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How do Squirrels Find Their Way Into Your Attic?

Squirrels and Other Wildlife Can Destroy Your Attic
Squirrels and Other Wildlife Can Destroy Your Attic

Squirrels are creative, inventive, wily, and smart and finding ways into your attic is a piece of cake. Even the tiniest opening is an invitation to enter and if it isn’t, they’ll chew until the hole is large enough to gain entry.

Ways to Keep Squirrels Out of the Attic

One of the first lines of defense is ensuring your home is sealed by doing a visual inspection for any entry points. As noted, what may seem too small to you is not a problem for a squirrel to slip through. Find and seal all entry points.

Traveling through the treetops is second nature for squirrels. Another preventative measure is trimming all tree branches that may be overhanging the roof line. This cuts off their avenue of travel into your home.

If you find any cracks or crevices in the foundation wall they will need to be repaired.

Last but not least, set squirrel traps to catch the acrobatic critters. This is one of the safest bets for keeping squirrels out of the attic. Once they’ve been captured, release them several miles from your home into a wooded area where they have food and water sources. Repair any entry points to prevent new residents.

NJ pest control services are the professional way to handle squirrel removal. Contact Stern Environmental and we’ll schedule an experienced NJ pest control expert to remove your unwanted house guests.

Why Do Squirrels Like Your Attic and Eaves?

Why Do Squirrels Like Your Attic and Eaves?

Squirrels are extremely adaptable to their environment especially when sharing that environment with humans.

In forested areas, squirrels have plenty of places to build nests, forage for food, and sharpen their teeth. When living in a neighborhood, their living space is limited as they must share the landscape with a house, shed, garage, and domestic outdoor pets.

Squirrels and Attics

One of the biggest attractions for urban squirrels is a cozy attic to hunker down in during the winter and as nesting places in the spring and summer.

Squirrels have two litters a year – March to May and July to August. During this time, moms-to-be are looking for a safe place to have their babies and a secure place to raise them.

As the babies mature, you’ll hear sounds emanating from the attic including chewing and scratching and the patter of feet. Unfortunately, squirrels love to chew and since they’re not in the forest, the next best thing is whatever is handy in your attic.

Along with chewing damage, there’s the mess that a group of baby squirrels can make. When your home is invaded, the best course of action is hiring a NJ squirrel removal pest service.

At Stern Environmental, we have NJ squirrel removal specialists with the knowledge and equipment to remove the squirrels from your home.

Don’t wait until it’s too late and structural damage occurs. Call us today for an inspection.

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels
Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels

When describing squirrels, several adjectives come to mind; they’re cute, inquisitive, acrobatic, and entertaining. They’re also interesting and are found in nearly any type of ecosystem on the planet. They can also be destructive, which is when you will need the help of a NJ squirrel removal specialist to keep your home squirrel free.

Facts About Squirrels

1. When it comes to the number of species inhabiting the planet, the figure is a whopping 285 worldwide.

2. They are true survivalists. Each year, they stock up on nuts, acorns, and seeds to get them through harsh winter conditions when food is not plentiful.

3. The smallest species is the pygmy tree squirrel weighing in at half an ounce. On the flip side, the largest are western Africa’s gray marmots of Kazakhstan weighing 20 pounds.

4. Squirrels are environmentalists when it comes to tree planting. An example is a gray squirrel that can create thousands of buried food caches filled with nuts. Not all caches will be found, though, which leads to new saplings sprouting from acorns. Not only that, the acorns may be buried in open places in need of trees.

5. Squirrels like mushrooms and during the winter they will hang the fungi in tree branches to dry. This preserves the mushrooms for winter dining.

If you need help with invading squirrel populations, our NJ squirrel removal specialists at Stern provide humane removal services.

NJ Squirrels: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

The Secret Life of the Squirrel
The Secret Life of the Squirrel

Squirrels are intriguing characters. They’re multi-talented acrobats who can “fly through the air with the greatest of ease.” People are entertained by their antics, enjoy the opportunity to provide peanuts, and generally relax while these whirlwinds of energy bounce from tree limb to tree limb.

Squirrels and Cold Weather

While the spring, summer, and fall are comfortable times with plenty of sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures for squirrels to take advantage of, what happens during the winter when the temps drop and snow covers the landscape?

According to information provided by registered nurse and squirrel rehabilitator William Sells, they find their closest friends of the same sex and curl up together and sleep around 18 to 20 hours a day. The community sleep-in provides ample warmth as all of the squirrels in the den are sharing their body warmth. Very smart survival tactic on the part of this inquisitive species.

Squirrels have also built up a 3-year stash of food that they’ll venture out to dine on when there is a break in the cold weather. This is yet another survival tactic for winter cold snaps.

While squirrels are entertaining, they can do damage if they enter your attic and set up winter housekeeping. In this case, you’ll need the services of NJ squirrel removal experts.

At Stern Environmental, we provide humane NJ squirrel removal. Call us and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

They’re Cute, But They Can Bite – Seniors Attacked by Squirrels

The Common Squirrel

Everyone is familiar with the common squirrel, and they’re a part of our lives. In fact, it’s difficult to walk out your front door without seeing them. Here at Stern, we provide NJ squirrel removal services for our customers, and what we’ve learned is that it’s actually possible to be afraid of these furry, seemingly harmless little creatures. It’s a condition called sciurophobia. The question is, why would anyone be afraid of squirrels?

Because they bite!

Squirrels Attack Senior Citizens

Several residents at a retirement community were recently attacked by squirrels, and the attacks came as quite a shock. One woman was sitting on a swing when a squirrel jumped down on her head from above. It then chased her into a nearby exercise room. Another woman was bitten about a week later, and she had to be treated at the hospital because she fell and broke her wrist. All residents who were bitten were treated with antibiotics to fend off infection.

Are You at Risk?

In general, squirrels aren’t animals that attack, but it can happen. Squirrels love to make their homes in attacks and the walls in your home. If you have a squirrel problem, NJ squirrel removal is a service that you should consider.

Here at Stern, we can provide you with the professional help you need to rid your home of squirrels. Please contact us and get the help you need!