If you live in Atlanta and you've been hearing mysterious scratching sounds coming from your attic, there's no need to call a ghost hunter. You probably have a squirrel issue, which is a problem best left to Skyline Pest Solutions. Skyline's wildlife removal experts can identify which type of squirrel has taken up residence in your house and can develop the best strategy for removing the pests and blocking future invasions.
The Hazards Caused by Gray Squirrels
Gray squirrels are mostly active in the early hours of the morning, and they tend to settle down at night time. Despite their adorable appearances, gray squirrels are literal homewreckers. All of that noise you're hearing throughout the day is the sound of your insulation being moved around as they make nests, which can quickly add up to thousands of dollars in home repairs. Gray squirrels may also bring in materials from the outside to make nests for their young. While they do not directly transmit any diseases to humans, gray squirrels often bring fleas, ticks and mites into your home. Squirrel droppings also contain bacteria like leptospirosis and salmonella, which can infect people and pets. The biggest danger squirrels present is their constant chewing: if a squirrel gnaws away at your home's interior wiring and pipes, you could have a fire or a flood on your hands at any time. Effective gray squirrel control requires not only capturing the rodents already inside your home, but it also necessitates sealing off entry points to prevent further intrusions.
The Dangers Posed by Flying Squirrels
Unlike their more grounded counterparts, flying squirrels are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night. They are also more sociable than gray squirrels as evidenced by their tendency to form multi-family groups during the winter. While they cannot fly like birds, flying squirrels have extra folds of skin between their front and hind limbs that act like wings and allow them to glide for several hundred feet. If it sounds like something is rolling around in your walls or in your attic during the middle of the night, you could very well have a whole tribe of squirrels using your attic like a playground. They cause all of the same problems as gray squirrels, but they may require a more aggressive plan for removal given their penchant for traveling in groups.
Don't let squirrels become residents in your home. If one squirrel was able to get into your home, there will certainly be others to follow, and they can create an immediate threat to you and your family. Call Skyline for a free evaluation on squirrel removal services right away if you suspect a rodent invasion.