Squirrels are a mainstay in yards across the entire country, as their tree-living abilities often bring them into nearby contact with humans.
They’re also known for their love of nuts which is just about the only thing that brings them down from their perches in trees.
But when it comes to living other places than trees, they can pose issues for homeowners concerned with squirrels entering their domicile.
If that is a concern, here are a few quick signs to look for to see whether squirrels are on their way in.
Listen For Sounds
First and most obvious, listen for any scurrying, scratching or squeaking sounds coming from the walls or ceilings.
If you don’t hear anything, that’s a good sign, but if you do, that means there’s a rodent infestation on your hands.
It could be mice as well, but as larger squirrels try to move around the tight quarters of a home’s foundations, they can briefly get stuck and have to make a lot of noise scratching themselves free.
Possible Squirrel Entry Points
You should also examine your home for any possible entry points for a squirrel.
Doing this as a preventative measure can help keep vermin out in the first place, so try to make it a regular item on your list, as it could save you a lot of time and headaches down the road.
Like any other rodent, squirrels have powerful teeth and will chew through strong material if they are dedicated enough. Outer panels and siding are popular ways for squirrels to sneak in, although shingles are the easiest way for squirrels to enter a home.
A determined squirrel can gnaw through shingles to gain access to the attic, their most popular spot in a home.
While keeping an eye out for entry points and an ear out for suspicious sounds, also keep your nose prepared for any strange smells.
Squirrels are smelly, and if they are living inside, their food and waste products can begin to change the way a home smells. It can be difficult to find squirrels this way, but is can work too.
This situation only compounds itself if a squirrel ends up dying inside, and it’s only then that many homeowners discover an animal had been living there without them knowing.
Call Animal Shumaker if You Think Squirrels are Inside Your Home
If you think you these squirrel symptoms indicate they are inside your home, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you.
Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves.
All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.