Squirrels are quite common in the suburban and urban areas and they love to spend time on the roofs since they are such excellent climbers. The reason as to why you may see squirrels on the roof is because it is a part of their environment and it can also be because the roof is a great place to shelter. You may have an eave overhanging, a chimney cover or even an awning where the squirrels can choose to nest. You will know they are up there by the sounds they make and you can actually spot them on your roof.
You may also notice the squirrels on the roof because they have been able to locate an entry point into your attic. When the squirrels chose your attic, finding the babies can be a bit tricky than if only adults were involved. You will have to find the best at all costs because failure to do so means that the babies will simply die.
More commonly than nesting on the roof though, squirrels prefer to nest inside the house, in the attic or soffit. In cases such as these, it can be hard to find the nest of young squirrels, if a nest is present, but it must be done, or else they will die. One option, if the nest can't be found, is to just wait a few weeks, until the young squirrels are up and about on their own, and then they can all be trapped.
When you want to handle the problem, you will need to set traps on the roof so as to catch them. The best method is live trapping as it is very inhumane to kill them. Even when the squirrels live within the attic, it doesn’t make any sense to place a trap inside the attic. One may be placed at the exit point as they will have to get out at some point.
Squirrels can be very destructive and that is why it is important that you address the matter as soon as you realize there is an issue. The numbers can go up very quickly and to avoid such a situation, you need to correct it as early as possible. There are some other ways as well that can be adopted if you see squirrels on the roof. Such ways are known by the wildlife experts so better to contact them!
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