Are Squirrels Living in Your Attic?

Do you hear noises up in your attic that are unexplainable? You may have visitors. Such as squirrels living in your cozy warm attic. There are many reasons why having squirrels in your home is not a good idea. The first one is they can do some major damage to one of your biggest investments – your home. It can cause you a lot of money to fix up what they have done. The second reason is a danger to your health. You’ll want to have an inspection to see if they are present and get rid of them as quickly as possible to prevent any damage.


Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. The earliest known squirrels date from the Eocene and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormouse among living species.


Squirrels are attracted to your attic because it provides them with a secluded haven and the needed warmth to keep them comfortable especially if it is cold outside.


Wildlife experts say that that when it comes to wildlife residential invaders, squirrels can inflict the most significant negative damage. Squirrels have sharp front teeth and chew on anything that they can find like  electrical wiring. This can be a fire hazard which can cause a house fire. Squirrels rip insulation apart to create their nests. They urinate and release droppings as if they are in the wild. Over time, the excrement, coupled with the rot from the damaged wood and ripped up insulation results in an unbearable musty odor which can run throughout your home. Liquid damage can seep through the ceiling to create discoloration patterns on your ceiling.

Another problem can be water leaks and damage from squirrels chewing on exterior walls, wood, etc. that seeps into your home which can be quite costly to repair. The best solution is to remove the squirrels from your home quickly. It can take only a few weeks for squirrels to rack up thousands of dollars of damage.

Inspection and Removal

If you think that you are dealing with a squirrel invasion, your best option is to get expert help to handle the situation quickly. They can provide a thorough inspection and upon detection of a rodent, they can remove them from your home. It will be important to seal up the entry points that the squirrels came in through.

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