How to Find a Squirrel Nest in Your Attic
If you’ve been wondering how to find squirrels in your attic, there are some things to keep in mind. These rodents are known to gnaw, chew, and carry diseases. They also are known to take up residence in your attic and need to be removed if you want to prevent future problems. If you find a nest in your attic, you should first locate and trap the babies. After that, you can take action against the squirrels.
Gray squirrels are climbers
The primary food of gray squirrels is nuts. They primarily eat beechnuts, butternuts, and hickory. They also eat a wide variety of fruit and fungi. These creatures also dig for seeds and scrape the bark from sycamore and beech trees. The food they consume accounts for up to 60 per cent of their diet. During the summer, they also feed heavily on flowers and berries. This means that they spend more time on the ground than on the trees. In the south, they feed heavily on fruit and berries.
If you have a squirrel problem, one of the best ways to eliminate the infestation is to know how to find a squirrel’s nest in your attic. A female squirrel with young may cause significant damage to your attic because they will claw the ceiling and starve to death. Trying to remove nursing females from the nest could also cause the young to become injured or die. Digging in the attic is an effective way to locate the nest. Nests are typically located near or down in the eaves.
If you have squirrels, the first step is to seal the holes that they use to enter your attic. Sealing these holes will prevent them from getting into your attic in the first place, so seal all entry points. You can also purchase a repellent, like ammonia, and put it near the area where you suspect they’ve built their nest. It will give off a foul odor, and it may deter them from making a second trip.
They carry diseases
The first step to eliminating squirrels from your attic is to look for signs of their presence. Signs of residence may include excrement, urine, and droppings. You may also find the nesting site by repairing holes and sealing them. In addition, sealing the hole with steel or metal will keep new squirrels from chewing it. You will also want to clean your attic to remove any odors that they may have left behind.
They gnaw through wires
Regardless of whether your attic is located in the eaves or the attic itself, a squirrel can leave behind some signs that it’s a place to live. Their droppings and urine are often clues to where their nest is located. If you see this evidence, you can call a professional wildlife removal service to help you find and remove the nest. Once the nest has been removed, you should release the baby squirrels at least three miles away.
They leave paw prints
To detect the presence of a nesting squirrel, examine paw prints on the attic floor. Generally, squirrels have five toes on each paw, with the front paws being smaller and shorter than their hind paws. Paw prints also contain a small footprint, while the rear paws feature five toes. Squirrels are also bounders, so their paw prints may include a foot or two.
They chew through siding
If you have noticed squirrels in your attic, you may be wondering how to find them. First, you need to know how to locate the nest. You can do this with a few tips. The nest is usually located in the attic, so you should try to disturb it as much as possible. You can try banging the rafters loudly to frighten the adults. You can also place bright lights and rags soaked in cider vinegar in the attic.
They chew through shingles
You can easily spot a squirrel nest in your attic by looking for signs of activity in the attic. Squirrels usually prefer secluded places for their nests. They chose your attic for the easy food and the safety from predators. During the summer, the nests may be hidden deep inside the insulation. You can use a pole to check hard-to-reach places.
How do you find a squirrel nest in an attic?
You will need to look for signs of chewing gnawing or other damage to the structure of the attic as well as look for droppings nesting material or food storage.
You may also be able to hear the squirrels themselves.
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.