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September is Squirrel Season, So Stay on the Lookout

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August through October and February through May are the seasons in which baby squirrels are born. As of this month there are already some adorable pest babies happily snuggling up to their moms.

 

That means squirrels are already instinctively on the lookout for clean, dry, warm places to build their nest, and to them your attic looks pretty much perfect.

 

Got unscreened vents? Loose or rotten soffits, fascia, or trim? You might just start hearing squirrels in your attic. Here’s what you’ll want to do.

 

How can you inspect your home for squirrels?

 

This is a great time to see if there are any points of entry you should be concerned about. If you see holes or exterior wood rot there’s a good chance that squirrels are either already in your attic or will be very soon.

 

You can call us to check, or you can just go ahead and block off these points of entry while watching for other signs that squirrels are present.

 

Signs of squirrels include scampering sounds in your attic, scratching noises in your attic or walls, and foul odors.

 

Can I get rid of squirrels by hunting them?

 

In Texas it is legal to hunt squirrels, but this won’t solve your problem.

 

Squirrel season for hunters starts on October 1st and runs to February 27th. There’s a second season all through the month of may, with a daily bag limit of 10 and a possession limit of 20. You can’t possibly shoot enough to get rid of them all, and in most neighborhoods firing guns off in your back yard is a bad idea to begin with and may be illegal.

 

 Even if you shot ten squirrels a day and plan on eating a lot of squirrel stew you won’t necessarily get rid of the problem, as baby squirrels are not coming out of the attic. They’re falling into wall cavities instead, where they can get stuck and die, which means your home could get infested with the smell of a rotting corpse.

 

We use humane squirrel removal, and don’t really recommend shooting them anyway. Be advised that it’s only legal to shoot gray squirrels and fox squirrels. There are many other varieties of squirrels here in Houston and any one of them could be infesting your home.

 

Are there any DIY squirrel removal solutions I can try?

 

Cayenne pepper? Sprinkler systems? Mint?

 

Sorry, these won’t keep squirrels out of your attic. They’ll barely keep squirrels out of your yard. There are no squirrel control baits that work and poisoning them only increases the chances that one of them will die in your home.

 

Get Humane Squirrel Removal

 

Once they’re in your home you’ll need a professional to get them all. We find all of their nests and entry points, trap them, ensure they can’t get back in your home.

 

Once that’s done we can recommend electricians and cleaning professionals who can help you clean up any damage that’s been done.

We work throughout the Greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Houston Heights, the Energy Corridor, Humble, Kingwood, Katy, Sugarland, Pearland, Baytown, and many more.