Squirrel Damage on Homes

Squirrels are an interesting breed of animal. Many people like to see them as they race around in their yards and trees, carrying  things such as food, playing, building houses, etc.. They are generally seen raiding a bird feeder and many people have had fun viewing the creative ways these creatures attempt to get into a bird feeders, even those with “squirrel guards” onto them. I have personally observed squirrels jumping from high up in a tree to attempt to land on the bird feeder at the middle of the lawn, then they miss and go back up the tree and do it again until they triumph.

The Squirrel, Animal, Nature, AnimalsBut there’s a side to these animals that many people, (maybe like yourself), don’t know, and that is the territorial side. Squirrels guard their land and mark it their own distinct way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals mark their land by leaving urine in places. Squirrels chew on your house or someone else’s to mark their land. Sometimes not a major spot, but only enough to show that is their territory.

The other reason they chew a lot is that their teeth continually grow, they don’t quit growing like our teeth. If they did not chew on things that are hard, their teeth would grow in a half circle and become so long they could not eat and they’d starve to death. Wood is an excellent hard substance and your home usually is filled with it.  Chew marks on houses is the main reason I usually get called in for squirrel control. They want to eliminate squirrels in their attic.

“I hear noises in my attic, I normally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at several times and then right about dark I hear a whole lot of sound and then it quiets down just a couple hours after dark, do you know what this kind of noise may be?”

I say, “Yes, that sounds like squirrels, they generally spend their day out and about, sometimes visiting their den site (your attic) at various times, then return in through the night when their major predators like hawks, owls, etc are outside hunting. What I could do to you is come out and do an inspection for free and ascertain precisely what the sound is and figure out where they entered your home. At that point I will set up squirrel traps, generally within the hole and a couple baited traps using a system that works well for me. When squirrels are caught and I want to make a trip back it is $XXX for each trip back. I will at the time give you a quote for repairs where the entrance point is to make sure that this problem does not happen again.”

These squirrels feel the warmer atmosphere where flows air from your attic to the outside and begin to chew their way into the attic. Once inside they find that an attic is much like a glorified hollow tree, much warmer and safer, so they take up residence and do not pay you rent. You hear the noise, and wonder what is going on up there, and they’re naturally curious and will occasionally wonder what is happening down there and chew a small hole just to look and then seal it up with insulation that is available. It generally doesn’t mean they’re moving into the living room.

Squirrels may be controlled when they’re chewing on your house and gaining entry from the attic. Solve the problem by contacting Sarasota Animal Services.

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