It’s not uncommon for squirrels to nest in people’s homes. Like us, they would rather be indoors. Squirrels can feel the warm air that escapes your attic and can even smell the food you cook. Attics and other human habitats provide squirrels with places to nest above ground, safe from predators. Nests that still have babies within them however can be tricky to remove. Handling them yourself could result in injury and separating a mother from her young risks damaging your property further. If there are young squirrels on your property and you want them gone, call the professionals
Squirrels are furry little rodents with pointed ears and long, bushy tails. As omnivores, they enjoy a varied diet of seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, insects, and fungi. Unlike other rodents, like rats and mice, squirrels are up during the day and asleep at night. If there are squirrels in your home, you may hear them scratching and squealing during the early hours of the morning and in the evening. Female squirrels often invade people’s homes in late winter and early summer when looking for a place to raise their young. They get inside by taking advantage of holes in the roof or chewing their way through an opening. Once inside, squirrels usually nest within the attic.
If you found some baby squirrels in your home, you should leave them alone and call a wildlife removal company for help. A technician will perform an inspection in which he or she will look for the entrance the mother has been using, then devise a plan to safely remove the animals from the home. He or she will most likely install a one-way door to the entrance, but only once the babies have grown old enough to be on their own. Separating a mother from her babies could result in further damage to the roof as she tries to reach her young. Depending on the situation, the technician may install a one-way door and retrieve the babies once the mother has left. The baby squirrels will then be placed next to the nesting site for the mother to come get them and find a new place to nest.
Once the babies have been removed, you should consider squirrel-proofing your home to prevent this from happening again. Remove bird feeders and fallen fruit from the yard, and switch to lidded garbage cans. Cut tree branches a few feet away from the roof. Then, take a look at your roof and make all necessary repairs. The professional you hired to remove the squirrels can cover things like roof vents and chimneys with a galvanized steel mesh. He or she can also strengthen vulnerabilities with mesh or caulking, such as soffit gaps and the spaces behind the gutters.
If you are dealing with a squirrel problem on your property, call a professional pest removal company for help. It is not recommended that you remove a squirrel’s nest yourself because squirrels can be aggressive, and they risk transmitting diseases when they get too close.