Have you heard the pitter patter of little feet in your attic? How about scratching, squeaking or scampering noises? If you’ve heard sounds like these in your attic, you could very easily have a problem with squirrels. In the fall, squirrels in St. Louis and throughout Missouri are looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter and your attic may seem like the tropics. Many different wild animals may try to enter your St. Louis home during the wintertime, but you will know that you have squirrels if they are mainly active during the daytime, as most other wild animals tend to be nocturnal. If you do determine that you have squirrels in your attic, you should know that having them inside your home is bad news. They can be serious threats to both your structure and your health.
WHY ARE SQUIRRELS IN YOUR HOME?
Squirrels are known to take refuge in an attic to give birth to their young, so having one or two squirrels in your home could quickly turn into more.
They are excellent climbers and can easily enter an attic by climbing onto a home from the trees surrounding the structure.
Your home is dry, safe and warm. If squirrels are in search of the perfect place to spend the winter and they can find a way in, they will enter your home without hesitation.
WHAT KINDS OF DANGERS DO SQUIRRELS POSE?
Squirrels are members of the rodent family and therefore are known for chewing to keep their teeth short. They will chew through wood and other materials in your structure to get into your home and may even chew through electrical wires or plumbing pipes.
By chewing through electrical wires, they can cause power outages inside a home and can also cause fires.
By chewing through plumbing pipes, they can cause leaks, which can eventually cause serious water damage inside your home.
Squirrels can pose health threats to humans and pets with the parasites they carry on their fur and the droppings they leave behind that can cause Salmonella and Leptospirosis in humans.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF SQUIRRELS IN YOUR ATTIC?
You don’t want to just wait for them to leave on their own; if your home offers the right elements for squirrels to happily thrive in your environment, they have no reason to leave. It can be difficult to get rid of squirrels in your attic, but it’s not impossible.
First, you need to locate the area where they are getting in. In these areas you can install a one-way exclusion door so that when they exit your home, they can’t get back inside.
You can also install cage traps on the roof and areas under eaves, but these methods are not fully effective.
There are also DIY chemicals and other treatments available at hardware stores, but these can be dangerous to your health and that of your family if mixed incorrectly or applied carelessly.
The best way to get rid of squirrels in your home is to contact the knowledgeable St. Louis pest control and wildlife removal professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our wildlife management technicians can locate the areas of entry and help eliminate the squirrels within your home quickly and effectively.
SQUIRREL PREVENTION TIPS FROM THE ST. LOUIS PEST CONTROL AND WILDLIFE REMOVAL PROS
What can you do to make sure that squirrels don’t come back? There are a few things! You want to make your home as inhospitable as possible to pests like squirrels, making sure they don’t have access to food and water.
Try to eliminate ways for squirrels to access your home. If there are tall trees with branches that are near your roof, cut them back. If there is a ‘bridge’ to your home, squirrels will use it to gain entry.
Seal up any holes created by squirrels and any other vulnerable places in the exterior of your structure. Install heavy-duty steel screens behind vents and look to rectify any other possible entry points.
This blog was originally published on February 17, 2013, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating wildlife problems.