There are several species of squirrel, but tree squirrels are the the most common nuisance for homeowners because they inhabit atticsand cause damage. Squirrels are typically discovered because they make a lot of noise in the area they inhabit.
Squirrels are abundant in the wild because their numbers far exceed the number of predators. The large population and decreasing natural habitat due to construction in many areas causes them to seek shelter in houses. The cool months of fall and winter cause squirrels to seek the warmth that is found in attics.
Control & Prevention
Controlling tree squirrels is a challenging task. Since many of the species are protected, it’s advised to consult local conservation offices before starting. Finding entry points is a mandatory first step. After determining how squirrels are entering the structure, their schedule and habits inside should be noted. Be sure to identify the number of squirrels and if they have young nesting. Often, squirrels will burrow under insulation to nest, so discovery may not be easy. Exclusion can often be accomplished by using wire cloth to keep squirrels out.
Squirrels can be a challenge to control. It’s advised that a professional be contacted to handle the situation.