This is REAL.
Guess who gnawed this cat statue on a client’s back porch?
What’s gnawing on your statues? Or wires?
What’s that SCRITCHING noise in the attic,the floor, the walls? It probably IS a Something that IS doing something in there. Don’t ignore it.
Did you know squirrels breed twice a year?
I know. Nuts isn’t it?!! Or is it Acorns?
They also will have more than one bed to sleep in, too. So if you don’t hear them every day or night it could simply mean they are at their other home in one of the pine trees, or trees or in your neighbor’s attic.
Once the pups are born it becomes a delicate matter. Removing the mother could mean the babies will die in your attic or crawl space. Finding the babies can be tricky too depending on where momma has hid them. And what to do if they are found?
Some firms remove the babies and mother or adults which are then euthanized. We never kill. We work with their biological cycle employing only exclusion methods, and trapping when needed.
Want a live and let live solution?
Call us. We never kill animals or trap and euthanize. A client’s daughter once told me we are “vegetarian pest control.” Love it.
Unless squirrels have been in your attic or crawl space for years the extent of damage is usually minimal. They will shred some insulation and use it in their nest. And yes they will poop where they are nesting.
And they like to chew wires. I know! That sounds horrible. Typically we see only the external wire sheath gnawed through. But not usually the live wires.
Inside the main sheath are usually three wires: the hot (black) and the negative (white) each have their own insulate sheath. And a ground (copper). If the black is exposed and could touch another wire or something metal it could cause a short or spark creating a fire hazard. If your lights or outlets are not working or flickering that could be a warning sign.
Every situation is unique. Although we are not electricians we do look for gnawed wires during assessments. If we see them we will notify you so you can contact an electrician, pronto! The pictures in this post show a more severe example. In this case squirrels were living in the attic for many years.
Most situations we encounter are not this severe. Bottom line is if you hear animal activity call a wildlife expert asap. Don’t assume there is no longer a problem if the activity stops. Have someone take a look to rule out the worst case.
For the Vegetarian Wildlife Control option call Humane Homes.