Our comprehensive 50 point home inspection is designed to determine squirrel entry points and home damage. The attic is a common den site for squirrels where they gain accessing by chewing holes or slipping in between building materials. We then use hands-on removal techniques to humanely evict the squirrels.
Squirrels are notorious for creating large, messy nests within their den site and causing damage through chewing. Skedaddle will thoroughly clear away any nesting material and debris from the den and clean up the mess left behind. We can also replace soiled insulation and damaged ductwork if required.
Our final step is making sure your home is protected, not only against the current intruders, but all the other squirrels in your neighbourhood. To keep them out we will secure the entry points we identified, as well any other potential vulnerabilities.
Squirrels are so common these days that many people hardly notice their presence unless they’ve taken up residence in the attic. These rodents perform some impressive feats, like running across a utility wire without falling or digging up buried edible treasures from a spot hidden beneath the snow. They are curious and clever. Sometimes, they even discover that living in an attic provides them with an easy life, where they are comfortable and safe from harm.
Their size and scampering make them fairly easy to detect, especially since they are active during our waking hours. If you find a squirrel in your attic, Skedaddle’s technicians can remove it safely and humanely. We also make sure that entry points are sealed to prevent squirrels from trespassing in the future.
Barrie residents are all familiar with the two most common squirrels in our area, the red squirrel and the grey squirrel. These industrious little animals can be seen scampering around our yards and across utility wires at all times of the year. Though Canadian winters can be harsh, squirrels do not hibernate. They do slow down to conserve energy, but they work for months to stash food in caches that they return to in the winter.
Observing squirrels in your yard can be entertaining, but that amusement quickly disappears when you discover one living in your attic. Squirrels are great climbers and have no trouble accessing rooftops and attic vents. They use teeth and claws to gain entrance. Once there, they chew through wires, pull apart insulation and gnaw on wood or other hard surfaces. It is important to contact professionals in humane wildlife removal as soon as you discover a resident squirrel to prevent significant damage.
The typical social structure for squirrels depends on whether they are tree squirrels or ground squirrels. Tree squirrels tend to prefer a more solitary life, while ground squirrels live in social communities.
Grey squirrels aren’t always grey. In some locations, you see as many black squirrels as grey ones, but they are the same species. On occasion, a grey squirrel is born with white fur.
The name squirrel is derived from the Greek word “skiouros,” which combines “skia” and “oura.” The first term means shadow and the second means tail. Apparently, this is a reference to a behaviour squirrels often exhibit that makes them appear to hide behind their tails.
Red squirrels are far more territorial than their Eastern grey squirrel cousins. They confront other red squirrels by flicking their tail, barking and stamping their feet.