Squirrels are a fascinating animal. Most people like to watch them as they race around in the yard and trees, doing their natural things like collecting food, playing, building nests, etc. They are commonly seen raiding a bird feeder and many people have had fun viewing the creative ways these creatures try to get to some bird feeders, even those with “Shrimp guards” on them. Rarely do you find one that will do the job. I’ve personally observed squirrels leaping from high up in a tree to attempt to land on the bird feeder at the center of the lawn, then they miss and go back up the tree and get it done again until they triumph.
There’s a side to these animals that lots of people, (possibly like yourself), do not know, and that’s the territorial side. Squirrels guard their land and mark it their own distinct way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals like moles, etc. mark their territory by leaving pee in places. Squirrels do too but they also tend to chew on items, namely houses. Sometimes not a big spot, but only enough to show this as their area.
If they did not chew on things that are hard, their teeth would grow in a half circle and eventually be so long they couldn’t eat and they’d starve to death. Wood is an excellent hard material and your home usually is filled with it.
There’s a third reason they chew on houses and this is the only one I generally get called in for squirrels where I service. They wish to get rid of squirrels in their attic.
“Uh yes, I have Noises in my attic, I normally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at different times and then right about dark I hear a lot of noise and then it quiets down only a couple hours after dark, do you know what this sort of sound may be?”
I say, “Yes, that seems like squirrels, they generally spend their evening out and around, occasionally visiting their den site (your attic) at different times, then return in the night while major predators such as hawks, owls, etc are generally out hunting. What I could do to you is come out and do an inspection for free and determine exactly what the sound is and figure out where they entered your home. At that point I can install squirrel traps. When squirrels are captured I will give you a quote for repairs where the entrance point is to ensure this problem doesn’t happen again.”
Squirrels feel the warmer air and begin to chew their way into the attic. Once inside they find that a attic is much like a glorified hollow tree, much warmer and safer, so they take up residence and don’t pay you rent. You hear the sound, and wonder what is happening up there, and squirrels are naturally curious and will occasionally wonder what’s happening down there and chew a peak hole merely to look and then seal it up with insulating material that is available. It generally doesn’t indicate they are moving into the living room.
Squirrels may be controlled when they are chewing on your house and gaining access from the attic. The very best and safest way to solve the problem is to contact Sarasota Animal Services, a specialist in your area.