The squirrel is one of the United States most common wildlife pests. If you hear noises in your Fort Collins CO attic, odds are it’s a squirrel. The most common noise is “scratching”. This is usually a sign that a female squirrel is preparing to have her young. This should be addressed immediately before the young squirrels are old enough to also cause damage to your home and electrical wiring.
Damage from Squirrels in Attic
Most squirrel damage in your attic comes from chewing. Since the squirrel is a rodent, their front teeth are always growing. The squirrel must constantly chew to keep their teeth sharp and at a manageable level. In nature they chew on tree bark, twigs and other natural hard items but in your attic, they chew electrical wiring, support beams, roof braces and electrical fixtures. They can also destroy your insulation by trampling it and pushing it down, which reduces your R-factor. Their urine and fecal matter will also collect in your insulation. They can cause damage in drywall by digging holes in the ceiling which is usually the mother squirrel exercising her back leg muscles to prepare for birth.
If you hear chewing or scratching from squirrels in your attic, don’t hesitate to call Fort Collins Animal Removal, 970-528-1419. The Tree Squirrel should not be a welcome guest in your home.