Are you hearing some strange sounds coming from the attic? Do you worry about squirrels nesting in your home? Squirrels are opportunists that will nest in anyone’s attic if given the chance. Attics unfortunately make great homes for squirrels hoping to live out the winter in comfort. There are, fortunately, lots of things you can do to help prevent a squirrel invasion this winter. If you suspect a squirrel’s nest in your home, please give Squirrel Removal a call.
Squirrels are arboreal, omnivorous rodents that feed primarily on seeds, nuts, buds, and acorns. There are hundreds of species of squirrel out there, but the grey squirrel and the red squirrel are the most prevalent species in Canada. As rodents, squirrels have teeth that never stop growing. This allows them to eat tough nuts and manipulate their environments by chewing through wood. Squirrels naturally live in forests, nesting either in tree branches or hollowed trunks, but squirrels have adapted exceptionally well to urban living. Squirrels are common in cities all over the world.
While they do not technically hibernate, squirrels thoroughly prepare for winter and decrease their activity while it is cold. There is less food available in the winter, so they must conserve their energy and keep food handy in case they need it. Squirrels will absolutely nest in your attic if given the opportunity. Attics provide squirrels with warm, comfortable places to hide during the winter months. To get inside people’s attics, squirrels look for weak spots in places like roof edges, soffits, chimneys, and vents and chew their way through. Once inside, they will tear up the insulation of the attic to get comfortable.
Prevention is key when it comes to pest control. To avoid a squirrel infestation, you should first inspect your roof for any gaps in which squirrels could chew or crawl through. Drip edges, for instance, wear with time and sometimes warp away from the framing of the house. Check the soffits and shingles as well for any weak spots and make all necessary repairs to keep the animals out. You should then cap vents and chimneys with steel mesh. Be sure to tidy up the yard on a regular basis and switch to squirrel-proof, hanging bird feeders. Tree branches should be kept a few feet away from the roof of the house.
If you’re currently struggling with a squirrel infestation, call Squirrel Control for help. Our experts are highly experienced in squirrel removal, no matter the season. We perform thorough inspections that point out every weak spot and determine exactly where the squirrels are nesting. We promise to remove the squirrels quickly and humanely. Call Squirrel Control today and ask about our guaranteed pest-proofing services.