What to Do When You Hear a Squirrel in the Attic
When you hear a squirrel in the attic, there are two things you should know. First, squirrels carry their nuts into the attic and try to bury them in the insulation. If they succeed, they may continue digging through the insulation, and you may hear their noises in the rooms below. Secondly, you should know that squirrels dig travel and den tunnels in the insulation, which makes them easy to hear.
Typical behavior of a squirrel
If you are hearing rattling or chirping, chances are that a squirrel is in your attic. Squirrels are extremely active at night. The sound you are hearing is a squirrel scurrying around, either in search of food or to communicate. Squirrels don’t typically make vocal sounds at night, and you can usually tell by its behavior if you hear it.
Squirrels are known for leaving paw prints. They typically leave tracks in dusty areas. Their back paws are five fingers long, making it easy to spot their tracks. If you suspect a squirrel, check out the size of its front paws. Their front paws are shorter than their back paws, and they usually bound forward with their back feet in line. In addition to leaving paw prints, you can also look for grease spots and tracks left by the animals.
You may be concerned about baby squirrels. Fortunately, squirrels don’t leave welcome mats, so you can usually catch them in the act before they have a chance to escape. However, this doesn’t mean you should take drastic measures right away. Wait at least six weeks before taking action against a squirrel infestation. But you don’t want to risk the welfare of the baby squirrels.
Common sources of attic noise
One common source of attic noise is the activity of squirrels. These animals are diurnal, and their activity tends to be at its peak during the early morning and late evening hours. You can identify the source of noise by the sounds it makes, including scratching, gnawing, and scurrying. Nevertheless, if you hear these sounds during the day, it is probably a raccoon or mouse.
You may hear a rustling sound from your attic, but that’s no comforting noise at all. Quite possibly, it is a squirrel, one of the bushy cousins of rodents. North Carolina, for example, has more squirrels than it can count. Squirrels are acrobatic rodents and have no problem climbing roofs and attics. They are often unseen by humans, but they can ruin your home if they let themselves loose.
Ways to frighten a squirrel
If you’re worried about a squirrel in your attic, you can try one of these ways to scare the animal away. If the squirrel has an active nest in your attic, you can bang on the rafters and speak loudly in the attic to make it leave. You can also place a bright light or rags soaked in cider vinegar in the attic to scare it away. If these methods don’t work, it is time to call a professional squirrel removal company.
While these methods are not foolproof, they can provide you with great results. Follow the instructions carefully, and your attic will be free of squirrels in no time. Regardless of how you decide to scare a squirrel, remember that you can only scare the animal away after following proper precautions. Make sure to check the attic often and follow the tips mentioned in this article to make sure the animal doesn’t come back.
Ways to get rid of a squirrel
Having a squirrel infestation can be a scary prospect for many homeowners. After all, you don’t want any pests living in your home. And facing an infestation in your attic is even worse. A squirrel infestation will only increase the number of these pests, which could eventually threaten your home. As the squirrels multiply, they will also damage your electrical wires. Hence, if you find a squirrel in your attic, it is time to check if there are any new fire hazards.
The most common complaint about squirrels in the attic is clicking noises. This noise is caused by squirrels using the attic as their personal bathroom. They generally leave the attic during the warmer hours of the day. If you find baby squirrels, make sure to leave the nest for a few weeks until they have a chance to survive without a mother.
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.