How Does a Squirrel Get Into an Attic?
Are you wondering how a squirrel gets into an attic? Here are some ways: Chewing through wiring, climbing on the roof, or even chewing on shingles. If you have any of these signs, it’s time to call a professional squirrel removal service. In the meantime, you can use trapping cages in the attic and release the animals as far away as three miles from your home.
Gaining access to your attic
When it comes to critters, a home’s attic is a prime candidate. Not only can they eat wood, insulation, and electrical wires, but they also tear apart furniture. And once they’re in, their droppings can be everywhere, spreading disease and mold. Additionally, the attic can become a breeding ground for larger animals. If you notice that squirrels have been invading your attic for some time, don’t worry – there are natural ways to remove them.
Chewing through wiring
Squirrels are notorious for chewing through wiring and causing a range of problems around the home. They enjoy chewing on anything from electrical wires to water pipes and paper. If squirrels get in and chew the wiring in your attic, it may lead to constant power outages or damaged electrical wires. It may also result in internet and television service being intermittent. So what should you do to keep squirrels out?
Climbing on roof
If you’ve noticed that your attic has squirrels living in it, you may wonder how they get into it. Unlike people, squirrels prefer to live in buildings higher than them, and roofs provide them with the height they need to access attics. If you’re not aware of this fact, you can use flour to trap them and move them away from your house. You can also use flour to trap them, if they don’t want to leave.
Climbing on shingles
If you want to understand how squirrels climb on shingles and get into an attic, you must first understand why they are doing this. Squirrels, like most rodents, need to chew in order to keep their front teeth short. If they didn’t, they would be starving to death. Therefore, they will gnaw through soft materials, including roof shingles. They will also squeeze through the smallest of holes to get in.
Climbing up chimney
Squirrels in attics often come into contact with traps made of old bed sheets or discarded carpeting. They may have fallen down the chimney accidentally, or they may have climbed up it intentionally. Regardless of the reason, you can help a trapped squirrel by providing an escape route. If the squirrel is weak or injured, tying a thick rope to the top of the chimney may help it climb out. If you can’t find rope, you can tie knotted bed sheets together.
Climbing up walls
If you have been wondering how squirrels get into your attic, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve noticed squirrel paw prints on your walls or ceiling, you can use flour to trap them. Simply place a piece of cardboard in the entryway of the attic or near a potential access point, and leave it for a few days. A typical squirrel track is one to one and a half inches long, and looks like a small foot. A rat’s track, on the other hand, is much smaller and has fine points.
Using metal flashing to keep squirrels out
Squirrels can be a huge problem for homeowners. They can chew up electrical wires and boards, and leave behind foul odors. Nesting females can be particularly problematic as they often build near the openings to their homes. In addition, the feces from pest infestations can cause a strong odor that permeates the entire home. If you notice squirrels on the roof of your home, then they are probably in the attic. The large number of squirrels in a given area can also push them into houses.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.