Homeowners do not know their roof line the way a squirrel would. The comfort and security of that dark, cavernous space, right underneath your roof, is the ideal spot for squirrels to take up residence.
If your attic is accessible, squirrels will investigate your attic.
If your attic suitable, squirrels will claim it!
Homeowners who find they have squirrels in the attic will not only suffer with the noise above, but the damages caused to their home. Chewing, scratching and assigning portions of the attic as a latrine, all add up to intolerable issues at home.
Although loved and hated in equal measure across the US, all can agree that squirrels are highly intelligent, diligent and won't stop chewing! These are three characteristics that make trying to coax squirrels out of attics so difficult.
A simple 'squirrel in attic' search will bring up numerous methods of removal. What if you didn't actually have to remove squirrels from your attic? What if all you needed to do was convince the squirrels your attic is completely undesirable? This seems impossible, but isn't! You CAN evict squirrels from your home with a quick installation.
Squirrels are rodents and members of the Sciuridae family. This family includes: tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, groundhogs, flying squirrels and prairie dogs. More than 200 squirrel species are indigenous worldwide, except to Antarctica and Australia. However, two types of squirrels (Grey Squirrel and Palm Squirrel) were introduced to Australia and reside there now.
For the gray squirrel, you will hear movement at dusk and at dawn. Squirrels will leave the attic during the warmer parts of the day. During cooler temperatures, you may report hearing much more noise. Scurrying about in the attic, scratching and chewing are common reported noises. Squirrels will work diligently on your home and try to remain as undetected as possible when it comes to gaining access to your home.
Flying squirrels, on the other hand, are nocturnal and will be active through the night. They are much smaller than the gray squirrel and can fit in tiny crevices around your attic. You may hear chewing and scratches from them as well. Flying squirrels live together in much larger numbers, so the noise levels will be high! Groups can contain up to 10-15 adults.
Perhaps you've moved to a house that is new to you. You may have no idea that there are well-established squirrels in your attic. Odor is another tell-tale sign of squirrels in the attic. Squirrels will use portions of the attic as their bathroom and this scent will be noticeable. Even if you do not hear the squirrels, if there is a foul odor coming from the attic or seeping through a particular room, this means you have or have had tenants in the attic. Flying squirrels will also cause an odor from defecating/urinating in your attic.
If you find a large mound made up of loosely placed twigs, leaves, shredded paper goods and your own insulation, this is a squirrel nest.
Flying squirrels use softer all-natural materials to make their nests like lichen and leaves.
In their natural habitat, squirrels live in trees. They either choose a hole in a tree to call home, or build their nests up high, securely between branches.
Attics are high, dark, warm, and rarely disturbed areas. Attics offer security from the elements and predators. An attic is an ideal space for squirrels to set up a warm home, store food, and raise a family. Squirrels inhabit attics because of accessibility and security.
Squirrels can jump five feet in the air, and 10 feet from one point across to another. Now consider how a squirrel deals with obstacles. A squirrel can pull apart terra cotta and slate roofs. A squirrel can chew straight through good quality shingles and sturdy wood to gain access to your house. Aluminum fascia capping and louvered aluminum gable vents are not impenetrable to a squirrel. Brick is not impenetrable either. Have a loose chimney brick? Squirrels may spot this fault and push that brick in to gain entry. Squirrels will chew a hole in the high, hard to reach parts of your roof.
How small does a hole have to be for a squirrels to enter? A squirrel can move through a hole about the size of a US Quarter. Flying Squirrels can fit through a hole the size of a US Nickle. Squirrels will widen these holes to make moving in and out easier. They will also mark these holes as their territory.
Squirrels have the biting power of 22,000 pounds per square inch. They have deep masseter muscles that facilitate this strong gnawing ability. Couple that squirrel trait with their evergrowing teeth, and you can see why the squirrel is not only able to chew through some incredible material, but it must chew! When you have teeth that are continuously growing, you have to keep them in check. Therefore, gnawing through materials is a must. Vents, pipes, shingles, fans, bricks, wood beams, and unfortunately live wires are all susceptible to squirrel gnawing and access.
Squirrels may enter your home through garage doors, walls, or simple stairs to move through your house. If you have an existing hole or loose component to your home, the chances of a squirrel testing it out are high.
You will hear squirrels scampering about your attic mainly at dusk and dawn. You will hear noises early morning, and again through the evening.
A squirrel may work alone or in a group to access your attic. If working in a group, these squirrels will work in shifts. During the evening hours, squirrels will mainly chew from the inside of your attic to create their access point. Their goal is to have two secure points: one entry hole and one exit. Sealing holes will not deter a squirrel from coming back in! They will make more holes if necessary.
Squirrels move into attics when the weather starts to cool. Squirrels need to prepare for the Winter season. Because squirrels mate in early Winter and produce offspring by late Spring, they will be doing their best to set up their home in your house. From Fall (sometimes late Summer) into Spring, is the stretch of time you will hear the most activity in your attic if squirrels are present.
The average squirrel litter consists of four babies. A second litter in mid summer is not uncommon.
Is it possible to end a squirrels' prolonged stay in an attic? Yes! By following this guide, you will not only evict the squirrels currently living in your attic, you will keep squirrels from coming back in the future.
With any squirrel problem, you should first do the things that help your situation. Removing any bird feeders, securing garbage cans, and cutting tree limbs away from your roofline will all help you make your attic less accessible and less suitable.
Next, determine how many Evictor® Strobe Lights will take care of your attic or crawlspace. Each 10K unit covers 300 square feet.
Remember, squirrels (especially with babies) can be aggressive. Before entering your attic, knock on the attic door or ceiling area to alert the squirrels. If there is a drop staircase, slap it against the ceiling a few times before entering the attic. The noise will scare them away so that you can enter with no issue. Shine a flash-light into the attic or crawlspace before entering.
Prepare Your Attic
In order for the Evictor® 10K strobe light units to work properly, the space must be as uncluttered and as dark as possible. No other light source should be present to interfere with the performance of this product while in use. If there are windows in the attic, tape cardboard over them to block off any outside light.
Do not seal the Entrance/Exit holes! Allow the squirrels to enter and see the Evictor® in use is necessary. Exposure to the strobe light trains squirrels to hate your home and discourages gnawing and further property damage. Squirrels will lose interest in your home and move on.
The Evictor® Strobe Light was created to finally solve long-term, seemingly impossible, nuisance wildlife jobs. The Evictor® has helped both the DIY homeowner and top-notch professionals alike. The Evictor® is the only method to rid attics of squirrels without harming or coming into contact with the animal. Traps are not necessary!
The Evictor® evicts squirrel, and keeps them out for good.
When you install the Evictor®, you are disrupting the squirrels' surroundings. The Evictor® does not emit heat nor noise; it will not harm the squirrels.
Think of the Evictor® as a training tool. When the squirrel sees that your attic is no longer a desirable place to stay, it will move on. No harm done!
Thirty days after your strobe light installation, close the holes. However, you want to leave a small opening for the squirrels to see inside your previously occupied attic/crawl space. This way, whenever a squirrel ventures back to your house, a view of the strobe light is a reminder that this is one place they do not want to go.
To accelerate their move out and encourage living outdoors, it is recommended you install a squirrel box. These boxes provide a quick place to call home, rather than having the squirrels build an entirely new nest.
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