Squirrels in your attic are definitely a nuisance and may feel like an invasion on your property but consider this; the rising human population has caused people to invade what was originally wildlife habitat. Wildlife such as squirrels still needs to find food and shelter so it is inevitable that they will come into contact with humans in their quest for survival.
This doesn’t mean that you should willingly allow the wildlife to set up residency in your home. The truth is squirrels in Toronto cause all kinds of damage to property and are disease carriers. There is however a humane way to solve your squirrel problem by hiring a proper squirrel control Toronto company.
Signs of Squirrels in the Attic
Unless you have physically seen the squirrel going in and out of your attic, noise in the attic isn’t a sure sign that the squirrel is the culprit. There are other pests such as rats or raccoons that might be the issue. Signs that you have squirrels in the attic include;
- Noises including fighting, scratching, and running; Noises in the daytime may indicate fox or gray squirrels while nighttime noises may mean flying squirrels
- Holes under soffits, home siding, damaged attic insulation, and chewed wires
- Damaged bird feeders may indicate squirrels attempting to eat bird food
- Squirrel nest in the attic
The signs of a squirrel problem also extend outdoors because this is where the wildlife scavenges for food. Outdoor signs of a squirrel infestation include;
- Hollow openings in tree trunks or squirrel nests in trees
- Seeing squirrels entering or leaving the house through the roof
- Young trees with chewed barks
Why Trapping Squirrels is a Bad Idea
Trapping the squirrels for relocation may seem like the humane or sensible thing to do but this is not the case. Note that wildlife is protected in Ontario and it is illegal to kill, torture, harm or transport wildlife (including squirrels) for more than a kilometer. Trapping squirrels may be considered torture because it distresses the animal and exposes it to predators and the elements. The squirrels may also injure itself as it attempts to escape from the trap.
Trapping a mother separates it from its young ones who are unable to fend for themselves. The younglings die from starvation and exposure which is far from humane.
Lastly, relocating squirrels means that the animals have to find water, food, and shelter in unfamiliar territory. The relocation also exposes the squirrel to territorial disputes with the resident animals especially if there is a shortage of food.
A wildlife removal expert has all the skills, knowledge, and equipment to get rid of the squirrels permanently and eliminate the chances of any other pests taking the place of squirrels in your attic.
The expert may also recommend or perform further preventive measures such as deterrents, clean-up, trimming trees, and sufficiently sealing entry points to resolve the problem for good. Make sure the wildlife removal expert provides a warranty for his work for at least one year.
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