Scientists occasionally decide there is no need to get creative when naming a new species. When they named carpet beetles, it was one of those times. Carpet beetles are precisely that, beetles that feed on wool carpets. If the scientists had been specific, they might have been named “wool carpet, fur, animal product beetles that sometimes also feed on plant materials.” [Read more…]
Many people enjoy watching squirrels jumping and romping through trees or eating acorns while perched on a picnic table or back porch. Squirrels are undoubtedly cute little creatures… when they’re outside where they belong. But when the weather turns cold, and they are searching for a warm winter home, squirrels become a genuine threat to your home.
We strive to make our homes as safe and comfortable as possible for ourselves and our families. But are we unintentionally making them comfortable for uninvited bushy-tailed guests as well? Learn about the potentially costly and widespread damage that these furry creatures can cause and why you should call an expert pest control company at the first sign of them.
- Do Squirrels Make Nests in Houses?
- Where Do Squirrels Nest in a Houses?
- Why Are Squirrels in My Attic?
- What Time of Year Do Squirrels Build Nests?
- How Long Can a Squirrel Live in an Attic?
- Will Squirrels Damage My Attic?
- Why Do Squirrels Chew Electrical Wires?
- Can Squirrels Cause House Fires?
- How Can I Get Squirrels Out of My Attic?
Squirrels like comfort and safety, often nesting in houses and outbuildings. They are determined and persistent and will enter through any small opening they find.
Squirrels will nest almost anywhere they have access to a comfortable, dark spot in your house. Squirrel nests can be found in attics, walls, chimneys, and garages.
Squirrels gain attic access by climbing downspouts, trellises, vines, and nearby trees. If they don’t find a convenient opening, they may chew through roofs, siding, walls, and insulation to create an entry point.
Squirrels can find their way into your attic any time of year, but it is most common right before female squirrels birth a litter. Squirrels usually give birth around February and again in August. Climate is a factor as well. When your attic is too hot in the summer, they will leave, and when the weather is cooler, they return.
If a squirrel can come and go from your attic freely, they will stay until their young until they are old enough to fend for themselves, which is about two months. If you discover you have attic squirrels, don’t seal up entry points while the mother forages outside during the day. Her young will not survive without her, and you will create a new set of problems.
Squirrels can be very destructive in an attic. They chew on wiring, pipes, insulation, and your stored personal items. The longer they are there, the more damage they will do. They’ll even chew through walls to create new entry points.
Like other rodents, squirrels constantly need to sharpen their teeth, and electrical wires are one of the primary materials they chew to accomplish this task.
It is estimated that around 12 percent of residential electrical fires begin in the attic. Many of these incidents are attributed to squirrels or other rodents chewing on wires.
Fire isn’t the only problem squirrels can cause. They’re also responsible for service interruptions, as well as electrical shocks and electrocution when a human goes into the attic and touches a damaged line. Have an electrician inspect your wiring if you suspect a squirrel infestation in your attic or walls.
The best way to get rid of squirrels in your attic is to find and close up entry points while they’re out foraging during the day. If you’ve done all you can to prevent squirrels from nesting in your attic or walls, and it hasn’t worked, it’s time to seek the services of a qualified professional to trap and remove them, especially during the months when baby squirrels are present.
Call at the First Sign of Squirrels
Twin Forks Pest Control® has been eliminating pests, including squirrels, for more than 20 years. Our trained wildlife experts will rid your property of unwanted pests, and we offer year-round protection plans so that your home stays pest-free. At the first sign of problems, contact us for a free estimate by calling (631) 287-9020 if you’re in the Southampton region, (631) 324-9020 if you’re in or around Easthampton, or (631) 298-0500 if you’re in or around Southold. We look forward to hearing from you.
Spiders are often considered helping hands when it comes to dealing with other small pests out in the garden or yard, but what do you do when they decide to move in uninvited? Below are a few common questions and tips to help you understand what attracts spiders into your home and how to deal with them. [Read more…]
As the weather turns colder, we like to bundle up, snuggle in warm blankets, light comforting fireplaces, and generally stay indoors. But what about insects?
It is a myth that mosquitoes die off in winter. What they do is closer to hibernating like bears when the temperatures fall, though technically their process is called “diapause.” Termites burrow more deeply into the soil to keep warm and become dormant until spring. So, where do roaches go during the winter? [Read more…]
As the weather gets cooler and temperatures continue to drop, outdoor pests begin to make their way indoors for the winter to nest, reproduce, and in some cases, take up permanent residence. Some of the most common intruders are mice and rats. They can also be some of the most damaging. Mice and rats carry any number of diseases, can transport other harmful pests with them, including ticks and fleas, and can wreak unimaginable damage to an average home by chewing their way through electrical wiring, wood, and more. So how do you keep these pests out of your home? [Read more…]