"Thank you for saving me, but can you please put me down now"
After chewing a golf ball size hole into a roof, Red squirrels will venture deep into the structure of a house. Because of their small size they can access the walls of a house by following the holes drilled in the studs to run electrical wires. This can cause serious problems.
When an animal is confined to the attic, any damage can be fixed by accessing the attic. When a red squirrel chews on wires behind walls or between floors the drywall needs to be removed in order to find the problem. This can prove to be very costly.
On occasion a red squirrel will travel so far into the structure of a house it forgets how to get back out. It may find its way into the basement of the house, as this one in the picture did, or it may starve to death and die behind the walls, creating a whole new set of challenges.
Of all the species, Red squirrels are the most challenging for us to solve. Therefore, if a Red squirrel or any animal for that matter moves into your home get them evicted humanely ASAP.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.