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Wildlife Control Experts Warns Homeowners of An Increase Attic Squirrel Activity During Winter

Jan 24

Squirrel In The Attic Activity Increases During The Colder Season, According To Wildlife Control Experts

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In the fall, if you pay attention to the local wildlife around your home, you may notice that squirrels are acting strangely. Because this is their prime food-gathering season, the fuzzy creatures tend to increase their activity level in the fall. The trees begin to drop acorns in September and October, and the squirrels set to work. Observing the wiry animals scurrying back and forth, collecting their food for the winter, maybe quite amusing.

Depending on the species, squirrels will either store or spread their acorns. Some people will put acorns in trees, while others may dig holes to store acorns for later use. Squirrels require a big amount of stored food to survive the winter. Squirrels will often set up shop in homes and attics in neighborhoods, stockpiling their food and building nests for the winter. This can be both bothersome and dangerous for homeowners.

How Do Squirrels Get Into Attics?

The attic is a popular place for squirrels to build their nests. Attics are often reached by tree branches and cables since they are high above. Squirrels effortlessly move from a tree branch to the roof, then enter your pleasant attic space through an access point. Typically trapping for squirrel removal from the attic is done in these high areas.

Insulation or clothing can already be used as nesting material. During the winter, squirrels build nests, store food, and live peacefully.

A squirrel can get through aluminum fascia capping and louvered aluminum gable vents. Even brick isn't impregnable! Do you have a sagging chimney brick? Squirrels can notice the flaw and push the brick in to get access.

Squirrels will frequently expand holes in fascia board construction or along ridges leading to attics and crawlspaces that were previously gaps. Squirrels like to enter and damage attic gable vents.

Squirrels can squeeze through narrow openings, but they will expand them to make travel simpler. Squirrels frequently create the entrance and exit holes in attics and crawlspaces. Squirrels want to get away from predators as quickly as possible if one of their holes is attacked! Squirrels will also mark their territory around the entry and exit holes. This is where wildlife removal professionals typically set up humane traps for squirrels.

Squirrels can bite with 7,000 pounds per square inch of biting strength. Their deep masseter muscles aid in their powerful biting capacity. When you combine that squirrel feature with the squirrel's always expanding teeth, it's easy to see why the squirrel is not only capable of chewing through tremendous materials but also has to chew!

When your teeth are constantly growing, you must keep them under control. As a result, chewing through materials is required. Vents, pipes, shingles, fans, brickwork, wood beams, and, unfortunately, live wires are all vulnerable to gnawing and access by squirrels.

If your home has an existing hole or loose component, there's a good chance a squirrel will investigate it. The process for getting rid of squirrels to prevent squirrel damages is best left to licensed professionals.

What Attracts Squirrels to Attics? 

Squirrels reside in trees in their native habitat. Squirrels either live in holes in trees or build squirrel nests high in the trees, safely between branches. Attics are ideal winter hideaways for squirrels because they are high, dark, warm, and rarely disturbed. 

Attics are ideal for squirrels because they are deserted, warm, dry, high up, and predator-free. Squirrels hide in attics for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is to have babies. 1 They'll use their urine to identify the space as their territory once they've moved into your attic. They will utilize one end of a large attic as a nesting area and the other as a latrine. There's also enough space to store their nut supply.

When Do Squirrels In Attics Get Busy?

Squirrels can be heard scampering around your attic at dusk and dawn. Early in the morning and later in the evening, you will hear noises. To gain entrance to your attic, a

 squirrel may act alone or in a group. These squirrels will work in shifts if they are in a group. Squirrels will chew from the inside of your attic to provide an access point during the evening hours.

When the weather begins to cool, squirrels migrate to attics. Squirrels must build squirrel nests and store food in preparation for the winter season.

The period between Autumn (and sometimes late Summer) and Spring is when you'll hear the most activity in your attic. Squirrels mate in the early winter and have young in the late spring. A squirrel family needs a pleasant home, and if trees in yards or surrounding vegetation are cut down and a squirrel loses its nest, squirrels may typically move into attics.

Four babies make up the average squirrel litter. It's pretty uncommon to have a second litter in the middle of the summer.

What Kind of Damage Can Squirrel Cause?

Squirrels can cause harm to your home, even if you don't mind this roommate. Squirrels prefer to chew, so you might discover chewed electrical wires or ruined wood beams in your attic.

While the wood may be replaced, the electrical wiring is the most serious danger. House fires have been caused by squirrels gnawing on electrical cables that run through attics.

You most likely have a squirrel infestation if you see squirrels traveling over your rooftop or hear the pitter-patter of small feet in your home without knowing what it is. You'll need to contact wildlife control for help removing the squirrels from your attic in a humane manner. Babies are frequently present, and they must be carefully removed and reunited with their mothers outside the home.