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Squirrels Take Refuge In London’s Attics

We are often asked by our customers whether squirrels take refuge in homes during the colder months. The unfortunate answer is yes, and squirrel problems in the loft can cause a great deal of trouble for homeowners.

Why do squirrels take refuge in your attic?

Like many animals squirrels, take refuge during the autumn and winter. As you can imagine, these animals are completely unsuited to snowy and wet weather. This is why they often end up in your attic during winter. One obvious fact about squirrels is that they need to keep warm, and your attic provides the perfect place to do this.

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There are many other reasons why this happens. Besides keeping warm, your attic also provides shelter from the elements. When inside your home, squirrels do not have to deal with things like snow, rain, or bitterly freezing temperatures. The attic provides them with a dry place to build their nests and give birth to offspring. Your attic also gives them ample building materials for their nests.

Squirrels can cause a lot of damage

Squirrels also take refuge in attics because your home is stocked with an easy source of food during winter. When squirrels in your attic get hungry, they will often begin to rampage through your home looking for food. Also, take note that the squirrels may not necessarily live in the attic full time. Quite often they cause problems in your garden by day and simply use your loft as a place to get out of bad weather, or somewhere to sleep at night.

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Another reason why they move into attics is because there is plenty for them to gnaw on. This can cause immense problems. Their gnawing can damage the wooden items including things like floorboards, roof beams, and even brickwork. They can also completely destroy whatever is stored in your attic. In some cases they can even chew through electrical cables. This has the potential to lead to electrical outages and even fires.

These pests may cause serious damage to your home. Not only that, these pests make a tremendous mess. This includes the mess left through nest building, in addition to their droppings and urine.

So what can you do when squirrels take refuge in your attic? The simplest solution is to pest proof your attic. This should keep the majority of squirrels out. If you’re still having trouble, then the next best solution is to call in a reputable squirrel pest control service like Diamond. We are available 24 hours a day, and are always happy to help.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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