Squirrels are very active. They can be seen in cities, suburbs, and forests alike, running around looking for nuts and places to nest. If you’re wondering what squirrels do at night, they are the same as us. Squirrels hide in their nests when it gets dark out, and they fall asleep. It is difficult to find any squirrels out once the sun has set. Call us if you are worried some animals may have broken into your home. We can determine whether you are dealing with squirrels or any other form of wildlife. We provide humane squirrel removal in Peterborough and the surrounding area.
Squirrels are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and sunset. At night, they are asleep in their nests. Most squirrels sleep alone, though mothers share their nests with their babies. Squirrels build their nests out of leaves and twigs, weaving them together in a particular fashion for insulation and support. They usually build them in tree branches and hollows, about 20 feet above the ground. Sleeping at night, within their nests, helps to keep squirrels safe from predators like owls and coyotes. It also keeps them warm. Squirrels are active throughout the winter, so they need a warm place to sleep at night.
Squirrels nest in trees, but they are no strangers to attics. Where there is an opening, they will chew their way through. Squirrels frequently chew though plastic roof vents and gaps along the edges of the roof to reach the attic inside. Attics are attractive to these animals because they are nice and warm, like big hollow trees. Once indoors, they nest in the insulation and cause a mess. If there are squirrels in your attic, it’s important that you have them removed as soon as possible. Squirrels carry disease, and they will dirty the attic with feces and urine.
Signs There are Squirrels in Your Attic
Squirrel invasions are common in the spring, summer, and fall. Reach out to us if you notice any of the following signs. We can remove squirrels safely and humanely.
- Noises in the attic
Squirrels make a lot of noise during the day, especially at dawn and dusk. Hearing repetitive scratching noises, thumping, squeaking, and scrambling coming from the attic above may indicate a squirrel problem.
- Foul Odours
If you can, check up on the attic and smell for a foul odour. Squirrels urinate and defecate around their nests, which creates an awful smell. If you notice that something is wrong, call a professional for an inspection.
- Squirrel Droppings
Squirrel droppings are brown, oblong pellets, about 1cm long and half a centimetre thick. They appear near squirrel nests are wherever the animal goes. Finding these in the attic is a good sign that a squirrel is nesting in there.
- Stains on the Ceiling
With time, the squirrel urine that accumulates in the attic will seep down into the ceiling, which leaves a stain. Urine stains look like any sign of attic leakage; they are circular and off-white.
- Increased Squirrel Activity
Having a squirrel in the attic may result in an increase in squirrel activity on the roof and in the yard. You may find that squirrels are running back and forth from the roof to the yard throughout the day. Males come looking for female attention, and baby squirrels go on trips with their mothers until they are 10 weeks of age.
Hire a Wildlife Removal Company for Help
Squirrels are up to during the day and sound asleep at night. This makes it easier to identify which pest may be living in your attic since raccoons and other rodents are usually up at night. If you are noticing the signs of a squirrel problem on your property, give us a shout and a technician will perform an inspection. We can get the squirrels off your property quickly and humanely.