Squirrels are playful, inquisitive, and adventurous daredevils. They are amazing acrobats, climbers, gatherers, and survivors in their natural habitats. The problem is that the same qualities that make them amazing survivors are the same ones that make them highly effective at gaining access to our homes, buildings, and structures. When breeding time (twice a year) comes, they seek the warmth and shelter that can be found both high and low, in attics, wall spaces, and crawlspaces. They can leap from tree branches, chew and gnaw through small openings, and tunnel through exposed areas.
Squirrels can damage these areas by leaving fecal material and waste, tearing up the insulation, and gnawing through wood, plaster, and cables.
In the outdoors, when the cooler weather arrives and squirrels prepare for winter, they become a landscaper/caretaker’s doom by digging holes throughout our yards to store their nuts and seeds.
How to Know When you Have a Squirrel Problem
Fortunately, the same scurrying that squirrels do in your yards and properties, is the same noise they will make moving behind your walls. That said, they are not as easily spotted in attics and crawlspaces, as they will their nests inside of your insulation. As with other wildlife problems, fecal and waste materials are common indicators.
- Moreso than with other wildlife, keep tree limbs trimmed and a good distance from your structure. Squirrels are amazing jumpers which gives them easy access to the higher openings in your home or building.
- Keep all openings well sealed or at least tightly screened. This includes doors, windows, exhaust vents, chimneys, crawlspaces, and other access areas.
- Keep food sources out of temptation’s reach.
- Avoid chicken coops and small wildlife pens in your yards. They are welcome mats for squirrels and MANY other unwanted furry critters.