Squirrels Scratching in the Attic
One of the most common forest critters in North America are squirrels. Though they traditionally reside in dense forests filled with acorn and nut producing trees, they have grown accustomed to more suburban and urban environments. Where a thick and continuous canopy of trees provided squirrels with a means of travel, they have adapted to use power lines and rooftops. Instead of living in trees, squirrels have become fond of nesting right above our heads in attics where they can do thousands of dollars in property damage. We at Frontier Wildlife Removal will fill you in on how and why these furry creatures can be extremely invasive.
Squirrels have been known to burrow into attics because they keep them out of the claws of predators, provide excellent shelter from the elements, and have a great deal of room for storing food and nesting young. Squirrels’ exceedingly powerful teeth never stop growing which requires them to constantly chew them down. Their teeth are strong enough to munch through plastic, aluminum, and wood to make holes that they can clamber through. These holes can also let in rain and snow. This can lead to a great deal of property damage, but squirrels do much more than chew on things. Squirrels have litters of two to six babies twice a year and these young squirrels can’t leave their nest for about eight weeks. While they remain in the nest they chew, feed, burrow, and make quite a bit of noise.
Homeowners report the noises of scratching, chewing, and scampering peak in the early hours of the morning and these annoying sounds will only increase as the young squirrels mature. Frontier Wildlife Control will do everything we can to safely and humanely remove any squirrels you may have in your attic and take preventative measures to make sure that they never return. If you think you’re unwittingly a host to squirrel house guests, don’t hesitate to give us a call.