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Squirrels in the Attic

Aug 17, 2012

 

It’s that time of year again: squirrel baby season! Squirrels generally mate between the months of December and January and June and July, and the gestation period is about 30-60 days. This means we’re going to be seeing a lot of new little squirrel babies running around right about this time. Once the babies have been born it takes about 6-8 weeks for them to mature, and that’s where things get interesting. The mother will have to find a safe place to birth her litter and then keep them there in order to feed and care for them. Unfortunately, this safe place can end up being your attic, shed, foundation or any other warm, comfy place inside your home.

 

Adult squirrels generally live alone, but will share their nest in the event of extremely cold weather or when they are birthing. Signs of having squirrels in your home are:

 

–         Activity two to three hours after sunrise or two to three hours before sunset.

–         A lot of scratching or noises resembling gnawing activity will be present.

–         Holes that are accessible by a tree or gutter are indicators of a point of entry.

–         Evidence of wood chips, or stray insulation is a good indicator as well.

 

These rodents may be attracted to your property because of bird feeders, food scraps, or they may just be looking for a warm place to hibernate and birth offspring. A squirrel can cause more damage than one might think! They gain entry by slipping through already existing holes or chewing one themselves. Gnawing through a soffit or getting through drywall is not uncommon. Once nesting inside, their urine can stain walls, cause bacteria to grow in insulation, and can rot drywall if not dealt with properly. Also, they carry parasites such as fleas and ticks that can infest pets and homeowners.

 

A professional pest control company such as Care Pest can help keep these cute, but pesky, rodents out! Common entry areas are unused chimneys and roof soffits. Our company will screen these areas, excluding the squirrels, denying them access. Once this exclusion is done, the rodents will no longer be able to get into any areas they are unwelcome. Let us know about your experience with these issues in the comments!

 


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