Updated: Sept 7, 2023
How to Deal with A Squirrel Infestation
Squirrels are cute little critters with fluffy tails that chase, climb, and play with one another in your backyard. Unfortunately, these mischievous little animals can also wreak havoc if they find a way inside your home. From chewed wires and insulation to harmful droppings left behind, you will quickly find yourself researching how to get a squirrel out of your house.
Common Signs of a Squirrel Infestation
First, you must determine whether you have squirrels in the attic or other critters. Here are some common signs that point to squirrels as the culprits.
- The sound of scurrying, chewing, and scratching in places like your crawl space or attic
- Teeth marks on wires, damage to your air vents, and electrical wires that look like they have been chewed on
- The presence of squirrel footprints (they’ve got front paws with four toes, followed by five toes on the back paws)
- If a squirrel passes away in one of your vents, you may begin to notice an unpleasant odor in your home
It can be easy to mistake a squirrel for a mouse or rat. The best way to determine what type of animal is inside your attic (and how bad the infestation has become) is to call a professional. EcoCare Pest Control professionals can help identify the problem and provide the best solution for solving it.
Is it Possible to Remove any Squirrels Myself?
It’s possible to remove squirrels without help from a professional, but it can be an uphill battle. The best way to get rid of squirrels by yourself is to make them uninhabitable. Squirrels don’t like making nests in places that humans already inhabit, and they’ll move on if you make your presence known. This can be particularly difficult if you have squirrels in the attic.
Try making noise by banging the ceiling and leaving the TV on overnight. Shine a bright light into the attic and leave it on for hours. Finally, soak some cloth in apple cider vinegar and leave it in the attic. By hitting their senses with noise, light, and smells, you may be able to deter them from your attic without help. Unfortunately, it’s not typically that easy.
Recommendations for Squirrel Control
To avoid having a squirrel in your house, there are certain things you can do to prevent one from even entering it in the first place. Check the area around your home to ensure that your garbage is covered, your bird feeders are squirrel-proof, and any pet food is stored in a sealed container. It’s also important to look for cracks and holes on the exterior of your home that can serve as an entry point into your home. Some common places for squirrels to enter include:
- Holes in the foundation and exterior siding
- Overhanging tree branches that provide access to the roof
- Hidden roof adjoinments on dormers
- Torn mesh under the roof vents
- Torn mesh in the Gable vents or in the Bird Blocks under the eaves
- Gaps between the fascia boards and gutters
- Chimney chutes
- Sealing holes around your home and regular yard maintenance are simple solutions. Sometimes, though, these solutions just aren’t enough.
EcoCare Pest Control is Here to help with any Rodent Infestations
A squirrel problem can quickly become a homeowner’s worst nightmare, and your family deserves a squirrel-free living space. If you’re concerned about whether you have a squirrel or other critter infestation in your home, call the pros at EcoCare Pest Control. We offer free inspections to diagnose the problem. Once we know what type of infestation we’re dealing with, we’ll provide a free quote. That way, you can decide how to approach the squirrels in order to safely (and efficiently) remove them from your home.
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