Serving Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex County
With this home in Brick, a squirrel found a small opening at this gable vent and decided it was a good place to start. The squirrel chewed the perfect entry point through the gable vent and right through the light mesh cover that came with it.
To resolve this attic infestation, I performed an exclusion to the gable vent by placing a one way door to the entry point. This will allow the squirrel a one-way trip. With these one-way devices, squirrels can leave, but they can't get back in.
In addition, I placed three live traps on the roof that I'll checked frequently. Once caught, I'll relocate them to a safe place away from human habitats. I thoroughly checked the attic to make sure that there were no baby squirrels up there. Fortunately, the mother had not yet given birth. This will take care of the squirrel problem, and all that is left is for the homeowner to repair the property damage. Unfortunately, one little squirrel is capable of causing a fair amount of damage to a home.
In early March, I was sent to a residence in Brick to deal with a squirrel infestation. During this time of year, spring is right around the corner. Although March can throw us some curveballs with the weather, invariably, temperatures will start to warm, flowers will bloom, and leaves will start to spout on trees.
While humans appreciate the warmer temperatures and more daylight, for wildlife, these changes are absolutely essential for their survival as a species. The transition to spring has major effects on animal behavior. This is their busy season for getting back to work, and producing their next generation. Wildlife don’t have much more on their “to do list” other than foraging for food and breeding.
Older female grey squirrels usually breed once or twice a year depending on the availability of food. Squirrels are single-parent households. When a female squirrel becomes receptive, which lasts less than a day, her scent will attract the males. The most dominant one gets to go first, and then other males take their turns. Afterwards, the males then depart and have nothing else to do with the female or the young. The mother squirrel will have a litter of three or four babies after about a 45-day gestation period. Many of the squirrels you see running around now are carrying little ones!
Right now, those mother squirrels are looking for a safe place to give birth. They will search for a place that will offer protection, warmth, and security. Outdoors, the mothers give birth and care for their young in a drey, a nest made out of twigs, built in the forks of tall trees or in a cavity nest in a hollow tree. Outdoors, the vulnerable young are at the risk of predator and mother squirrels often investigate birthing spots inside structures. And what better place is there than YOUR attic?! It’s a prime location that’s dry, quiet, and isolated. Mother squirrels will start probing around your home looking for any vulnerable areas to gain access.