How to Tell When a Squirrel is in Your Attic
If you’re afraid that a squirrel is infesting your attic, there are several ways to find out if you have a problem. The earliest sign of an infestation is noise. If you can hear the scratching of your ceiling and movement of your walls, you’ve probably got squirrels in your attic. You may also hear the sounds before you do, as pets often hear squirrel sounds before humans do. So pay attention to your walls and ceiling!
Identifying signs of squirrels
One of the first signs of a squirrel infestation in your attic is the gnawing and chewing of your house’s ceiling or siding. If you notice chewed wires or wood chips, it’s likely that the squirrels are living in your attic. Additionally, they can cause damage to your roof vents, insulation, and wall-boards. Since squirrels never stop growing, the damage they cause will likely need to be repaired or replaced.
Other common signs of squirrel infestation include a foul odor. The squirrel’s urine and droppings will give off a musty, stale smell. They will make their nests in the attic near where they feed, which means that they’ll leave a large mess behind. While you won’t find a lot of evidence in your attic, if you find any of the above signs, it’s time to call a pest control professional.
Other common signs of squirrel infestation include the presence of acorns. If you notice the acorns, squirrels may be nesting in your attic. If you notice any of these signs, you should remove the squirrels immediately. In addition to acorns, the squirrels can also cause damage to your house. This damage may appear as scratch or gnaw marks in your wood or furniture. The squirrels can even chew through your wiring and molding, so it’s imperative to remove them immediately.
Identifying a mother squirrel
If you notice a squirrel in your attic, chances are that it is a mother with her babies. If you see her building a nest of insulation or leaves, it is likely that she is nursing her young. While young squirrels are unlikely to make noise, you can usually tell that a female is nursing her young by the pitter-patter of several babies. If you have any doubts, you can get rid of the squirrels right away or wait until they grow up.
To get rid of the nest, you can try scaring the mother squirrel away by playing loud music or banging on the rafters. Another effective method is to put soaked cotton balls in cider vinegar and hang them in the attic. While this method may work, it may not work as well as you would like. You should consider contacting a professional squirrel removal service to remove the nest and babies.
If you suspect a mother squirrel is raising babies in your attic, you must identify the species of the baby. Females usually enter the attic twice a year, typically between February and August. These young grow rapidly and reach adult size in as little as six weeks. If you see the babies in your attic, they’re likely juveniles. Take steps to ensure that you remove the nest with their babies.
Identifying a mother squirrel with young
If you have a squirrel in your attic, it is likely a mother with her babies. These animals are usually very high-strung and may act erratically if trapped. If they run about the house and open windows, they’re probably nursing their young. If you find a nest made of leaves, cardboard, or insulation, it’s most likely a mother squirrel with her young.
If you find a baby squirrel in your attic, don’t feed it. This will attract a mother squirrel. Sometimes, however, the mother squirrel may not claim her young until just before dusk, so feeding it might be a mistake. If you’re unsure, call your local animal services agency, and they can help you determine whether the baby squirrel should be taken to an animal shelter for the night or not.
If you find a nest of eggs in your attic, it’s likely that the mother squirrel has just given birth to a youngster. The young may claw the ceiling or starve to death. Therefore, it is best to wait until the young squirrels have left their nest to avoid disturbing the babies. If you do find a nest with young, you may be tempted to remove the babies, but if you’re not sure, wait until they’ve grown and are ready to leave the 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.