When I Turn on the AC in My Home, a Squirrel Makes a Loud Noise
Why does it sound like a squirrel when I turn on my air conditioning? There are many reasons why a squirrel may be making a noise in your home. Squirrels are erratic and industrious. If you’ve noticed squirrels scurrying around your home’s air conditioning ducts, you might be wondering how they’re getting in.
Squirrels are industrious
When I turn on the ac in my home, a chirping squirrel makes a loud noise. The noise may also be a raccoon’s. These animals are notorious for their chewing and erratic noises. The squirrels will also bend the siding or soffit panels of the home, and there is visual evidence of their presence, such as chewed or bent siding or soffit panels.
They are erratic
If you’re waking up to the sound of a squirrel in your home, you are not alone. A lot of homeowners experience the same problem. Squirrels are notorious for making erratic noises, chewing on everything in sight, and leaving behind visual evidence. A squeaky door or a bent soffit panel can be signs of a squirrel invading a house.
They dislodge foam from ducts
You may be hearing a squirrel noise when you turn on the air conditioning in your car. The squirrel-like noise is the result of partially dislodged foam in your HVAC ducts. If this sounds familiar, the culprit is most likely the blower assembly. If the noise does not stop, shut off the AC and check for the cause of the sound.
In addition to the sound of the squirrel, the odor from the dislodged foam could be caused by rodents in your air ducts. Rodents love loose insulation, so it’s likely they’re making a nest in your home. You can easily spot them by removing the vent covers and inspecting your ductwork. Look for feces and nesting debris. You’ll notice brown pellets, which are rodent waste. Rodents carry several diseases, and their waste and physical contact can lead to respiratory problems and health issues.
They get into your home
Squirrels get into your home for many different reasons. They want to find food, shelter, and a place to raise their young. If you’ve had a problem with squirrels in your home, you may be wondering how to get rid of them. The good news is that getting rid of squirrels is relatively simple. You can start by making sure they can’t get inside. Remove food and pets from the area where the squirrels are hiding.
Once inside, squirrels can gnaw on air ducts and damage the HVAC unit. They also cause a noxious odor by defecating and urinating on your ducts. They can also gnaw through wires or roof tiles. This damage can cost you money and can affect the value of your home. If you’re not careful, squirrels can make your home into a haven for shrews.
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.