Squirrels are an interesting breed of creature. Many people like to view them since they race around in the yard and trees, carrying their food, playing, building houses, etc.. They are commonly viewed raiding a bird feeder and many people has had fun watching the creative ways these creatures attempt to get to some bird feeders, even those with “squirrel guards” on them. Rarely do you find one that will do the job. I have personally observed squirrels leaping from high up in a tree to attempt to land on the bird feeder in the middle of the lawn, then they miss and return up the tree and do it again until they triumph. These are the creatures most individuals enjoy.
But there is a negative to these animals that many people, (maybe like yourself), don’t know, and that is the territorial side. Squirrels guard their land and mark it in their own distinct way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals mark their land by leaving pee in places. Squirrels do too but they also tend to chew on items, namely houses. This is a way to mark their territory on your house or someone else’s. Sometimes not a major spot, but just enough to show this is their area.
The other reason that they chew a lot is because of a fact not widely known of squirrels and that is their teeth continually grow. They don’t stop growing like our teeth. If they did not chew on things which are hard, their teeth would grow in a half circle and eventually be so long they could not eat and they would starve to death. Wood is a good hard material and your home usually is full of it. This is the time I generally get called in for squirrel control.
I receive a call that goes like this. I hear noises in my attic, I normally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at several times, and then right about dark I hear a lot of noise. Then it quiets down just a couple of hours after dark, do you know what this kind of sound might be?”
I say, “Yes, that sounds like squirrels, they usually spend their day out and around, occasionally visiting their den site (your attic) at different times, then return at night since their major predators like hawks, owls, etc are commonly outside hunting. What I can do for you is come out and do a review for $XXX and ascertain exactly what the sound is and figure out where they entered your dwelling. At that time I will install squirrel traps, generally within the hole along with a couple baited traps with a system that works well for me. When squirrels are captured and I want to make a trip back it’s $XXX for every trip back. I will at that time provide you with a quote for repairs in which the entrance point is to ensure this problem does not happen again.
Once inside they find that an attic is similar to a glorified hollow tree, much warmer, much safer, so that they take up residence and don’t pay you rent. You hear the sound, and wonder what’s going on up there, and they’re naturally curious and will sometimes wonder what’s happening down there and then chew a hole just to look and then seal it up with insulating material that is available. It generally doesn’t mean they’re moving into the living area.
Squirrels may be controlled when they are chewing on your home and gaining entry in the attic. The very best and safest way to solve the dilemma is to contact Sarasota Animal Services.