Squirrels may be cute when they’re chasing each other up and down trees, but they aren’t so adorable when they end up in your attic or walls. If a squirrel infestation gets out of control, it’s important to take immediate action. Otherwise, these creatures can cause all sorts of damage to your home and create an unsafe environment for your family. Plus, the sounds of scurrying squirrels in the walls can keep you up all night.

Got a hunch some squirrels have moved in? You’ll want to pay close attention to this brief guide.

What are some common signs of a squirrel infestation?

If you’re worried about squirrels making your home into¬†their¬†home, you’ll want to keep a sharp eye, ear, and nose out for some common signs. They include:

  • Strange noises
  • Droppings
  • Chewed or damaged entry points
  • Damage to insulation, duct work, soffits and fascia, roofing, or other areas
  • Nests
  • A foul odor
  • Increased squirrel activity around the property

If you’ve seen one or more of these signs, squirrel removal (or even carcass disposal) may be in order. To be sure, you’ll want to call a professional animal control specialist ASAP.

What are the dangers of having a squirrel infestation?

Animals in attics pose many risks for homeowners, but a squirrel infestation can be especially serious. Squirrels will gnaw through almost anything, including electrical wiring. Their presence could easily lead to a devastating fire in your home. Their urine and fecal matter will create uncomfortable and unsanitary conditions for your family. And if a squirrel dies while in your home, the odor can lead to headaches and nausea. That’s why it’s so important to pursue professional help for removal and carcass disposal.

Can I remove the squirrels myself?

You can try, but it’s not recommended. You may think you’re saving money by going the DIY route, but you’re actually putting yourself and your home at further risk. The tactics you try may not be effective in the long run and you could potentially be hurt. Last year, the revenues of pest control services in the U.S. were projected to reach $12.29 billion, and these experts know how to handle rodent issues correctly. Whether you need dead squirrel removal or not, it’s better to get some assistance from professionals.

If you think you might be dealing with a squirrel infestation, take care of the problem sooner rather than later. Get in touch with your local pest removal professionals to have them inspect your property and make their recommendations.