When Squirrels Get Inside Your Home Or Business

People often think squirrels are cute with their erratic behavior and funny mannerisms, that is until they end up inside of your home or business. More often than not, when squirrels enter a structure, they are simply displaying natural behaviors, which are to seek food and shelter.

Common Problem Areas

When you hear or see squirrel activity inside of your chimney, you can bet the squirrel(s) has become trapped. Once squirrels get into or fall into a chimney, they find it difficult to climb back out. If they are trapped, squirrels may try to exit through fireplace openings on the inside of a structure or basement ducts. Never try to “smoke” a squirrel out of a chimney. Since most squirrels that end up in chimneys are trapped, smoking them out will not work and may kill the animal, still leaving you with problems.

A telltale sign of having squirrels in your attic is the noises they make. If you are hearing noises in the morning and again in the early evening, there is a good chance squirrels are to blame. Squirrels are lightweight and very quick movers, so the sounds are that of swift scurrying or sprints, typically coming from the attic and edges of a structure's roof. The majority of the noise is made when the squirrels are entering and exiting the attic. The noises often increase during the months of September and March when baby squirrels start to become more active and mobile.

Common Entry Points

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Squirrels can gain entry into a structure through a number of different ways. Whether they enter by chewing a hole or seeking opportunity through damaged material on a structure, squirrels can be quite opportunistic.

Most Common Squirrels Found In New England

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Northern Gray Squirrels

Eastern Gray Squirrels begin to breed in January and February, and are highly active in March as they seek out shelter in chimneys and vents for raising their young. They are also active in October when they have second litters and seek out shelter for the winter.

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Red Squirrels

Like Gray Squirrels, Red Squirrels cause similar problems when they begin breeding in January and February. Red Squirrels are highly active in March as they seek out shelter in chimneys and vents for raising their young. They are also active in October when they have second litters and seek out shelter for the winter.

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Northern Flying Squirrels

Northern Flying Squirrels peak around September as they begin looking for a winter home, typically in an attic space. During January and February, they tend to become a nuisance as they create a lot of noise taking up mating in attics. Their young are born in March and April, and squirrels will try and raise them in the attic space throughout the summer.

Control Services

When you have a wildlife intruder inside of your home or business, fast and effective service is vital. Our Wildlife Service Professionals are trained specifically for wildlife control - who will access, plan, and implement tailored, humane, and effective solutions for homes and businesses. Whether you have a single squirrel trapped in your chimney, or an entire family living in your attic, JP Pest Services is ready to implement the right solution for your home or business. Your Wildlife Service Professional will provide humane, effective, and efficient solutions for your wildlife issue, all while focusing on preventive methods to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. Our wildlife control solutions include:

On-site Property Inspection & Estimate
Our Wildlife Service Professionals start by performing a thorough inspection of the property. The inspection will assess current the wildlife issues as well as risk factors for potential problems in the future. Upon completing the inspection, your Service Professional will provide a documented and detailed analysis, and service estimate.

Squirrel issues that cannot be solved by exclusion techniques are typically removed from structures with humane traps, and then relocated if safe for the animal and environment.

Exclusion & Prevention
Exclusion techniques mean allowing the animal to exit the structure of their free will but deny them re-entry, that along with sealing entrance points provides the most effective and long-term control solutions. Exclusion methods include:

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1. One-way Doors

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2. Trap & Release

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3. Chimney Caps

Industry Leading Service Warranty

We stand behind our work, which is why JP Pest Services offers a 5-year warranty on guaranteed squirrel exclusion services. Contact Customer Service for more details at 1.800.222.2908 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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