What To Do If Squirrels Find Their Way Into Your New Jersey Attic

February 7, 2020

Squirrels are woodland forest creatures who scamper around the forest foraging for acorns. From a distance, these creatures can be fascinating, fun, and even relaxing to watch. Having a squirrel problem in your home is something different altogether - it's a nuisance that's difficult to control without professional help. 

a squirrel on top of a roof

The most common squirrel in New Jersey is the Eastern gray squirrel which serves an important role in our ecosystem. However, Eastern gray squirrels and other squirrel species can be destructive and dangerous if they find their way into a home or business. 

How Do Squirrels Get Into Your Home?

Squirrels love to make their way into homes where they will often build nests and stash food for later retrieval. There are many ways squirrels can get into a house. Most often they will enter your home through the roof, especially if you have low-hanging trees nearby that make it easy for them to access. 
They will also enter through even the tiniest gaps in the construction of your home where they like to settle into the eaves. If they can’t find an opening, squirrels may even chew their way into a home. Unfortunately, sometimes they get stuck and try desperately to chew their way out, causing further damage. You may also find crawl space infestations that squirrels access as they find entry points into your walls. 

How to Identify a Squirrel Problem in Your New Jersey Home

Identifying a squirrel problem in your New Jersey home isn’t difficult. There are several indications you have a squirrel invasion. Squirrels are actually in the rodent family and thus behave similarly to rats or mice. You know you have some sort of rodent infestation if you experience the following:

  • Sounds around the house or in the attic
  • Signs of chewing (wires, insulation in the attic, etc.)
  • Signs of nest building (twigs, dry leaves, etc.)
  • Acorns lying around (we know squirrels love them)
  • Droppings or foul odor (squirrel urine is unpleasant and can attract other squirrels)
  • Scampering and scratching noises, especially at night

Any of these signs are indications you have squirrels taking up residence in your home. The quicker you address the issue, the better off you will be. Allowing squirrels to hang around will only lead to costly damage and may lead to an even bigger squirrel infestation. 

Besides the damage they can cause to your home, squirrels can pose severe health risks to humans. Squirrels are vectors for pests such as Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Furthermore, they harbor all sorts of germs and bugs such as Salmonellosis, rabies, mice, and fleas that will quickly turn your home into a hazardous environment. 

In addition to these health issues, squirrels can chew through electrical wires and could conceivably set a house fire due to faulty wiring. The risks involved with having squirrels in your home are too great to overlook.

What To Do If Squirrels Find Their Way into Your New Jersey Attic

The first thing to do if you find squirrels in your New Jersey attic or anywhere in your home is to look for professional pest control in New Jersey. Removing them on your own is never a good idea. Squirrels will bite and transmit unwanted diseases that are avoidable with professional assistance. Also, removing squirrels on your own will not prevent them from returning to the scene of the crime. Our experts at Amco Pest solutions will not only remove the pest, but we will ensure that they can't find their way back into your home. 
If you have a squirrel problem or are struggling with another unwanted pest inside your New Jersey home, professional pest control is the best option, and there is no better choice for the safe removal and exclusion of invasive squirrels in New York and New Jersey than Amco Pest Solutions. Call us today at 888-593-4948 for a free quote. Let our pest control experts rid your New Jersey home of squirrels and keep them away for good. 

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