What's that you're hearing? Are you hearing scratching and chirping from up above? That jumping and bumping from above your ceiling certainly can't mean your house is haunted. The idea of a haunted house is really farfetched. Before you sell, investigate. Be brave and consider the possibilities of what is causing those weird sounds. Household pests such as rats, bats, mice, and squirrels have been known to take up residence in a home's attic. The sad result can be one causing extensive damage to your home such as electrical wires destroyed or furniture damaged. Often, the culprits are squirrels. This is because squirrels being small, mobile, agile and able to jump from one place to another makes it easy for them to get into your home.
In order to determine the culprit is a squirrel, check for these:
Entry Points - Are there holes that have been chewed in order to be made bigger? Squirrels, by the way, are expert chewers.
Chewed Wood and Exposed Wiring - You may see wooden parts that have been chewed throughout your attic. There may be exposed wiring. Since squirrels are experts at chewing, they certainly may be the perpetrators.
Noise from Above - Those rattling and scampering daytime noises could be squirrels. Noises from your attic during the daytime are most likely caused by squirrels. Squirrels are known to be especially active during the daytime. Attic-dwelling critters such as mice, rats, bats, raccoons and opossums are nocturnal and would not be heard during the daytime.
Droppings - If you find droppings, do they have a foul odor? The droppings of a squirrel have a foul odor that are almost as vulgar as those of a bat. Squirrel droppings look much the same as mice or rat droppings, but they are somewhat bigger. They are usually pellets that are oblong in shape. Their size is approximately 3/8 of an inch long and 1/8 of an inch wide but do vary according to the size of the squirrel. When the droppings are fresh, their color is dark brown. As they age they change to a lighter color brown. The older the droppings; the lighter the color brown.
Debris for Nesting - Sticks, leaves and kindling can be used for nesting by a squirrel. If you find these in your attic, it can mean squirrels are setting up their home.
Squirrels may look cute and harmless, but we can assure you they are not. The damage they can do to your home can be a total nuisance. Examples of damage squirrels can do to you home include: Damage to your home's roof timbers and underneath done by their chewing; or destroy vents, wires, chimneys and insulation as well. Fire caused by electrical hazards is a most serious concern of squirrels possibly chewing electrical wiring.
The gnawing of a squirrel can cause serious damage of just about anything in your home including wooden beams. If they should gnaw through a wooden structure long enough, their damage can actually threaten your roof's integrity. Squirrels that live in your attic will have to go out scavenging for sources of food. In doing so, they often destroy gardens, landscaping or other items on your property. Squirrels carrying fleas and ticks into your home which can cause health risks for you and your family.
Now you know all the reasons it is essential to remove the squirrels from your attic. The challenge now is not only to get them out, but to also make sure they don’t return. If you really want to get rid of squirrels in your attic, the best way would be to call us today. That way, it will be done right. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by calling in a professional.
In order to eliminate your squirrel problem in your attic, we will thoroughly investigate to find their entrance. Once we found the hole, we will install a repeater trap over the hole. This type of trap will catch the squirrels as they leave your house in order to find food and water. By using a one-way exclusion door, they can get out but can't get back in. To avoid a squirrel problem in the future, we will make sure there are no other openings that they can get into, by sealing the entire attic.
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