To escape predators and the elements, squirrels will often nest in the attics of residential homes in search of food, shelter, and safety. Although they are generally harmless critters, squirrels can be just as destructive to homes as other rodents such as rats and mice. With their penchant for gnawing-down their incessantly-growing incisors, squirrels can cause serious internal damage to the integrity of a home.
To prevent costly repairs, here are some ways you can tell if squirrels are nesting in your home.
How Squirrels Access Your Home
Squirrels commonly gain access to homes through cracks and holes in roofing materials, foundations, pipes, and chimneys. Vulnerable roof vents and damaged shingles can provide squirrels convenient back and forth entry to the attic, allowing them to forage food during the day and return to your home at night.
Common Signs of a Squirrel Infestation
The longer squirrels live inside your home, the harder it is to remove the infestation. You can tell you have a squirrel infestation if:
- You smell an unpleasant, ammonia-like odor in your home.
- You hear squeaks and rustling sounds coming from inside your walls or attic.
- You notice chewed interior wood, walls, and wiring.
- You notice dark droppings in or around your attic.
- You see soiled or trampled insulation in your attic.
- You spot a large number of squirrels gathered outside your home or on your roof.
- You view exterior chew holes on walls, wooden surfaces, or roof vents.
If you notice any of these signs of a squirrel infestation, contact professional squirrel removal experts immediately.
Effective Squirrel Removal Methods
If squirrels have accessed your home, Critter Control® of Orlando can help with our safe and effective squirrel removal process. Through our CritterSafe® program, we offer fast and permanent squirrel removal solutions. Our technicians practice non-lethal, humane exclusion methods to remove squirrels from your property and prevent an infestation from returning. We will also clean and repair any unsanitary mess or damage caused by the squirrels.
Trusted Squirrel Removal Services in Orlando
If you have a squirrel infestation, contact the licensed and trained squirrel removal professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando to quickly, effectively, and permanently evict your unwanted rodent guests. For more information regarding our squirrel removal services or to schedule an inspection and receive a free estimate, please call us today at 407-295-7194.