Common Signs that Squirrels have Made your Attic Home
Articles in this series:
- Why do Squirrels Stay in Attics?
- When Are Squirrels Active / What Sounds do They Make?
- Dangers of Squirrels in the Home
- Health Hazards from Squirrels
- Squirrel Droppings
- How Do Squirrels get Into the Attic?
- Common Signs that Squirrels have Made your Attic Home
- How to Trap a Squirrel
- What is the Best Squirrel Bait
- Exclusion Techniques
- Cleaning up After a Squirrel
While we have gone over many different ways to identify that you are having a squirrel issue, it is very important to make sure you know you have identified the proper animal, otherwise you're never going to get rid of your issue.
By this point, you should know what type of sounds that squirrels make when they are in the attic. Normally you are listening for light and fast scurrying noises. They should be more frequent throughout the daytime, beginning early in the morning and end early in the evening. Typically, the most common times to experience issues are during the breeding months and the months that they'd be nesting, these are February to April and August to September, and the following weeks.
If you performed a walk around of your home and noticed access points and any holes with chew marks, this can be another good indication of squirrels. Remember that, squirrels can fint into super tiny holes- an inch and a half! - however, if the hole isn’t quite large enough they will chew on the hole to enlarge it slightly.
The most disgusting tell-tale hint of squirrels is identifying the droppings you find in your attic. Squirrel droppings look like miniature brown grains of rice, but in the event that you compare it to rodent droppings they are somewhat bigger. Squirrel droppings will also turn to a lighter shade of brown as time passes. Consequently, when you have just dark brown droppings, your squirrel friend has lately moved in, but in case you've got a mixture of both dark and light brown coloring, your squirrel friend has more than likely been there for some time.
Finally, you should be searching your attic for gnaw marks and any signs of nesting. Be sure to check all of the wiring as well, as they will often chew through these wires, which can create a fire hazard. Next you will want to check the wooden beams, this would be the easiest place to spot teeth marks from them gnawing on the beams. When they are nesting, they will be ripping up your insulation to create a modest nest-like structure. You may even find babies nestled inside of it, just beware because if the mama is in there she can become pretty mean if her new babies are tucked in there and you get too close! A disturbance in the insulation should be fairly easy to locate, and make sure you make note of the amount of damage in the insulation.