Squirrels in the Attic
The Gray Squirrel is second only to the raccoon in terms of annual nuisance complaints. They are a prevalent annoyance for a variety of reasons. Squirrels are extremely resourceful and adaptable. They can use these skills to get food from bird feeders and rubbish cans. When it comes to locating a place to live, they are just as inventive. Squirrels live in hollow trees or leafy nests they build in the top branches of trees in the wild. In contrast to the small, clean nests of birds, these nests have a messy appearance and are often rather enormous. Squirrels usually build their nests in trees that produce the seeds they eat, such as oak, hickory, and maple. We specialize in squirrel removal.
Biology of squirrel
- Rodents are small mammals that belong to the rodent family. Bushy tails distinguish this species.
- Gray Squirrel 34 lb-1 34 lb 1 14 lb – 3 lb Fox Squirrel
- Breeding takes place in January or February, and July. The pregnancy lasts 44 days.
- Young: 1–5 years old (avg. 2-4) born in March–April and July–August.
- Diurnal (active during the day) and largely arboreal in nature.
The Eastern Gray and Eastern Fox Squirrels are the two most common squirrel species in our area of Illinois. The gray squirrel is the most numerous of these. Black squirrels, a melanistic color variation of the gray squirrel, are becoming more widespread. The Fox Squirrel is larger than its gray brethren and is distinguished by its red/orange color.
Squirrels will nest in locations where they aren’t supposed to be. They typically replace natural trees with attics, soffits, sheds, garages, and chimneys. They not only live in our structures, but they thrive there as well. Our constructions give protection from predators as well as shelter from the elements. The abundance of resources, such as food and shelter, create excellent circumstances for population growth. Because of the increased density of squirrels, there are more complaints and phone requests for squirrel removal.
- Squirrels in the Attic
- Chimney Nests From Squirrels
- Problems with Squirrel Nests
- Gnawing Damage
Squirrels often make nests in the most unusual of settings. We’ve seen them in BBQ grills, plants, between storm windows, watering cans, automobile engines, parked boats, and practically any other spot where protection is needed. Electric motors are one of the most dangerous areas where we encounter nests. The nesting keeps the engine from moving, which causes it to overheat and perhaps burn the leaves, sticks, and other debris. When homeowners screen their own attic fans from within the attic, we frequently notice this problem. If you use sturdy materials, this strategy will keep squirrels out of your attic. However, it has the potential to exacerbate the problem. To prevent this from happening, our staff screens attic fans from the outside
When dealing with a squirrel nest removal, we’ve discovered that it’s better to capture the adult female before damaging the nest. When a squirrel is desperately searching for its young, getting it to enter a trap becomes tough to impossible. Mother squirrels are so protective of their babies that we’ve had squirrels rush straight to us if they hear a high-pitched squeal from one of them.
Squirrels are rodents that belong to the rodent family. Because rats are always growing, they must wear down their front incisor teeth on a regular basis. Squirrels exhibit gnawing activity as a result of this. There are additional reasons why squirrels bite and cause damage. These include shredding objects for nesting material, drilling holes in structures to obtain access to den sites, and causing damage while attempting to get out of a precarious situation.
Our technicians frequently see the following types of damage caused by squirrel chewing:
- Gnawed automobile wiring
- Roofs, especially cedar shake roofs
- Fences made of wood
- When they end up inside the house, interior window frames
- Window air conditioners are a type of air conditioner that is used to cool a room
- Wires of electricity
- Lines for phone and cable
- Furniture for the lawn
Squirrels can be found almost anywhere in the city, and they will damage anything that can be damaged. Changing the place to prevent a squirrel from getting into difficulty, like with any nuisance animal issues, is always the best long-term solution. This, however, isn’t always viable or cost-effective. The removal of the individual animal(s) that is causing the problem is sometimes the best option. If a squirrel is gnawing the wiring on your car, for example, you can park someplace else, build a garage, or catch and remove the squirrel. The squirrel removal service that we perform is the most effective way to tackle this type of problem.
Squirrels have the capacity to climb walls in the same way that spiders do. They can leap from tree limbs that are overhanging or growing close to the building. Also serving as a bridge are phone, cable, and electricity service cables. They will get on your roof if they want to. Once squirrels get access to a structure’s top levels, they can take advantage of the various advantages that modern building methods and materials provide.
Squirrels prefer to live in attics because they give refuge from the elements and predators, especially in the winter. Attic fans, roof vents, gable vents, soffit vents, gaps left open during construction, and the wood and metal casing of prefabricated chimneys are all ways they get inside the building. They make openings because of their propensity to nibble through most building materials. Roofs, gutters, soffits, eaves, dormers, and ridge vents are just a few of the locations at risk.
Our trappers will inspect your home or building thoroughly, always setting two squirrel traps, monitoring all entry points for activity, returning daily to check traps and monitors, recommending long-term animal proofing, and installing any approved repairs or products as soon as we are confident that all problem squirrels have been removed. We’ll determine the gender of all trapped animals, as usual, to see whether there are any offspring inside the structure.
The chance of a recurrence of a squirrel problem is influenced by the history of the problem. Squirrels reproduce twice a year and live in groups over the winter. During the winter, the average squirrel job included the removal of five squirrels. Of course, this is an average, so there could be a couple more or a couple fewer. When the mother squirrel is ready to give birth to her offspring, she will expel the other squirrels.
The longer a problem persists, the more likely it is that another problem may arise in the future. This is due to a number of factors. For starters, squirrels in the attic for longer periods of time soil the insulation with urine and droppings, resulting in more squirrel scents that attract others. Second, we want to trap only the squirrels that are currently residing in the building. It won’t be all of the ones who have lived there and consider the attic to be their den place at particular seasons of the year. A generational problem occurs when multiple litters of young are born in an attic. Because squirrels may chew into some structures almost at will, if a problem is left neglected, you’re more likely to get future infiltrations.
We recommend that you address problems as soon as you become aware of them. All holes and other possible entrance points should be sealed.
Nuisance Squirrels In the Chimney
Do you hear scratching coming from your chimney? Was there a squirrel in your house?
Chimneys provide squirrels with a place to nest or, in certain cases, a circumstance in which they become trapped. Many times, squirrels may construct a nest in the top of a brick chimney. The squirrel will wedge branches into the tile to create a platform on which to place other nesting materials. Often, the squirrels will be trapped at the bottom of the flue as the nest falls down. Squirrels cannot climb up and down a flue, whereas raccoons can. Squirrels may get access to your home’s living space through an open damper or furnace.
The prefabricated chimney with metal or wood housings is another type of chimney that squirrels like to use as a nesting site. The openings in the housing’s top give a safe haven for nesting. Occasionally, a squirrel or many squirrels from a litter will tumble down the enclosure’s flue. The housings are situated above a hole in the roof that leads to the attic, so it’s possible they’ll end up there as well.
The nests themselves can be a nuisance or, in the worst-case scenario, dangerous. Their nests can clog a chimney flue, posing a fire threat or putting residents at risk of asphyxiation from combustion fumes.
Not all squirrels on chimneys are involved in the building of nests. They occasionally fall down the flue, presumably in search of the source of the warm air. The ultimate result is always the same: a squirrel stuck above the damper, in the furnace exhaust duct, or in your home’s occupied space.
When a squirrel gets into a house or building, they chew their way out of windows and damage fragile objects by climbing on shelves, countertops, and furniture.
All wildlife removal services will remove the problem animals, if necessary, remove the nests (or recommend a chimney sweep), treat for fleas, and install a professional chimney cap or custom screen.
Don’t wait until squirrels have wreaked damage on your home or property to take action. Squirrel Removal is quick and easy with Animal Control Specialists.