If you suspect that you have a squirrel infestation in your attic (we have some tips for attic inspection), you’re far from alone. Every year, squirrels make their homes in attics all across Toronto. They gravitate towards them because attics offer safe spaces for squirrels to make their nests, a refuge from the natural elements, and a spot where there are no predators. Attics are ideal for squirrels. Humans rarely visit their attics, but they are secure areas. Squirrels can be alone and do as they please.
Squirrels usually hole up in attics to make their nests and have their young. The relative warmth of attics, coupled with the dry beams gives baby squirrels an ideal place to live the first few months of their lives. Also, attics are full of lots of wiring and beams. Squirrels love to cut their teeth on wooden beams and cut through wires. Of course, this causes major problems for people who also live in these homes.
Since female squirrels deliver two litters of babies every year, you can bet that they are eyeing attics all across the province. Squirrels are most likely to visit your attic during March and July. Each litter of little squirrels contains between two and six babies, all of which are adorable to look at but are disastrous when it comes to the structural integrity of your home.
Squirrels are not just having their litters in your home. They are also using your attic as their own personal playground. If you hear the sounds of skittering above you, chances are you either have a squirrel or raccoon infestation. If you suspect that you might have a squirrel problem, it’s important that you nip any problem in the bud right away. The longer that the squirrels are in your attic, the more damage they are going to wreck in your home. Even if the squirrels don’t go for the beams of your house and cause massive structural damage, they are still defecating on the floor of your attic.
Their feces and urine could seep into the floorboards and cause unpleasant smells for a long time to come. If you smell something strange coming out of your attic, you might be picking up the scent of squirrel leavings- or worse, a decomposing animal that has passed away in your attic.
In the province of Ontario, it’s illegal to kill or unnecessarily harm a wild creature, and that includes squirrels. You might be tempted to try to rid your attic of these creatures by yourself, but beware. Squirrels might look cute and cuddly, but they are wild animals that will not hesitate to scratch or bite you. This is especially true if you disturb a mother squirrel who is trying to protect her litter. You could run across major problems if you try to remove the squirrels yourself. It’s far better to call in an expert.
Squirrel removal services in Toronto are able to get the squirrels out of your attic as quickly and humanely as possible, keeping both you and the squirrels safe from harm. If you suspect that you have a squirrel problem, make the call and head it off right away.