Squirrels are arguably the cutest of rodents and generally don’t create many problems except always trying to get to the bird food. But should they find their way into your home, they can create all sorts of problems.

Squirrels can cause quite a bit of damage once they are in your home. They will chew things up and could introduce Lyme disease or salmonella. Earthwise Pest Management, your pest control company in Sacramento, offers the signs you might have a squirrel in your home.

Strange Noises

Houses creak and tend to make noises, which is not at all unusual and does not mean it’s haunted. What is unusual is the type of sound you are hearing. If you are hearing small scampering and skittering noises coming from the walls, it could be a squirrel running around in your home.

The noises could disappear once the squirrel or squirrels have settled in, so don’t get fooled into thinking they are gone.

Droppings

More often than not, you will smell squirrel droppings before you see them. But there are times when you will come across squirrel droppings, which is a huge sign that you have a rodent problem.

Funny Odors

A strange odor is another sign that you have a squirrel problem. If you have a clean home and yet a lingering odor, you could be smelling rodent urine or droppings.

Acorns

It is no secret that squirrels love acorns. Squirrels are notorious for gathering acorns in the summer and storing them for the winter. So if you come across acorns in your attic, it could be a sign that a squirrel is occupying the space.

Nest

A sure sign of a squirrel infestation is a nest. Squirrels will use almost anything to build a nest including leaves, twigs and chewed up insulation. If you notice a nest, it is time to give us a call.

Signs of Chewing

Rodents begin their lives with a set of teeth that never stops growing. To keep them from overgrowing, they have to constantly chew on anything they can find. In the wild, this isn’t a problem, in your attic, this will cause damage.

Squirrels have been known to chew on shingles, siding, storage boxes and wires. Check your attic for damage caused by chewing to determine if you have a squirrel problem.

Squirrels, like most animals in the wild, are opportunists. In order to survive, they are constantly on the hunt for food and shelter. This is why you see squirrels tackle bird feeders, it’s because it is easy food.

In nature, a hollow tree makes for a great home for a squirrel. But your attic will make a warmer and more comfortable substitute if given the opportunity.

Chances are you have seen squirrels outside your home, perhaps running around your yard even. If there are squirrels in your neighborhood, there is a chance they might be in your attic.

If you think you might have squirrels in your home, now is the time to act. Give Earthwise Pest Management today.