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Will a squirrel chew through the ceiling?

If a squirrel has gotten into your attic, it will chew through most materials that it comes across. This includes things such as electrical wiring, wooden beams and foundations, flooring, wood paneling, and a lot more. They have teeth that constantly grow, and that means they need something that will work to grind them down. Their constant chewing action helps them to achieve this, and they'll often just keep going and going and going … if that means through your ceiling, then so be it. If you hear scuffling coming from above your head, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. Ignoring one squirrel will soon lead to baby squirrels, and that will lead to much more devastation and destruction. If you don't want to face the little beast yourself, call in the professional in the form of a wildlife control expert. The city or country animal control services are not the right people to call - they tend to deal with rogue dogs and similar creatures. Pest control aren't the right people either - they are usually better equipped to deal with insects and much smaller animals. The cost of squirrel repairs can be ridiculously huge. Don't let the problem get that far.



It is very common in the US to for squirrels to invade your home and take up residence in your attic space, basement, garage, or the space above your ceilings. When you hear an excess of scurrying and scuffling about overhead it means that they have taken up residence in the ceiling space. Besides hearing them running from one area to another across the ceiling, they can be causing even greater problems. A Squirrel's teeth continually grow throughout their life so they constantly gnaw in order to keep them short. In fact, squirrels, rats, and mice need to gnaw constantly in order to control the uninterrupted growth of their front teeth.

Because of this, they can easily chew holes in wood, drywall and plastic. Rodents have no problem gnawing through pipes, baseboards, trim, wiring, trash bins, and plastic containers, so your drywall paneling and plastered ceilings are no problem to get through Squirrels, like all rodents, can fit very tight spaces which make it fairly easy for them to fit into the ceiling. It is also true that squirrels have ever growing teeth that are made for chewing and that it much easier for them to gnaw their way through your ceilings. While a visual sighting is probably the most sure fire way to know that a squirrel has made it s way through your ceiling, there are other useful clues.

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Listen for odd noises- Squirrels are diurnal, and almost always active during the daytime; therefore you will hear a lot of scratching, darting up and down as well loud noises in different locations around the ceiling while it is light, especially at dawn and dusk.

Look for holes chewed in the outside of your home, especially around the roof area- Squirrels are extremely determined creatures with lots of time on their hands. So if a squirrel wants in your attic, it will find a way into the ceiling. This is usually accomplished by chewing multiple holes for easy access. Once you have positively identified the holes in your exterior as entryways, you can come up with countermeasures to help alleviate your squirrel problems.

Look for, and positively identify Squirrel droppings- Droppings or “scat left by squirrels will be another obvious clue that you have squirrels infesting your home and they have most likely chewed through your ceiling.

Remember, squirrels can maneuver its way in to almost any part of the architecture of your house. Chewing Through the eaves allows access to the walls and the ceilings of your home. Since they are rodents, squirrels can easily fit in the small gap between your first and second floor and attic space. You will almost always have squirrels in November or March when they are setting up house for nesting. If you discover that you have squirrels in your ceiling, you must act quickly to get rid of these pests! Not only can Squirrels cause costly damage, they can also carry pests like fleas, ticks, and, mites as well as other parasite. They can harbor disease that s and can spread to you and your pets through droppings or waste blown through the air. If you suspect you have of squirrels living in the ceiling of your home, take action quickly! You can find lots of information to DIY, or contact your local feed store. Another great choice is to call one of the many animal removal professionals in your area.

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Please be kind to squirrels! They are intelligent animals, and believe it or not, they definitely have emotions!
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