Squirrels In Your Attic In Collierville TN

Indications You Have Squirrels In Your Attic in Collierville TN

Some indications that you may have squirrels in your attic are chewed holes the size of baseballs or smaller. You may also see squirrels running around on your roof. Inside your home, you may hear them running around, chewing or making scratching noises above your head. This can take place in the attic or even in the walls. Once squirrels get into your attic, they can travel throughout your entire home.


What Happens If A Squirrel Gets Stuck In A Wall?

This is especially bad because squirrels can become stuck or lose their footing and fall into small crevices. If you hear scratching, crying or screeching noises at the bottom of your wall, a squirrel is most likely trapped. If the squirrel is not rescued quickly, it can die from de-hydration and exhaustion. 

As sad as this is, it can get worse. If a squirrel dies in your wall, it will start to smell as it decomposes. This decomposition also attracts flies and other wildlife. You will have a repugnant smell that will permeate your entire home. This odor can take several weeks to a couple months to dissipate. If it is a large squirrel and the weather is warm, it could take even longer to get the smell out. Fortunately, in most cases we are able to remove the squirrel and deodorize the area to remove the odor. However, it can still take several days for the smell to fully leave. 

Squirrels Attract Other Animals To Your Attic

Squirrels can also attract nearby predators if they are hungry. It is not uncommon to have raccoons and rats get into an attic once a squirrel finds its way in. During summer months, the most squirrel activity will be early in the morning or when the sun is going down. Squirrels will leave your attic when it gets too hot during a summer day. Squirrels are most active during the day, but you may hear them at night. During the winter months, squirrels stay in their nests to keep warm and are not very active. However, you may still hear them moving around in the attic. You may see holes where they are entering, but they are not seen outside of your home as much.

Squirrel Breeding And Gestation

Squirrels will mate around December or January. You may see several male squirrels chasing the female squirrel like a game of tag. This is when the loud noises begin. Once they have mated, the female’s gestation period is about 40 days. This gives her plenty of time to start on her nest if she doesn’t already have one. Squirrels like to build nests in attics because an attic is quiet and secluded. 

Your attic keeps the squirrels away from predators and out of the weather. The squirrels typically have their young in the springtime. The babies will stay in the nest for up to three months before they start to explore outside. Squirrels have about three babies in an average litter. Once the baby squirrels become active, it can get pretty noisy.

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

When clients call, we like to ask questions to determine the species we are dealing with. We first need to see if all the signs point to the species in the attic being squirrels. We ask questions such as, “when do you hear noises?” This helps us to determine the type of squirrel or rodent we are dealing with. Depending on the species, some squirrels are active at night and some during the day. 

For example, gray squirrels are mostly active during the day, while flying squirrels are active at night. Flying squirrels are nocturnal. Another question we ask is “have you seen squirrels go into your attic?” Sometimes people assume it is a squirrel because they have seen them outside. What we think we hear can be completely different than what is actually going on. You could possibly have a quiet raccoon in your attic! Sometimes there are actually multiple species living in an attic. It is not uncommon for us to find rat, squirrel and raccoon evidence in an attic. 

Typical Questions We Ask And Why We Need To Know

After we ask about the type of sounds, then we want to understand the condition of your home. 

Do you have a lot of holes in the wood? 

Have you seen chew marks?

Is there 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

Once we know the species we are dealing with, we can proceed further. Following a positive identification, we can begin the trapping and exclusion process. The trapping process will vary depending on the species. However, we normally have the process completed in one to two weeks. Now it is time to see about fixing your home up and sealing it from wildlife re-entry. One thing that can slow things down is if you have rotted wood on your home. Rotted wood can be a big problem and is sometimes very costly to fix. It is always good to know if rotted wood is abundant before we come out. 

You May Need Carpentry Work So Be Prepared

Apex Wildlife Control does not fix rotted wood or do any major carpentry work. If there is a lot that needs to be done, we ask that you have a carpenter come out to assess your home and fix those areas first. The foundation needs to be strong and sturdy before we seal the home. Our main focus with exclusion work is sealing up the small gaps, securing vents and patching up smaller holes. If there is rotted wood around your home, it needs to be repaired before we perform exclusion. We cannot secure any of our work to something that could fall apart or be easily chewed through.

So, if you have squirrels in your attic in Collierville TN, give us a call today! 

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