They may be cute, but northern flying squirrels are not creatures any homeowner should want inside. Like most wild animals, these squirrels can quickly become a nuisance and cause property damage once an infestation starts. Here are some of the signs that it may be time to contact a squirrel removal professional to remedy an infestation in the attic.
Early Warning Signs
Since northern flying squirrels are nocturnal, they will likely first make their presence known in the evening or night hours. Homeowners may hear scratching, scurrying, or chewing coming from the ceiling, or they may even spot one of the critters while exploring the attic or observing the roof outside. There may also be early signs of nest-building, including piles of leaves and gnawed plant matter found in the attic. Any of these occurrences might mean that it’s time to contact a squirrel removal service.
More Evidence of an Infestation
When multiple northern flying squirrels have moved into the attic and decided to hang around, they will likely leave behind even more evidence. Their pellet-shaped droppings are a common sight, and a mix of dark and light droppings is an indicator that the infestation has been present for a while. Homeowners may also find partially chewed nuts and acorns scattered around.
Risks of Untreated Infestations
In addition to being annoying, northern flying squirrels living in the attic can cause significant property damage in almost no time. Their urine and droppings can cause unpleasant odors, spread bacteria, and even stain the walls and ceiling. Squirrels may also try to chew through insulation and electrical wiring, creating a dangerous fire hazard. The best thing to do upon finding signs of an infestation is to call for professional help as soon as possible.
If you suspect that you have a squirrel infestation in your home, call the team at North East Wildlife Management. We have over a decade of experience handling and removing wildlife from homes in the New England area. For wildlife removal services on your property, call us at (781) 562-9659 or send us a message online.