During the winter, animals such as squirrels are looking for warm places to make their dens. They often choose locations in people’s homes, especially attics. An attic is a warm, dry place that provides shelter from severe winter weather as well as predators.
If squirrels are living in your attic, they will probably make their den in a location that is hard to find. You may, however, hear sounds in the attic that can alert you to the fact that there are wild animals living there.
Other animals, such as raccoons, can also make their dens in attics. If you don’t see the animals moving around in your attic, you may be able to figure out if they are squirrels or another species by the types of sounds you hear and the times when you hear them.
When You May Hear Sounds Caused by Squirrels
Squirrels are diurnal animals that are mostly active during the day, especially in the early morning and evening. If you hear noises coming from your attic during the day, they are most likely caused by squirrels. Other animals, such as raccoons, are primarily active at night, when squirrels are sleeping.
Types of Sounds You May Hear
Several species of squirrels belong to the Sciuridae family. Different species make different types of noises. The sounds and the volume can also vary depending on the age and gender of the individual squirrel.
Squirrels can scratch the roof when they are entering or leaving an attic. You may be able to hear this when you are in the house on the floor below. This is a tell-tale sign that you have a squirrel problem in your attic.
You may also hear rolling noises in the attic. Squirrels collect nuts and roll them into attics to hide them there or sometimes hide them in the walls. If you hear rolling noises in the attic, you most likely have a squirrel problem.
You may also hear light running or scurrying noises during the day. You may hear the sounds in the attic or inside the walls.
Damage Squirrels Can Cause to Your Home
If you have heard sounds coming from your attic during the day, you may have one or more squirrels living there. Squirrels can cause significant damage to a house. They can chew and scratch to get in, chew through electrical wires and items stored in the attic, and leave urine and droppings.
What to Do If You Have Squirrels in Your Attic
The best way to deal with a squirrel problem is to trap and relocate them. Call the professionals at Anderson Wildlife Control to help with squirrels in the attic of your Connecticut home. We will humanely live-trap and relocate the squirrels to another location. We will repair any damage they caused and seal off the entry points they used to get into your attic to prevent other animals from getting in. Contact Anderson Wildlife Control today to get an estimate for squirrel removal.