How Do I Know If I Have a Squirrel in My Walls?

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Squirrels enter your home by traveling along electrical or cable wires or jumping from limbs that are near the home. They also enter through chimneys, attics, holes in siding and vents without screens. The squirrels damage siding, wiring, insulation and household items. Gnawing on wood or other substances wears down the squirrels teeth. Determining if you have squirrels inside your walls is not a difficult task if you know the signs to watch for.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Listen for a scratching noise inside your walls. Gray squirrels are often active during the day, while flying squirrels are active at night.

  • Climb up into your attic when you hear the scratching noise. Use a flashlight to look down into the wall near where the noise is coming from. This may enable you to locate the squirrels and nest. While you are in the attic, look around for squirrel droppings. They are brown, oval, smooth and approximately 1/2-inch long. If the problem is flying squirrels, the droppings will be in a pile.

  • Inspect the lower and upper exterior of your home for chewed holes. This is evidence of a squirrel infestation, particularly if you spot greasy rub marks or claw marks in the area as well. Pay close attention to areas near vents or where wires or plumbing enter your home. These are most likely the entry points.

  • Check your home and attic for damage to wood or insulation. Squirrels chew through just about any material, but this type of damage is often seen along their pathway.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prune limbs that are within 5 or 6 feet of your home. This prevents them from entering via this source. Another effective method is to slit a 24-inch plastic PVC pipe. Slide it onto cable or electrical wires; it spins when a squirrel attempts to walk across it, thus causing the pest to lose its footing. Contact the power or cable company before attempting the PVC method.
  • It is important to get rid of the squirrels. They may die and create an offensive odor for weeks. Hire a professional exterminator if you cannot get rid of them yourself.
  • Don't attempt to remove a squirrel yourself. They have a powerful bite and may be dangerous. Call a professional once you are certain squirrels are inside your walls.

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