Why Does a Squirrel Keep Coming to My Door?
You might be wondering, “Why does a squirrel keep coming to my door?” Maybe you hear skittering or scampering noises or a frantic screech every time you open your front door. Perhaps a squirrel has been craving acorns, chewed a wire, or you have been cornered by one. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put an end to the constant harassment.
Skittering or scampering noises
If you hear skittering or scampering noises coming from your attic, it might be a squirrel. The squirrel is often busy at night, searching for food. They can be heard making a variety of sounds, including screeching, scratching, and scampering. Regardless of the source, squirrels can be a nuisance to homeowners.
Squirrels typically feed on berries, nuts, and seeds, but they are also known to prey on birds and frogs. They also like to gnaw on bones and antlers, which provide them with calcium. In colder months, squirrels will come inside to stay warm, which is why they prefer attics. You can hear their skittering or scampering noises and may find some of their droppings and urine in the attic or on the ground.
Craving for acorns
What is it about acorns that appeals to a squirrel? Well, it may be the taste of acorns or perhaps the lack of acorns. In either case, you’re likely to see a squirrel at your door frequently. In fact, you might even have a squirrel of your own. But why do squirrels keep coming to your door in search of acorns?
Oak trees are found throughout North America and have 32 different species. Squirrels are very particular about the type of acorns they consume, and they bury them in specific ways. White oak acorns are the best for humans, but red oak acorns are intensely bitter. They contain a lot of tannin, which breaks down in the squirrel’s saliva.
Chewing on a wire
Squirrels keep coming to your doors for a variety of reasons. If you’ve seen them around, you probably know that they like to explore your attic. That’s not to say they’re not curious – they’ll probably chew on something in your attic, too. Whether they’re building a nest in your attic or chewing on your wires, they can cause damage to your home, from costly repairs to foul smells.
Aside from causing damage to your house, squirrels will also gnaw on electrical wires, leading to fires and costly repairs. Squirrels must chew on a variety of materials to keep their teeth sharp. And while you don’t want them to chew on your wires, it is important for your safety and that of your family. Therefore, if you’re a homeowner, you should consider installing wire mesh to protect your home and your belongings from squirrels.
Getting frantic if cornered by a squirrel
If you have a pet squirrel or a tree in your yard, you may want to avoid handling the animal if it is frantic. Squirrels, in general, aren’t afraid of humans, but they do have a way of letting you know that they’re not at ease with people. You should avoid making loud noises or chasing after the animal unless you have a trained professional by your side. If you get frantic when cornered by a squirrel, it may try to escape by making loud sounds or even plastering itself against a tree.
Squirrels communicate with each other using a combination of vocalization and body language. If you can distinguish a squirrel’s call from other sounds, you can determine the kind of threat it faces. For example, red squirrels have different alarm calls than gray squirrels, so if you hear a chuckling call from one of these species, it’s likely a ground predator.
Keeping a squirrel in your attic for two months
It’s important to keep squirrels out of your attic if you’re trying to get rid of them. Not only do they cause damage, but they also love to live in attics. This is where they keep their nest and store food. Getting rid of them can be a tricky process, and it can take months or even years. Here are some ways to get rid of them once and for all.
The best way to keep squirrels out of your attic is to saturate it with some liquid repellent. This can be sprayed on your soil, bushes, and trees. You can also place daffodils, which are a natural deterrent. If you’re having trouble relocating them, you can also hang rags soaked in vinegar on the entrances of your attic.
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.