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What’s In My Attic?

Attics are one of the most overlooked and often ignored areas in most homes.  If you are like me, you only go into the attic to bring down or put up holiday decorations.  Because it is widely overlooked, it is an easy place for unwanted wildlife to take up residence.

The first signs that you will most likely notice that a critter has been living above you is often discovered in the form of the pitter patter of little feet or tiny pellet droppings.  Squirrels, raccoons or other rodents will often enter attics through vents, loose boards or the eaves of your home.  Squirrels and raccoons have even been known to chew through soffits and shingles to get inside.  Mice are so small; they can squeeze into the smallest of spaces.

These pests do not seam to be happy just living among us.  Their fantastically sharp teeth cause considerable damage by chewing on electrical wires.  Exposed wires hold a tremendous fire hazard for homeowners.  Many homeowners have also found that they need to replace the insulation in their attics once unwanted critters move in.  Insulation can be damaged by the parasites on the wildlife, nesting, or feces and urine.

When dealing with nuisance wildlife, you will need to eliminate access to their nesting sites, remove the nests and feces, disinfect the area to remove parasites and deodorize the attic. This is a job that you want to call out the professionals for.  Call a nuisance wildlife expert that can help rid your life of rodents and squirrels living in your attic.

Flying Squirrels Take Wing

A bit of warm weather and the squirrels are out of their nests and into the bird feeders. The ground squirrels are enough of a nuisance, but it’s the bat-like flying squirrel that can really destroy your attic. The small flyers are more like rodents than squirrels in their uncanny ability to squeeze through tiny holes and cracks to gain entry to your warm rafters and eaves.

Heights are no object for these nocturnal critters. They can “fly” — it’s actually a glide — great distances using the distinctive web of skin that connects their front and back legs. Called a patagium, the web is similar to the wing of a bat. These squirrels can glide more than 200 feet — right onto your roof — using their flat tails as a steering rudder. They can enter your attic from roof vents, improperly installed chimney caps and small construction gaps.

Flying squirrels live in large colonies — often 20 or more — which means there are 20 sets of razor-sharp teeth chewing away on your rafters and electrical wires and 20 nasty little bodies using your attic walls and insulation as a litter box. Of course, that’s not what will tip you off first. You’ll call Stern because of the incessant partying. These critters are nocturnal which means the party’s just getting started about the time you’re going to bed. Come 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and your walls will be reverberating with their high-pitched cries and caterwauling. Don’t worry. Stern Environmental Group offers 24-hour emergency squirrel removal. Click here to find out more about squirrels and flying squirrels. Give us a call. You’ll sleep well when you get Stern with your pests.

Squirrel Antics in the Attic

My daughter loves peanuts in the shell so I had them in the house over the holidays. She nibbles like a squirrel so there were plenty left when she went home. I put the remainder out on the lawn under the bird feeder this morning. It’s been pretty cold here and there’s a bit of snow on the ground; but even so, I was surprised to find seven squirrels chasing each other around the yard. Each one seemed to feel the peanut cache was his personal pot of gold and tried to ward off newcomers from stealing a nut or two. It was fun to watch them leaping around the yard and doing their tightrope act on the electric wires along the back lot line. Fortunately there seemed to be enough peanuts to go around and carrying them off kept the furry critters busy for most of the afternoon.

As I was watching the fun, I noticed one squirrel scamper up my neighbor’s roof and disappear. Awhile later I saw him scamper back, choose another nut and scurry off, leaping from the fence to my neighbor’s patio trellis and up the roof again, disappearing into the shadows of the eave as before. Mmmm. Having had squirrels in my attic before, this didn’t bode well for my neighbor. Cute as they are scampering around your yard, they’re a downright nuisance nesting in the insulation in your attic. They made a mess of my attic a few years back, urinating and defecating in the insulation, leaving rotting wormy nuts around, and bringing fleas and parasites. Nothing I’d wish on a friend. A quick call to my neighbor verified that they had heard the scamper of tiny feet across the bedroom ceiling last night and wondered what was going on.

A scampering noise in the ceiling or wall is never a good thing. When it’s cold, animals look for a toasty place to snooze and your attic (or basement) are ideal. If you hear footsteps overhead, it’s time to call the exterminator!

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Squirrels: Nuts for Your Walls

Squirrels are seemingly harmless. They’re cute, fluffy, and playful when gallivanting around one’s front yard, picking up acorns and playing tag with one another. One wouldn’t expect a darker side to them, but if you let your guard down for even just one second, they’ll attack! Not really, but they do love to throw nuts at parked vehicles or unsuspecting hikers. Funnily enough, squirrels can be quite the nuisance to homeowners in many ways, including nut chucking. Just don’t judge a book by it’s cover. You might find out how sinister these pests can be.

Squirrels like to nest in your walls. It’s a harsh reality of life; your walls are not safe from these little buggers. Many a person has woken up to the pitter-patter of a squirrel making its nest from bits of insulation and dry wall. They also can be a threat to your electrical wiring. They have been known to chew right through them, which can leave you with two problems: lights out, and dead carcass. Not fun. Another problem is that squirrels are family pests and love to invite thier kin to stay at the free (your name here) motel. Imagine an orchestra of squirrel feet playing just for you.

There are ways to rid you of your squirrel issue. One popular way is to use strobe lights as a way to off set their sense of comfort in your home. This will cause them to leave on their own, and not leave thier bodies laying around. Another way is to seal up thier doors to get in and out. This will ensure that you won’t have a Best Nestern that is open 24/7. Or gee, you could just have an exterminator come in a nuke them. Whatever you do, do it fast before they start checking in and not checking out.

Getting Rid of Squirrels – A Guide

Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night to the seemingly never-ending sound of a dog barking in the distance? How about that one little bird who decides to wake up at three o’clock in the morning and sing his heart out? Just as unpleasant is attempting to find solace in the comfort of your favorite pillow after a long day, but being interrupted by the pitter-patter of little feet scurrying across the attic floor above you.

Squirrels can be a serious problem for some. Getting them out of the house can be a real problem, but there are, in fact, some ways to rid your home of our furry friends, while remaining at peace with your wallet, as well as with the heart of the animal lover.

One thing you can do is to find an animal relocator who will catch the animal in a trap and take them away safely. You can also put out your own traps, baited with peanut butter or sunflower seeds, and drive the trapped animal out to another environment, preferably in the wild, as opposed to another neighborhood. Make sure not to touch the animals, and wear heavy leather gloves when handling the cage.

Moth balls patched into entrance holes are quite effective for driving out squirrels. Also, because of the highly developed senses of most animals, squirrels will be likely to stay away if you wet rags with ammonia and spread them around the general area that the animal is infesting. In addition, leaving a light on and a radio playing non-stop will drive them crazy and, hopefully, away from your home.

Stern Environmental Group, a company that prides itself in innovative and effective ways of ridding homes and other locations of pests, offers 24-hour emergency squirrel control services. The services they provide include: 24-hour squirrel removal, humane squirrel trapping, and quick squirrel removal services, as well as treatment for raccoons, skunks, pigeons, bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, and many other pests.The first step to ridding yourself of your squirrel problem is to take prompt action today!