Wildlife Education - Information, Advice, and Techniques for the Safe Removal of Squirrels from Attics

Squirrel Feces, Droppings, Poop

How Can I Get Rid Of Squirrel Feces And Urine?
If you have had the misfortune of experiencing a home invasion of squirrels you will, no doubt, have discovered that they cause a great deal of damage which can be extremely expensive to put right. If you have successfully managed to eradicate squirrels from your home and have also sealed it against possible re-invasion it is time to start the clean-up operation. This may be extensive and time consuming and it may be a good idea to use a professional cleaning company who can carry out a deep clean of the affected area.

You will most likely have noticed that there are vast amounts of squirrel feces and urine left behind in your attic. In common with most rodents squirrels tend to take a spray approach when expelling their waste, in fact, they urinate almost constantly as they run around – and, to make matters worse, it is thought that their urine contains pheromones which ‘signal’ to other squirrels. It is essential then to ensure that your premises are thoroughly cleaned after any squirrel infestation, you may even have to replace your loft insulation to ensure you have disposed of all the waste matter. Whilst cleaning the area you should wear protective clothing and a mask to avoid inhaling any unpleasant fumes, also ensure that the area is well ventilated – but still squirrel proof!

Is There Any Danger Of Squirrel Disease For Humans?
If you have squirrels in your home and are investigating ways of getting rid of them one of your concerns is most likely wondering if there is any risk of squirrel disease for humans. Generally speaking there is little or no danger to humans from any disease carried by squirrels. As with all animals, squirrel feces can pose the threat of salmonella infection if handled without following good hygiene practices. Reports that squirrels can cause rabies in humans are anecdotal at best and there appears to be little conclusive evidence to support this theory.

Squirrels are known to carry fleas and ticks and it is these which may pose the threat of squirrel disease in humans. Ticks can cause tick fever in humans, once a squirrel, and its attendant ticks and fleas, leaves its nest, particularly in warmer weather, the ticks and fleas may well look for new living accommodation – on you or your pets. Once you have ticks or fleas in your home it is extremely difficult to get rid of them, they are likely to remain until long after the squirrels have gone unless you take the necessary steps to eliminate them from your carpets, furnishings, pets and pet bedding.

Is There A Trick For Squirrels, Pheromones & Insulation
Many animals secrete pheromones as way of influencing other animals of the same species. Squirrels are known to secrete their pheromones along their favored runs letting their squirrel friends know that there is a great place to live nearby or a good store of food. The bad news for homeowners is that if you have squirrels then you also have the pheromones that are signaling a welcome party to the rest of your local squirrel population. What is worse is that if the squirrels are in your well-insulated attic the pheromones (along with fecal matter and urine) will be absorbed into the insulation.

If you have managed to resolve your squirrel problem, if you have removed them all and sealed your house to prevent re-entry then you need to clean the whole area. Because of the problem of pheromones in the insulation you may well need to replace the whole lot otherwise you may find squirrels making desperate attempts to get into your home and causing vast amounts of damage as they do so. Once you have removed the insulation, ensuring you wear the right protective gear as you do so, it needs to be properly disposed of and then the whole area should be cleaned with anti-bacterial cleanser and even a steam cleaner.

Can You Vacuum Up Squirrel Feces
Following a squirrel infestation, it is extremely important that you ensure your house is spotlessly clean and free from any trace of the pests, otherwise you risk of another group coming to live in your attic. Even if you get rid of the original culprits and their scent remains it can attract other squirrels and pests to the premises as a good place to live, nest and breed. This usually involves an exceptionally deep clean, going right into your wall cavities to check your insulation for signs or urine or feces. The feces of smaller rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels along with those of bats and birds cannot be removed by hand if you are realistic due to the size and nature of the droppings – they are often thousands in number, tiny and spread out over an area.

Squirrel feces that have been left in your attic or home should be vacuumed out, but you should use a filter vacuum if possible. It is important that you replace infected wall insulation as vacuuming will not effectively remove any fecal matter left in the wall. If the infestation has been particularly bad, you may need to hire an industrial cleaner with a high powered vacuum.

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Please be kind to squirrels! They are intelligent animals, and believe it or not, they definitely have emotions!
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