Get Grey Squirrels Out of Your Attic Quickly
Many folks think of cute chattery animals that gather acorns and scurry up the trees when you mention the grey squirrel. Grey squirrels even chase one another, playing and jumping to and fro. And it can be pretty amusing to observe. However, if you have a grey squirrel family living in your attic, you will no longer think they are so cute. At that point, all your concern will be is how to get grey squirrels out of your attic.
Not to mentions, according to reports, the grey squirrels are in the top 100 worst invasive species.
Covenant Wildlife Removal can take care of removing the invaders and keeping them out for good.
A Grey Squirrel’s Behavior
Still, thinking grey squirrels are adorable? Well, you should know that grey squirrels can run, jump, and climb just about any surface, making no wall or roof impossible for them to reach. That is not good news for homeowners.
Listed below is a brief list of the grey squirrel habits that grey squirrel-loving homeowners should be aware of.
- Grey squirrels can gnaw their way into the tiniest opening in your home or roofline.
- They can climb a brick wall up to around four stories, incredibly.
- Their healthy teeth and jaws can chew right through aluminum.
- Grey squirrels are very territorial and will fight for their space.
- The females have two litters of 1 – 4 pups each year.
- They work together to accomplish their goals and warn one another of danger.
- Chatty and loud in the attic, they will keep you up at night.
- Most unfortunately, grey squirrels will defecate and urinate all over, creating a pile and a mess for you.
Why Do They Like the Attic?
It seems all sorts of pests like it up there. And, quite honestly, your nesting place is their nesting place… I mean, according to the grey squirrels. And why not? You keep the temperature just right, and the attic space gets very little traffic. There is plenty of room up there, and you keep optimal materials for nest building in the attic.
So, if you have a grey squirrel or, perhaps, a family of grey squirrels in your attic, you will want them to move on out soon. The trusted wildlife experts at Covenant Wildlife Removal can convince them to move out for you.
How Grey Squirrels Get into the Attic
Grey squirrels are tenacious; there is no disputing that. They will get into almost any place they want if there is but a tiny opening. So, knowing where they typically gain entry is a great way to help keep them out in the future. Here are some of the usual places the grey squirrel will enter.
- Roof vents and edges
- Soffit intersections
- Gable vents
- Wall vents
- Damaged gutters
- Plumbing mats
- And more
The Safe and Humane Way to Move Grey Squirrels Out
At Covenant Wildlife Removal, we think the humane way is the best. So, if you can avoid traps and hurting the grey squirrel, that is the preferred method. There are resources available to help you out, found at the Humane Society’s site.
Furthermore, three things make an attic unappealing to the grey squirrel. These three things are bright light, loud noises, and particular smells.
A Bright Light:
No doubt, grey squirrels like dark areas to make nests and raise their young. They simply want to hide away out of sight. Leaving a light on 24/7 can keep them out of the attic if you have a problem returning.
The Loud Noise Method:
These timid grey squirrels are easily startled and often quite scared. Encouraging them out, you can open a large and prominent area, then make loud noises. You can bang on pans, turn up the music, yell, and bang on the walls. That should startle them enough to find that opening and get out.
Try Smelly Things:
Finally, if those two are not working as planned, you may have a really stubborn grey squirrel in your attic. Then we suggest you try soaking rags in vinegar and placing them around the attic.
If none of the referenced humane ways work for you, traps will be necessary. If that doesn’t work, call Covenant Wildlife Removal to get them out, so you don’t have to. Then your local removal company will have all they need to take care of that and relocate the grey squirrels.
Keeping the Grey Squirrels Out of Your Attic
As the homeowner, there are several things you can try to keep grey squirrels out of the attic and the home. Listed are a few things Covenant Wildlife suggests you do to keep your home as pest-free as possible.
Clean up and clear out anything that would entice grey squirrels.
- Remove pet bowls that are kept outside on the porch.
- Take away any outside bird feeders and birdbaths.
- Secure all trash can lids.
Protect your home and property by keeping access to your house limited. Though they are incredible acrobats, you can still cut tree limbs back from the house, ensure the gutters are sealed off and cover all downspouts with wire mesh. Then be sure the vents to the home are covered with a fine wire mesh and look for any other holes in the house that could be points of entry.
Want help with determining those possible entry points? That is why we are here. Call the knowledgeable team at Covenant Wildlife Removal for a free yard and home evaluation.
An Additional Important Note
If you can get the grey squirrels out and then look around the attic only to find a nest of baby grey squirrels, please call for help. No one wants to separate a mama grey squirrel from her babies. Furthermore, you certainly don’t want to seal up all the entry points and trap the babies in the attic. Then you will have an angry mama grey squirrel on your hands, and the babies may not make it.
Instead of fooling with all this on your own, call a professional that deals with wildlife every day. They have all the supplies, tips, and tricks to get the grey squirrels out of your attic efficiently.
If you suspect grey squirrel activity in your attic, call for grey squirrel removal immediately!