Essex CT squirrel removal

RF Wildlife recently responded to a call in Essex CT the home owner had a squirrel running around the living room.  We chased out the squirrel that was hiding under the armchair. Upon further inspection we noticed the door to the attic ajar. The squirrel had a nest in the corner of the attic. Bat droppings or guano was also found in the attic. A squirrel chewed a hole in the louver vent and screen allowing access for the bats also.  After making sure no other squirrels were still in the home we removed the nest. We then installed a one way door device (bat cone) over the hole and seal the rest of the vent with hardware cloth. 

closer view of wire chewed by squirrels
closer view of wire chewed by squirrels

Wiring had been chewed by the squirrels causing a fire hazard. Even though this homeowner lived in a well maintained home squirrels do not discriminate. If you are hearing noises in your attic , please do not hesitate, call a professional. Animals can and will cause major damage once they have access into your home.

2018 fall Squirrel report

Looks like this fall is going to be a busy season for squirrels. Flying squirrels seem to be becoming a nuisance early this year. The mild winter of last year and a good crop of acorns may be to blame. The same story can be told about the grey squirrels. 

If you are hearing noises in your attic, note the time you are hearing them. Gray squirrels are most active from dawn to dusk. Flying squirrels throughout the night. Mice can be anytime.

If you are unsure what you are hearing try hitting the spot you hear the noise. A mouse will usually freeze, squirrels typically will run. Flying squirrel droppings are easily confused with mouse droppings.

In these tough economic times more and more home owners are trying to tackle squirrel problems on their own.  The problem is that many fail to do the job correctly, and educate the squirrel in the process. A Grey that is educated can be a very difficult animal to capture.  Some home owners are successful with gray squirrels. I have yet to meet a home owner that has been successful with flying squirrels. My typical do it yourself clients have done battle with the flyers for two years before they call me. Flyers normally leave in the spring and return in the fall. The only way to remove them permanently is to close off all possible entry points into the home. They will chew in but tend to chew less than the typical Grays.

Finding nuts in your attic? Grey squirrels do not normally bring many nuts into the attic. Flyers on the other hand will have a cache of nuts somewhere. You may even here them dropping the nuts down a wall during the night. Sometimes these caches of nuts can be three feet deep in a wall cavity. White footed mice will also store nuts, yet not in such abundance.

Bat Guano in CT attic

 

Bat pest control CT

Bat guano in CT attic

If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.

Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies.  A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.

Baby squirrel in house

Baby squirrel in the house during the winter

Rf Wildlife gets a lot of calls about baby squirrels running around in houses during the wintertime. Almost all of the time the squirrel you’re seeing is not a baby it’s a southern flying squirrel. Flying squirrels are confused with baby squirrels because they are one third the size of an average gray squirrel. Their eyes seem to be overly large, they have flat tails and white bellies. Most of the time they will be found in the house at night. Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and it is very rare to have only a few of them in the house during the winter months.  The colonies are usually 10 – 40 animals. They normally gain access to the house from the upper levels. Flying squirrels will travel down walls and sometimes get into the living areas. They are not aggressive but rather tame.

Baby squirrels will be just about the same size as adults by the time winter arrives. The last litter of gray squirrels would have been born by September or October in most cases. This is not a hard fast rule for squirrels that are born in attics or other places in a house. Occasionally a female squirrel may have a late litter and their survival rate inside the human structure is much greater than if they were born outdoors. The baby squirrels from that litter may actually continue that same cycle. As you can see it is possible that you have a baby squirrel in the house.

Chipmunks in attic during the winter

Chipmunks in the attic is another common call also confused for flying squirrel problem. Flying squirrels look a lot like Chipmunks if all you get is a quick glimpse. They are the same size and shape when not in flight. During the winter Chipmunks will be in their dens in near hibernation, they wake up often to eat from their stores. When in a house Chipmunks will tend to be closer to the basement, rarely are they found in attics.

If the baby squirrels you found in your house looks like the animal in this picture you have a flying squirrels. Give us a call to set up an inspection. This is not a problem. You want to deal with by yourself. We remove squirrels from houses all over Connecticut and are experienced with flying squirrel removal one of the hardest animals to evict. 860-510-6313

Wintertime Pests Rodents

 

squirrel removed Branford CT
squirrel removed Branford CT (southern flying squirrel)

Rodent pests are the majority of pest control calls during winter. Mice, gray squirrel, flying squirrel are the top three.

 

Many people complain about hearing noises in their attic. When they call one of the first things they asked me is what is living in my attic. The following is a list of questions that need to be answered before I can identify the problem rodent species.

What time are you hearing the animal?

Gray squirrels you will hear them running around from sunup to sunset. Flying squirrels are active. Later at night until early morning. Mice can be active at any time.

How loud are they? Do they wake you from a sound sleep?

Flying squirrels can be very loud their colonies average 10 to 30 squirrels. They will wake you out of a sound sleep. You may hear flying squirrels dropping nuts and other seeds. Flying squirrels store food in their den. Dear mice will also store food. Gray squirrels do not normally do this. Mice you’ll hear chilling and scratching. Gray squirrels are much easier to rule out.

Are you hearing the noise in one location or multiple locations?

Gray squirrels you will hear leaving the nest and going to the entrance hole. Gray squirrels usually do not explore the full attic daily. Flying squirrels will explore the whole attic. Flying squirrels will have a latrine and may have multiple entrances. Flying squirrels do not make a nest like gray squirrels do. Flying squirrels will burro into the insulation. Mice will also burro into the insulation. House mice tend to stick to smaller areas. But you still may hear them. In multiple locations on bigger infestations.

How to determine between mice and flying squirrels?

A simple test is to bang on the wall or ceiling at the spot you hear the noise. Mice will typically freeze, but flying squirrels will run.

The following is a list of commonly asked questions.

Do electronic sonic rodent deterrent devices work?

Some people say they do and some say they don’t. I am undecided on their effectiveness.

Do mothballs work to repel rodents and squirrels?

The simple answer is no. You would need to put so many moth balls that it would be toxic for humans. I have personally seen gray squirrels use a mothball box as nesting material.

Do rodenticides (mouse poisons) work well?

Rodenticides are very effective, but they have a few downfalls. Some pest-control companies mislead  their customers by telling them that the mice are going eat the poison and go outside, looking for water and die.  Most of the time the rodent dies in an attic or wall.

What is the best way to fix this rodent problem?

The best way to fix the problem can only be determined after an inspection. Sometimes there are multiple animals. I have personally been in attics that had raccoons, gray squirrels, flying squirrels, and mice all at the same time. I normally start by trapping, followed by closing off entrance points so other animals do not move in.

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Flying Squirrel removal

Flying Squirrel on a house Chester CT

Flying Squirrel on a house in Chester CT

Flying Squirrel Removal

 We have as many flying squirrel removal jobs as gray squirrel removal jobs, even though most people believe there are no flying squirrels in Connecticut. Flying squirrels are actually as common as gray squirrels, though they are rarely seen. Flying squirrels are nocturnal. During the colder months fall through winter flying squirrels may take up residence in human structures. Most the time they’re found in attics, soffits and in walls. Flying squirrels or flyers as we call them usually get in from the roofline. Rarely do we see just one squirrel. Flying squirrels tend to live in colonies of 10 to 30 squirrels. Most of the time. The whole colony is not found in the attic, wall or soffit at the same time. One day there may be three or four, the next 15 to 20. Many homeowners get extremely frustrated when removing flying squirrels. Just when they think they got rid of them, they come back. RF Wildlife has the knowledge and expertise to remove flying squirrels, and seal off their entrances so they do not come back.

How to identify flying squirrels over mice or other attic, soffit or wall dwelling rodents.

Flying squirrels tend to be active between the hours of 10 PM to 4 AM. And the hours between 1 AM and 3 AM they seem to be the most active. Gray squirrels on the other hand, tend to be active morning just before dawn, and evening just before dark. Mice can be active at any time, usually when it’s quiet. If you can locate where the sounds come from a simple test to tell you if it is mice flying squirrels is to bang on the wall. Flying squirrels will run whereas mice will freeze. They can be as quiet as a mouse. Though this is not very common. Most of the time they will wake you out of a sound sleep. Flying squirrels also store food and you may hear them drop acorns and other such nuts. Mice in gray squirrels do not store as much food in their den site, with the exception of dear or white footed mice. Dear and white footed mice are fairly easy to identify their brown on top and white underneath.

Why should flying squirrels be removed?

Flying squirrel should be removed not only because are noisy, or that they store food. Flying squirrels will also chew on wiring, and have the uncanny knack of removing wire insulation without getting electrocuted. Besides being a fire hazard. They also are one of the few animals that make the latrine. The other two animals that make latrines are raccoons and otter. Flying squirrel latrine (where they defecate and urinate) can seep through walls or ceilings. If you find it latrine in the attic. It will typically look like a lot of mouse droppings black and syrupy. This is because they drink a lot of tree sap.
You’ll sometimes see the black staining underneath soffit venting typically with vynal soffits.

Hopefully some of this basic information will help. If you need professional help give RF Wildlife a call 860-510-6313 or e-mail rich@RFwildlife.com