Squirrels In Winter
March 30, 2017 - Rodents
Attics are ideal entry points and nesting places for destructive rodents like mice, rats, chipmunks, and squirrels. As any homeowner faced with such a problem will likely be aware, the first and most obvious sign of the presence of squirrels in one’s home is the supremely irritating sounds of bumping and scratching that can be heard across the upper floors and walls. Squirrels are more at home in trees than on a flat, ground-like surface, but as long as there is adequate shelter from predators, a squirrel will make its home just about anywhere.
As the weather continues to get colder, especially in areas like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, an attic is an ideal home for a squirrel, as it’s warm, dry, and virtually perfect for both nesting and storing food. Moreover, an attic is a perfect place for squirrels to breed, as they’re usually well out of the way of predators, meaning that homeowners beset by this particular problem should immediately search for means of dealing with the problem in order to avoid an infestation.
It’s worth noting that an infestation of squirrels could mean anywhere from two to twenty of these animals obstinately tearing up your property. As with any animals that have a tendency to invade homes, they’re almost impossible to get rid of when they invade in large enough numbers.
Calling your local wildlife control experts is certainly a solution, but it should be noted that such a measure is generally fairly costly, though they can generally be relied upon to remove the pests to a different location, as opposed to just killing them outright. On the other hand, the enthusiastic homeowner does have a number of options at their disposal to deal with the problem themselves, including trapping and removing the squirrels manually.
However, this squirrel removal method is generally easier said than done, as it requires the amateur to accurately identify all entry and exit points that may or may not be hidden around your attic. For the untrained civilian, this is not a small task. Assuming that the individual in question has successfully managed to identify all of the points of ingress and egress, the next step is to block all of these points except for one. If done correctly, this means that the squirrels have no other option than to use the exit in which the trap should be placed.
Appropriate squirrel-sized traps can be purchased at nearly any hardware store and should be placed in or near the squirrels’ point of entry. Follow the instructions provided by the trap’s manufacturer, and ensure that the trap is mounted correctly. When a squirrel is successfully captured, it may then be removed to a different location, which usually means that the critter in question will not be invading your attic again anytime soon.
Cantu Pest & Termite cares about safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our squirrel removal professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.
If squirrels or other pests have made unwanted appearances around your Dallas/Fort Worth home, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced squirrel removal experts.