Squirrels In Your Attic In Bartlett TN

Do you have squirrels in your attic in Bartlett TN?

Please know that you are not at all alone if you happen to discover that you have squirrels in the attic of your home. At Apex Wildlife Control one of the main wildlife problems we get calls about are squirrels in the attic. These uninvited, unwanted invaders to your home may be small, but they can create a lot of racket and cause a great deal of costly damage.

Indications You Have Squirrels In Your Attic in Bartlett TN

Some signs to look for should you suspect that there are squirrels in your attic would be chewed holes the size of baseballs or smaller. Squirrels may also be seen running around on your roof, too. From inside your home you may hear them running around or here chewing or scratching noises coming from overhead. This can take place in the attic or walls, and once squirrels manage to get into your attic they are able to travel throughout your home.

 

What Happens If A Squirrel Gets Stuck In A Wall?

Sometimes squirrels lose their footing and fall through the wall insulation or into small crevices where they become stuck. If sounds of scratching, crying, or screeching noises start to emit from the bottom of your wall then there is a chance that an animal is most likely trapped. If the animal cannot be rescued quickly it can die from exhaustion and de-hydration.

As sad as this may seem the situation can get much worse. A dead animal will start to smell as the carcass starts to decompose. The carcass can develop maggots, and attract flies and other wildlife. The foul stench will permeate your entire home and take several weeks to a couple months for the smell to dissipate. For a large animal that has died during warm weather it could take longer for the smell to go away. In the majority of cases we are able to remove the animal carcass, and disinfect and deodorize the area to remove the smell. It should be noted, however, that the smell can still take several days to fully go away.

Squirrels Attract Other Animals To Your Attic

Squirrels can attract other predator wildlife to your home if the predators are close by and happen to be hungry. It is not uncommon for raccoons and rats to find their way into an attic once a squirrel has gained access. During summer months the squirrel activity will primarily take place during the early morning hours or when the sun goes down. Squirrels will generally leave an attic when the temperature in the attic gets too hot during daytime. Squirrels are most active during the day, but it is possible to hear them moving around at night. During winter months squirrels stay in their nests for warmth and are not very active. They can still be heard in the attic and you may see the hole they are entering your home through. The squirrels are just not be seen outside of your home as much in winter.

Squirrel Breeding And Gestation

The squirrel breeding season takes place around December and January. You may be witness to several male squirrels chasing a female squirrel around like a game of tag. This is when the loud noises begin. Once mated, the gestation period is approximately 40 days. This allows the female plenty of time to search for a place to nest if she has not already found one. Squirrels prefer to build their nests in attics because attics are quiet, safe, and warm. Attics provide safety from predators and shelter from the weather.

Squirrels typically average 3-4 babies per litter and deliver their young in the Spring. The babies stay in the nest for approximately 3 months before they are weaned and begin to explore outside with their mother. Once the babies are weaned they become much more active, and they can get pretty noisy.

What Kind Of Squirrels Are In The Attic Of Your Home?

Whenever someone calls our office we ask specific questions to help determine if the caller knows the animal species involved. We ask questions such as what time of the day or night do are you hearing noises? This will help determine the type of squirrel or rodent involved. Some species of squirrels are active at night while others are more active during the day.

Gray squirrels, for example, are more active during the day. Flying squirrels on the other hand are nocturnal making them mostly active at night. We also ask if you have seen squirrels go into your attic. People will often assume the wildlife animal invading their attic is a squirrel because they have seen squirrels outside. What we think we hear can sometimes be completely different than what is actually happening. It is possible to have a quiet raccoon in your attic! There can be multiple wildlife species living in your attic. It is not at all uncommon to find evidence of rats, squirrels, and raccoons in an attic.

Typical Questions We Ask And Why We Need To Know

After we ask about the types of sounds you are hearing then we want to understand the condition of your home.

Have you noticed a lot of holes in the wood?

Do you see any places that have chew marks?

Do you have a lot of rotted wood?

These questions all have a purpose. When we ask about holes we are also looking for the size of the hole. Squirrels tend to make baseball size holes. If someone calls in describing the hole as bigger than a baseball it is most likely a raccoon. If it is the size of a golf ball it could be a flying squirrel. Even smaller holes could indicate roof rats or mice.

Squirrel Trapping And Exclusion Process

Following determination of the wildlife species involved we will begin the trapping and exclusion process. The trapping process varies depending on animal species involved. Normally the trapping process can be completed in one to two weeks. This is the time to determine whether or not to seal your home from wildlife re-entry.

One thing that can slow down the exclusion process is if there is rotted wood on the home. Rotted wood can be a big problem that is very costly to fix. It is always good to know if rotted wood is present or abundant before we inspect your home.

You May Need Carpentry Work So Be Prepared

Our company does not perform major carpentry work or repairs to wood that is rotted. If there is a lot of carpentry work to be done then we will ask that you schedule a carpenter to assess your home and make the necessary repairs to the wood first before we begin the exclusion process. This is because the wood foundation needs to be strong and sturdy before the home can be sealed. The main goal with exclusion work is to seal the small gaps, secure vents, and patch up the smaller holes. We cannot secure any of our work to something that might easily fall apart or be chewed through by animal wildlife.

So, if you have squirrels in your attic in Bartlett TN, call Apex Wildlife Control at (901) 598-8555 and let us help you with your wildlife needs. We strive to provide the highest quality work and to always have satisfied customers that can be confident that our work is going to last!

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