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We are in the thick of winter, and temperatures are frigid. Not only do we as humans want to avoid spending time outside, but pests do as well. One pest we are going to discuss today are squirrels. They can wreak havoc if they find a way into your attic. Dave’s Pest Control is here to talk about tips to help you keep squirrels out of your attic this winter.

How Do I Know if I Have Squirrels in My Attic?

If you have a family of squirrels living in your attic, it won’t take long before you will know it. Here are some signs that indicate you have a squirrel problem in your attic:
1. Scratching & Tapping Sounds– If you have any squirrels living in your attic, you will most likely hear them. This is the number one way you will know they are there. They are usually the most active at dawn and dusk. You will hear them rustling about up there.
2. Squirrel Smells & Smells– As squirrels build their nests in your attic, they will start to urinate and drop feces up there as well. If you don’t hear them, you will definitely start to smell them if they are up there long enough. If you have one that dies up there, it will start to smell as well and cause big problems for you.
3. Squirrel Nests– You may actually find their nest if you poke your head up there to take a look. It will look like twigs, leaves, bits of paper, and possibly your insulation loosely piled on top to create a nest.

How to Avoid Squirrels in Your Attic

There are some preventative measures you can take to keep squirrels out of your attic this winter. Here is a list of things that need to be done to keep them out.
1. Seal up any holes that they can crawl through in the eaves of your house. Don’t underestimate how small the hole is. They can squeeze through very small holes to gain access.
2. Trim the trees that are near your home. Don’t leave any branches closer than six feet from your house. Squirrels are excellent jumpers and will jump right onto your roof.
3. Cover any attic vents with high quality screens. If you choose screens that made from thin wire, squirrels can more than likely chew right through it.
4. Store your trash properly. If you don’t have lids that fit your trash cans tightly, the trash will attract squirrels as well as other wildlife that can cause problems around your home.

Squirrel Removal from Attic

If you suspect that you have a squirrel problem in your attic, don’t try to take care of the problem on your own. A professional pest control company like Dave’s Pest Control has years of experience handling squirrel infestations with the proper tools to get the job done. You don’t want to find yourself battling a squirrel infestation any longer than you have to. Call us today!