Squirrels are a type of rodent that is indigenous to America, Eurasia and Africa. They are a common pest as they can cause problems in and around the home. If you think you have a squirrel infestation then you will need to hire an infestation specialist to come and remove them humanely; failure to do so could result in additional damage to your property and electrical wiring. Squirrels can also transmit a number of diseases which can cause health problems for you and your family. Apart from a visual sighting there are several other ways that you can identify whether you have a problem. This article takes a look at some of the most common signs of a squirrel infestation, plus it also explains what you can do to resolve the problem.
You can start by taking a look in areas that squirrels will be likely to live and nest. This includes warm and covered areas, such as in the attic of your home. Take a look for squirrel droppings or urine. The droppings will vary depending on the type of squirrels that live in your area, but squirrel droppings are typically brown, oval-shaped and approximately 1/2 an inch long. If you spot any form of faecal matter then you should avoid touching it, and instead call in some infestation experts who will be able to remove it safely.
Listen out for any abnormal noises within your home. Flying squirrels are active during the nighttime, whereas grey squirrels are active during the day. Make note of any chipping or scratching sounds that you can hear. Again this will typically come from warm, dry areas, such as in the attic, in vents or even in the walls of your home.
Squirrels are notorious for chewing and gnawing through wood and insulation. Inspect both the interior and exterior of your property for any signs of damage, such as scratch marks or gnawing marks. Keep your eyes out for any greasy marks that are located around these areas too. Also look out for areas where squirrels may have made holes through the walls or insulation in order to create an entrance into your home.
If you are still unsure as to whether you have an infestation problem then it is worth hiring in an expert for peace of mind. They will have the tools and expertise to be able to identify any problems that you have and then provide you with a humane solution to eradicate the problem in the best way possible. What may appear to be a squirrel infestation could actually be another form of animal infestation, such as a mouse, rat or even raccoon infestation.
At Sande Wildlife Control we have a team of highly qualified experts who are able to serve the Greater Toronto Area. You can contact us via our handy online form, by telephone or by email and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have or schedule you in for a booking.