If you hear noises in your attic, odds are you have an uninvited guest! The Gray Squirrel is one of the most common wildlife pests in Virginia. Gray squirrels are diurnal (active during the day), although it is not uncommon to hear any given squirrel species during the day or night. Eastern Gray Squirrels have two breeding seasons per year and most breeding occurs in the months of December through February and May through June. Females can have two litters per year, one from each breeding season. Average litter sizes range from 2 – 3 young. The winter litter is generally smaller than the summer litter. Both sexes remain reproductively active throughout their lives.
Squirrels will adapt to whatever situation confronts them. The secret to their survival is how quickly they learn the ropes around your neighborhood. When there is no food available, the squirrel will travel for miles to find it and then set up its home nearby. Their nest is called a “drey” and it is usually built high up in the trees. If no trees are available, they will build their nests in the next best thing, your attic! One of the most common calls we receive are noise complaint calls. Customers hearing “scratching” or other strange noises coming from inside their walls and attics. This could be a sign that a female squirrel is preparing to have her young. This should be addressed immediately before the young are old enough to also cause damage to your home and electrical wiring. The damage that a squirrel causes comes from chewing. They will chew on most anything. Plants, outdoor furniture, doors, window screens, etc. are all common targets. Gardens are another favorite commonly dug up and destroyed by squirrels.
More than being just a pest, these rodents can also be very dangerous! Squirrels have adapted well to living with people, frequently using our homes, garages, cars and sheds as nesting areas. Squirrels will enter homes and structures by finding small openings and chewing a wider hole to gain access into the building. The Gray squirrel is a rodent, their front teeth are always growing, causing it to constantly chew so that it keeps their teeth at a manageable level. In nature they chew twigs, tree bark and other naturally hard items. But in your attic, they chew wiring, support beams, roof braces and electrical fixtures. They will destroy attic insulation by trampling it, which will reduce your R-factor. Squirrels will also use attic insulation as a latrine, which will allow urine and fecal matter to collect. This can be a serious biohazard. They also cause damage to drywall by digging holes in your ceiling. This is usually due to the mother squirrel exercising her back leg muscles to prepare for birth. They also present fire hazards as well by building nests in exhaust fans, vents and soffits.
How To Stop a Squirrel Problem
If you hear chewing or scratching in your attic don’t hesitate to call Weaver’s Wildlife Control. Besides trapping and removing nuisance squirrels, we also offer exclusion services that will prevent future squirrels from gaining access to your home, office or any other structures on your property. If you are unsure of the squirrel species causing the damage, don’t worry. Weaver’s Wildlife Control has many years of expertise in squirrel control and we can identify any species that need to be addressed. Weaver’s Wildlife Control is ecologically responsible, ensuring that only environmentally sound solutions and humane wildlife removal techniques are used for all squirrel removal situations. The tree squirrel should not be a welcome guest in your home.