The Top Signs of Squirrels in the Attic

Updated April 1, 2024

The Top Signs of Squirrels in the Attic

Are you hearing funny noises coming from your attic? No, you are not crazy. There’s definitely something up there. Anyone who lives in a home with an attic knows that something’s amiss when fuzzy, uninvited guests have moved in.
What are the definite signs that you have a squirrel problem? Once we outline the top five things to look for, you know what to do next. Put your mind at ease, call a professional pest control service, and get on with your life.

Paw Prints in Unorthodox Places

Sure, you’ve grown accustomed to seeing squirrels fight fruitlessly to reach the bounty waiting in your bird feeder. Squirrels are cute. However, they’re also a nuisance that won’t think twice about trespassing and causing damage to your property if given the chance.

If you’ve noticed dirty paw prints on places outside your house, chances are you have squirrels climbing your house. Look for their tracks in places like:

  • Door frames
  • Downspouts
  • Screened windows
  • PVC roofing

Regular Coming and Going

Have you noticed more squirrels in your yard lately? Can you set your watch to the time of day when you see a squirrel climb up your downspout? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consider keeping sentry.

Chances are, you’ll notice squirrels don’t tend to dash from tree to rooftop just for fun. They often have a plan, and the plan is “get inside and get safe.”

Bent Roof Vents and Attic Ventilation

Take a look at your attic’s exhaust ventilators. They might be on your siding or on your roof itself. If you notice any holes or broken pieces, there is likely something that caused it and is benefitting from that damage. Attic damage caused by squirrels is hard to miss.

Odd Smells

Plain talk: nesting squirrels don’t travel far to use the facilities. Where you have one squirrel you likely have a family, including baby squirrels. And a family of squirrels means a lot of bathroom breaks right above your living space.

If you think you’re noticing a foul droppings and urine smell that simply won’t go away, check your attic. It’s likely coming from squirrel droppings.

Scratching Noises Just Above the Ceiling

This is the big giveaway. The thing that’s putting your dog or cat on edge. The thing that’s making it impossible to relax before bed. If you hear scratching in the same spot every early morning or evening, you have a critter problem.

Unlike mice or chipmunks, squirrels are generally too big to climb between your walls. And unlike raccoons, which are big and hardly subtle, squirrels don’t tend to stomp or make a lot of noise. A squirrel in the attic sound is hard to miss. And they are quite destructive nonetheless, so if you hear that distinct scratch, it’s time to call the pros.
Alpha Wildlife has vast experience removing all kinds of damaging pests, including squirrels, from attics, basements, garages, and more. Learn more about our squirrel removal services.