Do I Have Squirrels In My Attic? Nuts!!

Humane removal of squirrels from your home and property is possible with one-way doors and live trapping. Followed up with preventive measures to stop them from getting in again. Squirrels are looking for a warm place to nest because their natural habitat is decreasing due to construction and they are out-breeding their predators. Squirrels will seek the warmth that is found in attics and they are on the move now with the arrival of cold weather. In addition to prevention screening by a qualified installer such as Gunning Wildlife Removal, there are steps you can take to prevent future problems with nuisance wildlife:
• Remove any food source such as bird seed
• Install gutter guards and cover down spouts
• Seal up and repair all entry points
• Trim tree branches that may overhang the roof line
• Remove firewood stacked close to your home/shed
• Repair any cracks in the foundation wall
Squirrels usually reside in tree cavities in hardwoods like oaks and hickory trees and will construct feeding shelters out of leaves. They breed in mid winter and again in late spring. Gestation is about 44 days with 1-7 kits per litter. During these times as well as during the cold weather months they are seeking shelter and hiding places – like the insulation in your home. Unlike other small rodents who hibernate through the winter, squirrels stay active because they hoard their food and eat up to twice as much food during the low temperatures. They actually find and bury up to 3 years worth of food every summer and fall! Talk about the munchies – they literally spend their life chasing nuts!
If you’re uncertain it’s a squirrel you can contact Gunning Wildlife Removal – it could be raccoons as they like the warmth of your attic also. Here’s what to look for:
• Squirrels about a foot and a half long – half body and half tail!
• Weighing about one and half pounds
• Gray squirrels are gray, salt and pepper, brown or black, may have tan fur and white bellies and their summer coats are usually shorter and sleeker
• Red squirrels are red, brown and may show some grey in the winter. They are also smaller, lighter and have ear tufts
Squirrels may be cute and cuddly looking but they can cause a lot of damage to your home. So if you think you may have nuisance wildlife nesting in your attic Gunning Wildlife Removal is always prepared to help and offer you their affordable wildlife removal and prevention services. Gunning Wildlife Removal is here to serve Oxford County, London, Brantford, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga and Brampton.