What to Do If You Find a Squirrel in Your Attic
Unless you’ve noticed it yourself, a squirrel may not pose a threat to your home. These creatures are often harmless, but they’re capable of serious damage, including chewing through insulation and destroying home appliances. Even if you spot a squirrel, don’t panic – it probably just needs some help. Here are some things you can do to help a squirrel. Listed below are some things you should do to protect the squirrel and prevent it from doing more harm.
Baby squirrels need their mother’s care
If you’ve ever observed a baby squirrel in distress, you probably realize that it needs her care. This care is crucial to the health and survival of the baby. Mothers will often check on their babies before leaving them alone, even if this means leaving them for a few hours. Usually, they’ll return to the area to eat, or secure a new nest. But if you want to help, you can record a video of the crying baby squirrel using a cell phone. You must be very careful, and keep the video hidden from sight. Also, turn off the phone ringer. The sound of your phone will alert the mother to come back. It may take a while to move the babies, so make sure you’re patient and do not rush the process.
If you’ve ever seen a baby squirrel in distress, you’ve probably wondered how to help. First of all, baby squirrels don’t have the ability to pee or poo on their own. Therefore, they require stimulation. You can help them by using your tongue or brushing their fur. Make sure you wear gloves to prevent your hands from getting contaminated. If the baby squirrel is injured or has a broken bone, seek immediate veterinary attention.
They can gnaw through insulation
Squirrels are extremely destructive. Not only can they tear and chew through insulation, they can also gnaw through electrical wires and wooden beams. This can result in a fire hazard. They can also tear attic insulation, creating nests, and urinating and defecating inside. Ultimately, this will reduce the energy efficiency of your home.
While they may not cause any immediate damage to your property, a squirrel infestation can cause extensive damage to your home. Not only can a squirrel gnaw through insulation, but they can also eat electrical wires and create holes in the gutter line. In addition to damaging your home’s insulation, squirrels can also carry fleas, ticks, and other insects. These pests can spread these diseases and contaminate your home.
They need to be kept in a box
First, you’ll need to prepare the squirrel’s box. Depending on the type of squirrel you have, it could be anything from a plastic container or a box made from wood. For a more humane environment, you can also place a clean cloth on the bottom of the box, such as a baby’s receiving blanket or diaper. Do not use a towel or plastic bottle, which a squirrel can chew and tear.
To prevent the baby squirrel from getting too cold, place a heating pad underneath one half of the box. You can also place a towel folded twice between the box and the heating pad. You should also monitor the temperature of the squirrel’s body, since it’s unable to move around. Once the temperature rises to a comfortable level, it will no longer require a heating pad. The squirrel should feel warm to the touch, and you don’t want to overheat him.
They need to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator
If you think that your pet squirrels have an illness or injury, it is a good idea to take them to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. However, there are several factors you need to take into consideration. Wildlife rehabilitators need to be licensed to work with a wide variety of animals, including squirrels. They are also required by law to complete certain training courses.
Firstly, if you see a baby squirrel, it is essential to contact a rehabilitator right away. The first thing that you should do is find out how the squirrel fell from the tree. It is possible that it was already flung from the tree where the nest was located. If the tree has been felled, the nest may still be intact. Either way, you must contact a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.
They can be dangerous to humans
Squirrels are common nuisance wildlife in many areas, and they can become aggressive if threatened or frightened. During winter, squirrels often force their way into homes by chewing through walls, chimneys, and corroded foundations. They are also a health risk because they can carry various diseases. Therefore, removing a squirrel from your home is an important part of protecting your family from these animals.
The first step in squirrel removal is to get rid of the squirrel’s nest. If you are able to find one, it is best to return it to its natural nesting tree – preferably a tree near where it was found. Some of these nests are located in tree cavities, so you should check for these areas before removing squirrels. You should also remove any nesting materials that the squirrel used to build its nest.
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.