Squirrels often seek warmth and shelter inside people’s houses. If you believe that you have squirrels living in the attic of your Connecticut home, you should contact a professional as soon as possible, before they cause significant damage.
How Can Squirrels Get into an Attic?
Squirrels find gaps and cracks that homeowners can easily overlook and squeeze through them to get into houses. Once they’re inside, female squirrels often build nests in attics and raise their young there until they’re old enough to leave and live outdoors.
What Problems Can Squirrels Cause?
Squirrels that live in an attic leave behind waste, which can contain pathogens that can cause illness in humans. A squirrel that feels that it or its babies are threatened can attack a person or a pet and may cause serious injuries. In some cases, squirrels carry rabies.
When squirrels get into an attic, they can cause extensive property damage. Squirrels often chew on wood and drywall and use insulation to build nests. They sometimes chew on electrical wires and spark fires.
How Can You Tell If Squirrels Are Living in Your Attic?
If you hear unusual sounds, that might mean that there are squirrels residing in your attic. You might hear feet running around upstairs or scratching noises coming from inside the walls. Baby squirrels sometimes get trapped in walls. If they can’t get out and they aren’t removed, they can die. Then their bodies can decompose, which can cause a foul stench to permeate throughout the house.
What Should You Do If You Think You Have Squirrels in Your Attic?
If you suspect that there are squirrels living inside your attic, you should seek help from a wildlife professional right away. Squirrels can cause a significant amount of damage. The sooner you deal with the issue, the better.
Don’t try to catch and remove squirrels yourself. If you get bitten or scratched, you can suffer serious injuries. Professionals who remove squirrels from attics on a regular basis know how to do so safely.
The time of year is important. If a family of squirrels is living in your attic and the babies are young, you might have to wait until they can survive outdoors before you have them removed.
At Anderson Wildlife Control, we know how to trap squirrels and remove them humanely and without causing injuries. We can also figure out how squirrels got into your attic and seal off the entry point. That way, you won’t have to worry about having them return or having other animals use the same entry point to get into your home. Contact us today for help with squirrel removal!