Squirrels in the Attic: What Do They Do Up There?

Squirrel-removalIt’s amazing how cute squirrels can look when they scuttle up trees, because if squirrels are in your attic, they are terror on four legs. Despite the havoc squirrels can cause in a home’s attic, determining whether you have a squirrel problem in the area can be rather difficult. The animals are often skittish and out of sight, but the damage they cause in attics escapes no one’s eye. Below is a list of what squirrels tend to do when they take up residence in the attic of a home.

Chewed Electrical Wires
Squirrels don’t like the taste of plastic wire coverings, much lest the taste of wires the coverings protect. However, they will chew through both materials if they feel the materials inhibit their ability to form a permanent nest in the attic. If squirrels have infested your attic, we’ll implement the most effective solution to stop them.

Damaged Studs and Joists
Because wooden studs exist behind the wall surface, you may think that squirrels would find it cumbersome to inhabit interior wall spaces. Rest assured, they don’t. If necessary to facilitate movement through walls, squirrels will use their powerful teeth to gnaw right through wall studs. Of course, you could always have wood joists replaced with metal ones or ones that are made from tough composites, but these options are far more expensive that using an exterminator.

HVAC Equipment Damage
In some homes, crucial pieces of HVAC equipment are located in the attic space, particularly air handlers that produce cool air that “falls” as it travels through the residence. Depending how the equipment is configured and positioned, squirrels can have field day chewing through its wires and could potentially seek out nesting places in hollow areas inside the equipment housing. In the end, squirrels in the attic could  cause you will heafty bill for repairing HVAC damage.

Unsanitary Health Condition
When homeowners have squirrels in the attic, they often rush to put mesh wire around attic vents to keep the animals from entering, but that won’t do anything about squirrels already inside. Once a squirrel has marked your home as their, they will whatever it take to gain access again. This is why you have to resolve an issue before making any repairs. These squirrels will eventually die due to lack of sustenance, and turn your attic into a makeshift graveyard for the animals. Squirrels aren’t know for creating an unsanitary condition, but that is exactly what can happen if they start to die and decompose in your attic.

Plenty of Annoying Noise
Squirrels are similar to mice and rats in that they creating annoying scratching noises as they claw their way through walls and scamper across ceilings. If you hear these annoying noises at night, don’t call ghostbusters. Save your money and sanity and contact Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions. We have over 30 years of experience removing squirrels from the attics of homes and implementing solutions that help to ensure that the obnoxious problem doesn’t ever return.

Are Squirrels in Your Home?
If so, now is the time to put an end to the problem before your attic becomes the acorn capital of your neighborhood. One of the first signs that squirrels are present is the sound of them scuttling across ceilings and through walls. Many people mistake this as an indicator of a rat problem, but a professional pest and animal control company can tell the difference between the situations.

If you suspect squirrels in the attic are creating their own little neighborhood there, it’s important to be proactive about the problem and contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to put together a plan to resolve the issue.
Whether you suspect that your home has squirrels in the attic or you know for a fact that squirrels are there, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will put together a plan of action to solve any issues you may be having.  To schedule a free inspection of your attic, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.