Of the four squirrels that inhabit North Carolina, the eastern gray squirrel and the southern flying squirrel are most likely to enter your home. The fox squirrel’s range does include Wake County but they are not as common.
Although those bushy tails might be entertaining from afar, you don’t want to end up sharing your home with these stubborn rodents.
Generally, the most effective and humane way to remove a squirrel is a cage trap or a one-way door. We will not attempt to direct capture an adult squirrel. If we find kits in your attic, we will hand remove them. Occasionally we will apply squirrel deterrents, but application is usually inefficient and ineffective at long-term squirrel control.
Although it may be impossible to completely eliminate squirrels from your yard, you can take measures to protect the integrity of your home. Once the squirrels are out of your home, you can start using exclusion strategies to prevent future forrays from these furry friends. We repair any holes squirrels gnawed and seal any opennings with materials squirrels cannot gnaw through.
We remove the squirrel nest and clean up any debris from the squirrel. Santization agents disinfect feces and urine. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate any pests like ticks and fleas. Proper sanitation will prevent diseases. We can repair damage caused by the squirrel inside the home.
Squirrels in the House
Squirrels are agile climbers that are quite happy to be on your roof. They only need a hole the size of a quarter to squeeze inside, so any small opening around your house is a potential entry point.
Typically, squirrels will make themselves at home in your attic or chimney. But it’s not uncommon to hear them scurrying around in the walls. Squirrels forage throughout the day, so you’ll hear them moving around at dawn as they head out to collect food. Another place to find squirrels is in your crawl space. The shelter of your home is the perfect place to stay safe from predators at night.
Although it may be impossible to completely eliminate squirrels from your yard, you can take measures to protect the integrity of your home.
Clearing out debris in your yard will discourage squirrels from spending time near your home. A final tip is never to feed a squirrel! A handfed squirrel is often bold around humans, which makes it more likely to feel at home in your attic.
Signs of Squirrel Infestation
A squirrel infestation starts for an innocent reason — they just want a place to call home. But finding a place to rest their head often causes significant damage to your home.
The first signs of a squirrel include unidentifiable noises as they scamper through your attic and walls. If you notice strange noises, it’s time to look for more clues. When squirrels are in residence, you’ll often spot damaged insulation, chewed wires, and droppings. In many cases, squirrels will try to move in during the winter months to escape the cold weather. So, it’s important to be especially alert for these signs when the weather is changing.
Problems with Squirrels
Squirrels often choose to nest in your home when there is a litter on the way. The females can give birth to two litters each year, and your attic is a comfortable place to raise the litter. As they make use of your attic, their numbers can swell and lead to more problems.
Within your attic, they will tear insulation to suit their needs. Additionally, their habit of chewing on everything in sight can lead to damage to electrical wire, wooden beams, and more.
Homeowners are also at risk of contracting a disease while squirrels are living in the home. A few diseases you can catch from interactions with squirrels include salmonellosis, tularemia, leptospirosis, and rabies.
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