of a squirrel problem is the sound of scampering overhead, especially early in the morning or at sundown. When you go up into the attic to check it out, you are treated to the distinctive smell that indicates an animal has moved into your home. You catch sight of a bushy tail and realize you have a squirrel in the attic.

Once inside, squirrels can cause a lot of damage to your home with their nesting, hoarding, and chewing habits. Attics provide a warm and safe environment for squirrels to build their nests without fear from predators or the elements. Because of the dangers they can bring in, it’s important to learn how to prevent squirrels in the first place.

What Are the Dangers of a Squirrel Infestation?

While searching for entry points to your attic, squirrels may damage siding, soffits, fascia boards, chimney flashing and even various types of exhaust fans.  pon gaining entry, they will often build nests and therefore create a mess of droppings and urine when they make it their permanent residence. Worst of all, they can chew through wires, creating potential fire hazards.

Squirrels can also harbor pathogens, such as salmonella and rabies, which can be harmful to humans, although transmission is rare. Damage to property is a much more likely outcome of a squirrel infestation. They can destroy furniture and other important household items, especially if they venture out into main living areas.

Squirrel Control For My Home

Squirrel removal is a difficult process to accomplish both humanely and legally. Many states have laws against trapping and relocating squirrels without a permit. It is best to call a professional to remove a squirrel in the attic or any other area of your home.  Trained professionals can humanely and legally relocate unwitting intruders. A professional can also help identify and seal up possible points of entry to prevent future wildlife problems. Here’s how they can help you learn how to prevent squirrels in the attic for good:

  1. The first step is identifying any opening that allows the squirrel access to the attic and sealing these gaps with metal flashing or wire mesh.
  2. Cutting back overhanging tree branches can reduce squirrel’s access to the roof, while chimney caps can keep raccoons and squirrels out of the chimney.
  3. Squirrels may be attracted to the house by bird feeders in the yard. If squirrels are frequenting your bird feeders, try spraying your bird feed with cayenne pepper. Birds have no sense of taste, but as mammals, squirrels do.
  4. Never leave food outdoors, and keep trash cans sealed securely. Resist the temptation to feed squirrels, as this will encourage them to return.

Preventing Squirrels in the Attic

Nuisance wildlife problems, including squirrel infestations, can be distressing for any homeowner. The best option is to work with your local wildlife control experts who can help with exclusion services to keep your family safe. Contact the wildlife control team at Ehrlich today to learn more!