When Squirrels enter buildings or residential homes their gnawing behavior, scurrying, and collection of nesting material can be destructive and can cause quite a mess. Squirrels have chisel like teeth and usually enter through the roofline seeking refuge in the attic area or they may chew their way through the fascia, soffit or the eves. Red squirrels will frequently use the lower level along with mice to gain entry. Squirrels in your attic will damage your insulation and may create a hazard by chewing any electrical wires. The first thing to do when squirrels enter the attic is identify the type of squirrel based on droppings, sightings, sounds and destructive nature. The next step is to perform a squirrel removal service and seal up the home to prevent re-entry.
Squirrel removal from an attic or structure requires a true professional, the trapper should have a trained eye for entry points, have experience in animal repair and exclusion services. For gray squirrels in the attic, it's best to trap from the exterior roof top, not from the inside and remove the squirrels far from the property.
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Gray Squirrels: Gray Squirrels are very plentiful in upstate NY and they are a frequent invader of attics, wall voids, and miscellaneous crawl spaces. They often enter human living spaces, especially attics, Gray Squirrels will use access routes such as trees and branches within ten feet of the roof, electrical utility lines, fire escapes, certain types of siding, brick chimneys and downspouts. The entry sites are usually high on the building, and include your fascia, soffit, vents, fans, siding, gable, eves, ridge vent, chimney, corner post, roof, faulty gutters, shingles, deteriorating roof, dormer tie-in, returns and all other corner intersections. Gray Squirrels make distinctive sounds like a chattering, short "barks." scampering, and gnawing. The droppings are usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, granular, and oval. Other signs may include body rub marks at entry sites and runways in attic insulation. Aluminum surfaces may have claw marks.
Flying Squirrels: Flying squirrels are small, weighing less than a half pound. They are olive-brown above or gray with white on the belly/chest area. Flying Squirrels have a distinctive gliding skin flap stretching from front leg to rear leg. They are nocturnal and commonly invade attics, wall voids, and crawl spaces. Their frequency varies regionally. The entry sites are usually high on the building; and include your fascia, soffit, vents, fans, siding, gable, eves, ridge vent, chimney, corner post, roof, faulty gutters, shingles, deteriorating roof, dormer tie-in, architectural returns and all other corner intersections. Flying squirrels often use nearby trees for access routes. Their holes are often smaller than those of the gray squirrel. They sounds they make are high pitched twitters. "Landing" noises at night, scampering, and gnawing. The droppings of the flying squirrel are variable, but tend to be elongated and 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. They are similar to red squirrel except smaller. Brownish stains are often associated with feces and urine accumulations. Other Signs include body rub marks around entry holes and runways in attic insulation. Flying Squirrels may number or colonize in the dozens in one's attic area, while gray squirrels may only number from 2-6. The only sure way to reclaim your sleep is to remove these pesky critters and seal up the entry points so they can't get back in. There are many potential entry points including dormers, corner posts, roofline, fascia, soffit, chimney, gable and ridge vent.
Red Squirrels: Red squirrels are small, weigh less than a pound and are bigger then flying squirrels. They are reddish brown above, white below, and often have a black stripe that separates the two colors. Red Squirrels are diurnal (active during day) and are a frequent invader of attics, wall voids, and miscellaneous crawl spaces. Red squirrels use trees and branches to access your roof, electrical utility lines, fire escapes, and certain types of siding, brick chimneys and downspouts. Entry points are high and low on buildings including your siding/foundation, fascia, soffit, vents, fans, siding, gable, eves, ridge vent, chimney, corner post, roof, faulty gutters, shingles, dormer tie-in, returns and all other corner intersections. The red squirrel uses nearby trees for access routes, and can also gain access from the ground through the foundation and structural ties-ins from the lower level including your garage. Entry holes can be smaller and more difficult to find than those of the gray squirrel. The sounds are very vocal; distinctive calls; diverse repertoire includes chatters and clucking sounds. The pitch is higher than that of gray squirrel. Droppings are usually 1/4 to 3/4 inch long and elongated, they tend to be smaller in diameter, but often longer, than gray squirrels. Other signs of entry include body rub marks at entry sites and runways in attic insulation.
"University of Cornell”; NYS IPM program; Animal Identification, Appendix A.