Squirrels Are a fascinating breed of animal. Many people like to see them as they race around in the lawn and trees, carrying their organic things such as gathering food, playing, building nests, etc.. They are commonly viewed raiding a bird feeder and many a person has had fun viewing the creative ways these animals attempt to get to some bird feeders, even those with “Shrimp guards” onto them. Rarely do you find one that will do the job. I’ve personally observed squirrels leaping from high up in a tree to try and land on the bird feeder at the middle of the lawn, then they miss and go back up the tree and do it again until they triumph. These are the creatures most people enjoy.
But there is a side to These animals that lots of individuals, (maybe like yourself), don’t know, and that is the territorial side. Squirrels guard their land and mark it their own different way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals like moles, etc. mark there land by leaving urine in places. Squirrels do too but they also tend to chew on things, namely homes. This is a way to mark their land in your house or someone elses. Sometimes not a big spot, but only enough to show this is their area.
The Other reason that they think a lot is because of a fact not widely known of squirrels which is their teeth continually grow, they do not quit growing like our teeth. If they didn’t chew on things that are hard, their teeth would rise in a half circle and eventually be so long they couldn’t eat and they would starve to death. Wood is a excellent hard material and your house usually is filled with it. This is another reason they chew on houses, maybe yours.
Chew on houses and this is the only one I usually get called in for squirrel hands in which I support. They want to get rid of squirrels in their loft.
Bat Removal Company gets a call that goes like this. Noises in my loft, I generally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at different times and then right about dark I hear a whole lot of sound and then it quiets down just a couple hours after dark, do you understand what this sort of noise may be?”
Like squirrels, they generally spend their day out and about, occasionally visiting their den site (your attic) at different times, then come back in through the night when their major predators such as hawks, owls, etc are generally outside searching. What I can do to you is come out and do an inspection for $XXX and ascertain exactly what the sound is and determine where they entered your dwelling. At that time I will set up squirrel traps, generally within the hole and a few baited traps using a system that works well for me. When squirrels are caught and I want to create a trip back it’s $XXX for every trip back. I will at the time provide you with a quote for repairs in which the entrance point is to make sure that this problem doesn’t happen again. I will do a 62 point review and tell you if there are some other areas that can be problem areas in the future and provide you my recommendations for repairs at that time.”
The main Reason I get calls such as the one above is because as squirrels, raccoons, birds, etc.. move around a house, they often times find places that either a bird like a woodpecker drilled a hole or the builder possibly did not fully seal a dormer, soffit/fascia border, gutter line, etc.. That flows air in the attic to the outside. These squirrels feel fuller air and start to chew their way to the attic. Once inside they find that a loft is much like a glorified hollow tree, much warmer, much safer, so they take up home and don’t pay you rent. You hear the sound, and wonder what is going on up there, and squirrels are naturally curious and will occasionally wonder what is going on down there and then chew a peak hole just to look and then seal it up with insulation that’s available. It generally does not indicate they are moving into the living room.
Squirrels may be controlled when they are chewing on Your home and gaining access in the attic. Fix the problem is to contact a specialist in your area.