Squirrels in the House

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flying squirrelIf you live in or around the Atlanta area, you probably know that squirrels and other small wildlife can be a persistent pest even in urban or residential areas. They may simply provide irritation, at first, but can eventually cause home or property damage if left unchecked. It may seem convenient to remove these animals as fast a possible, however, humane solutions provided by http://wildlifeandpest.com/ are always the best alternative. After all, these animals are only doing what is in their nature. They are looking for food and shelter, much like we humans are, and are often forced to adapt to life in our environment as our populations expand into what was once their territory.

Squirrels tend to be a minor irritant for your average home owner. They are skittish around humans and generally prefer to stay in their trees and mind their own business. However, some conflicts do emerge and it’s good to know the best, most humane, ways to solve such problems in case they ever do arise. If you need advice call the local Humane Society and ask about Humane Squirrel Removal.

For example, while a homeowner might look at an attic and see only a nice place to store their extra boxes, a mother squirrel will look at the same structure and see a perfect place to make a den and raise her young. After all, the attic is designed to be safe, warm and sealed tight to protect against the elements. The high elevation discourages predators and gives access to tree branches which squirrels typically scour for nuts and other food sources. Once settled in the squirrels may be unwilling to leave. Once again, they will likely avoid contact with humans, however, they can still cause damage, scratching floors, chewing up wood and furniture, and tearing up paper to make nests. Not to mention the constant scrabbling and the scent of squirrel dung can make your once lovely home not quite so comfortable.

If you have only one or two adult interlopers, simply checking the windows and resealing any exterior opening should solve your problem. The squirrels will likely find a new home, no harm no foul. However, do a thorough check of the area. You may find a nest, and this leaves you with a new set of problems. The young squirrels are unlikely to survive if left out on their own. Thankfully, squirrels make for fairly diligent mothers and will return regularly to check up on their babies. Construct a “reunion box” and place the baby squirrels inside. A reunion box is a simple cardboard box, stuffed with padding( mostly twigs, leaves, and other plant detritus). Cut a hole in the front to allow the mother access and a wire mesh base so she can climb up to that entrance. Once your reunion box is ready, fix it into the wall near the former entry point. Then you just have to wait. The reunion box will keep the kids safe from predators until the mother returns. Once a nest has been compromised, a squirrel mother will likely take her babies to an alternate den red squirrelrather than risk the same spot twice.

Do not attempt to take the offspring in yourself. Small animals require a huge amount of food and care and even then, unless raised among their own species, are unlikely to develop the survival skills necessary for life in the wild.