Everybody poops. Many animals are elusive or nocturnal, but they leave droppings behind them. Understanding the appearance of their droppings and where they can be found will determine the species you are dealing with. It can also tell you if there is wildlife in your home. Squirrels are known for getting into attics and other unwanted places. Finding their poop means they are nesting nearby, and they will cause damage to your home. If you need help, reach out to us. We offer humane, permanent squirrel removal services in the Greater Toronto Area.
Squirrel poop is 3 to 10mm long and has rounded edges. They bulge slightly in the centre, looking like little oblong pellets. Since the squirrel diet is mostly herbivorous, these droppings are dark brown when they are fresh, then lighten to shades of yellow and green. Like other rodents, squirrels poop everywhere. They leave droppings on the ground as well as in their nests. If there are squirrels in your attic, they will leave feces on the floor. And, just like any other droppings, they are full of bacteria. Squirrel poop must be sprayed with disinfectant before it is thrown out.
Other Signs of a Squirrel Problem
Since you’d most likely have to go into the attic to find squirrel poop, there are other signs you can look out for. Listen carefully for scratching and squealing sounds coming from the attic. As crepuscular animals, squirrels make the most noise during sunset and sunrise. They chew their surroundings, which makes a repetitive scratching or gnawing sound. Another sign is an overwhelming amount of squirrel activity on your roof. See if you can spot a squirrel going in and out of your roof and look for damage. Finally, if you can get into the attic, you might notice a bad smell and find a squirrel’s nest.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
The best way to get rid of squirrels is to hire a professional. Squirrels can be aggressive if you get too close, and a single scratch or bite can make you sick. Squirrels carry salmonella and a handful of dangerous pathogens. Getting bit will not only hurt but put you at risk of illness. Hiring a professional means that you won’t get in harm’s way. Should you hire one, he or she will install a one-way door to the entrance of the squirrel’s nest. When the squirrel wants to go out and eat, it will push its way through the door, then be unable to get back inside.
To help ensure that no more squirrels get inside the attic, professionals offer exclusion services. This means to cover and seal off every potential entry point, such as soffit gaps, holes in the roof, or plastic roof vents. At Exterminator Hamilton, we offer guaranteed exclusion services that come with a warranty of up to 2 years. We guarantee that no more squirrels will cause you trouble. If there’s squirrel poop in your attic, we can take care of that too. We offer total disinfection and cleaning services that get rid of germs and odours. Call us for an inspection today.