How do you know if you have a squirrel in your attic?

Squirrels often enter human homes in search for shelter or food. Since they are capable climbers, they can easily get into your attic, and it might take some time to be sure that you have this pest in your home. Even though most of us see squirrels as sweet, little and a welcoming addition to our property, it is true that squirrels can be carriers of dangerous diseases and can be destructors of your property, so it is advisable to act promptly as soon as you note the first signs of a squirrel presence in the attic. Keep on reading to discover what some signs are of a squirrel presence in your attic.

Squirrel Sounds
Squirrels are daytime animals, so you will not hear them a lot after sunset. However, during the day and especially in the morning you can hear lots of scratching and sounds of their communication (chirping, sort of). Squirrels are larger than rats or mice, so you will probably hear more noise from them.

Squirrel Scent
Even though squirrels are small animals, they nevertheless create lots of feces and urine that will in time pile up in your attic and start to reek out of it and into the rest of your home. It is also possible that a squirrel will create a home and have babies, and if one of the babies dies, it will start to decompose – and the smell of decomposition is even nastier than the smell of urine and feces.

Plus, you will most likely start seeing squirrel droppings in the attic and near it. Their droppings are the size of a raisin and oval in shape.

Squirrel nest
Squirrels usually enter human homes to create nests and to have their babies there. Squirrel nests are rather large, made of piles of different materials, some brought from outside and some from your attic. All of these elements will be put together in the attic and will be very visible when you search for it there.

Squirrel tracks
If you suspect from the above mentioned signs that you have a squirrel in the attic, you can verify it by putting a cardboard piece covered with flour on the suspected squirrel path. Squirrels will run through the flour and leave tracks of their paws there.

Squirrels easily chew their way through wood, so it will be no problem for them to get into your attic. Once you are sure they are there, contact the professionals and they will easily take care of them for you.

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How do you know if you have a squirrel in your attic?