Squirrelly Invaders: How to Keep These Invasive Pests from Hiding in Your Attic

Squirrels can be adorable with their bushy tails and acorn-stuffed cheeks. If you have squirrels in your attic, though, you might start to think otherwise. Their noisy, destructive habits often make squirrel control a must. The Advanced IPM team of pest control pros has helped make squirrel invasions a thing of the past for our customers. We’re passing along these tips to help protect your home and family.

Squirrel Dangers

A squirrel infestation can bring a host of hazards to your family’s health. Among the many reasons for squirrel control is their tendency to carry ticks, fleas, and other parasites. Their urine and droppings can carry dangerous diseases. These avid chewers can even start electrical fires by gnawing on wires in your attic or walls.

Why Are There Squirrels In My Attic?

Squirrels look for places to have babies and raise them in safety and comfort. To make matters worse, they may attract other squirrels by stashing nuts in the walls of your home. Once they’ve found a desirable place to live, they may even work in groups to gnaw their way in. These powerful chewers are also expert climbers and jumpers, scaling walls in a matter of minutes. Tree branches near the home provide even easier access for these furry acrobats.

Preventive Pest Control for Squirrels

Trim branches or remove trees located next to your house. Install a chimney cap to prevent entry through the fireplace, and place mesh covers over all vents. If you hear scurrying sounds in your attic, you may already have squirrels in the house. Make your home less attractive by leaving a radio near the attic door that’s set to a station with human voices—like a talk show—to deter them from entering.

However, don’t approach squirrels in your home. They are territorial and may bite, especially when babies are nearby. Call your local squirrel control pros to properly eliminate an infestation. When it’s safe to head upstairs, use a mask and gloves while cleaning up any urine or feces.

Make Your Home a Rodent-Free Zone

Advanced IPM provides effective wildlife and pest control that’s suited for your family and pets. If you live in Northern California or Northern Nevada and have squirrels in your attic, contact us today. Our friendly technicians will restore order to your home after an infestation. We’ll also provide you with the knowledge you need to prevent future invasions.