Some unwanted house guests won’t take a hint. Squirrels, for example, can be difficult to budge once they’ve found a comfortable place to nest within the walls of your home. These cute and tiny members of the rodent family may seek shelter during adverse weather conditions through access points in walls, roofs or foundations. Once inside, they may remain invisible to the eye, but homeowners will know they are around. Here are some of the tell-tale indications that you may have a squirrel infestation:
- Squirrel urine and feces leave a distinct musty odor. On occasion, animals may also die between walls leading to further unpleasant odors.
- Droppings (see smell above). Waste can be corrosive to certain building materials and is also a source of bacteria and disease.
- Squirrels have sharp teeth to gnaw through insulation, wiring and even drywall and wood to find food and nesting materials. The mess they leave behind is not just annoying; it can create a fire hazard.
- You may hear scampering feet, squeaks and other sounds coming from the attic or between walls and under floorboards. If a nesting area gets too crowded, you may hear the sounds of fighting as well. You may find yourself waking in the night as a result.
Squirrels in the house are not just a smelly, noisy nuisance. As carriers of disease such as leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and rabies, they can pose a real health threat to you and your family. For these reasons, homeowners with young children may not want squirrels anywhere on the property. Outbuildings and garages, as well as large trees in close proximity to human food supplies (i.e., garbage) are also attractive to squirrels.
If you have (or think you have) a squirrel problem in your home or around your property, don’t waste time with DIY solutions that usually don’t work. Why not let the trained rodent removal experts at Critter Control Siesta Key deal with the issue once and for all? They’ll not only safely and humanely remove unwanted animals; they’ll clean up the mess and advise homeowners on how to avoid future infestations. Call us today at 941-355-9511 for a complimentary consultation.