Squirrels normally enter attics looking for a safe, comfortable place to start a family. Once that happens the squirrel's babies (which are called juveniles for the first year) will also make your attic their home, bringing food and other materials from outside into the attic to make their nesting areas. Some of the holes squirrels use to enter your attic will soon become an interstate for other wildlife such as rats.
Squirrels can easily do as much damage as a rat. Their teeth grow their entire life requiring them to chew to keep them filed down. Squirrels have to chew constantly to prevent their teeth from protruding outside of their mouth leaving them unable to eat. A squirrel will chew on electrical wires, ducting from your ventilation fans, copper AC condensate lines, fascia, wood trim and pretty much anything else in or on your home.
Although squirrels are not a "rat with a tail" as some customers describe, they are classified in the same family and are scientifically considered rodents. A squirrel's tail has several uses. The main use is for balance. If you ever watch a squirrel at play and their acrobatics, you'll see the tail does this very effectively. In the event that a squirrel does fall, the tail is used much like a parachute. Their tail is also used as a blanket in the winter. The squirrel will also quickly flicker his tail to communicate with other squirrels. It is thought that the flickering is telling the other squirrels to stay away.
Squirrel noises in your Florida home or business can be very loud and irritating keeping you awake at night wondering what is scratching around in your home's attic. The chattering & scampering noises a squirrel makes can be extremely nerve racking when it's overhead or in the walls of your home. Squirrels have no problem living side by side with humans
Squirrels normally have an abundance of food, so a human feeding them is not needed for survival. However, one thing that you should never do is hold a nut with your fingers for a squirrel to eat. A squirrel's eyes are on the side of its head and it can't see what is right in front of its mouth. A squirrel has strong sharp jaws that easily slice through the shells of nuts. While biting at about six times a second, he will have no idea he's about to accidentally bite clean through the meat of your finger all the way to the bone until he's done it.
Customers sometimes try to put poison in their attic to take care of their squirrel problem. "IF" a squirrel decides to dine on the poison (which is very rare), the squirrel may die in the attic.
Most poisons are an anticoagulant (prevents blood from clotting) causing the rat or mouse bleed to death internally. The dead rat or mouse will then leave an awful odor potentially causing headaches, nausea and general displeasure. This also causes large flies in the the home or business which is common as the rodent decomposes.
Pest proofing your home is the only way to keep from having a squirrel infestation over and over again. We have humane ways to remove squirrels from your attic.