Squirrels are a fascinating breed of animal. Most people like to see them as they race around in the yard and trees, doing things like collecting food, playing, building nests, etc.. They are commonly viewed raiding a bird feeder and many a person has had fun watching the creative ways these creatures attempt to get into bird feeders, even those with “Shrimp guards” on them. I have personally observed squirrels jumping from high up in a tree to try and land on the bird feeder in the middle of the lawn, then they overlook and return up the tree and do it again til they succeed. These are the animals most people enjoy.
But there is a side to these animals that many individuals, (maybe like yourself), do not know, and that’s the territorial side. Squirrels guard their territory and mark it their own way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals like moles, etc. indicate there territory by leaving pee in places. Squirrels do too but they also often chew on things, namely houses. This is a way to mark their territory in your home or someone elses. Sometimes not a major spot, but only enough to show that is their area.
If they did not chew on things which are hard, their teeth would grow in a half circle and become so long they couldn’t eat and they would starve to death. Wood is an excellent hard material and your home, usually, is full of it. This is just another reason they chew on houses, possibly yours.
There’s a third reason they chew on homes and this is the only one I usually get called in for squirrel hands in which I service. They want to eliminate squirrels in their attic.
“I hear noises in my attic, I generally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at several times and then right about dark I hear a whole lot of noise and then it quiets down only a couple of hours after dark, do you know what this sort of noise might be?”
I say, “Yes, that sounds Like squirrels, they usually spend their day out and about, sometimes visiting their den site (your loft) at different times, then return at night when their major predators like hawks, owls, etc are commonly out searching. What I would do for you is come out and do a review for free and ascertain exactly what the noise is and figure out where they entered your home. At that time I will install squirrel traps, generally over the hole and a few baited traps with a system that works nicely for me. When squirrels are caught and I’ll need to make a trip back to relocate them. I will at that time give you a quote for repairs in which the entrance point is to ensure that this problem does not happen again. I’ll do a 62 point review and tell you if there are some other areas that can be trouble areas in the long run and provide you my recommendations for repairs at that time.”
The main reason I get calls like the one above is, as squirrels, raccoons, birds, etc. move around a home, they often times find places that either a bird like a woodpecker drilled a hole or the builder possibly didn’t fully seal a corner, soffit/fascia edge, gutter line, etc.. That flows air from the attic to the outside. These squirrels feel fuller atmosphere and begin to chew their way into the attic. Once inside they discover that an attic is similar to a glorified hollow tree, much warmer, much safer, so they take up home and don’t pay you rent. You hear the sound, and wonder what’s happening up there, and they’re naturally curious and will sometimes wonder what is going on down there and then chew a peak hole just to look and then seal it up with insulation that is available. It generally does not indicate they’re moving in to the living room.
Squirrels may be controlled when they are chewing on your home and gaining access from the loft. Solve the dilemma and contact a Bat Removal Company.