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A squirrel WILL chew through the ceiling, given half a chance, and they're not the only animal known to do something like that either. Rats and mice are both chewing rodents, and they, alongside squirrels, can cause a great deal of damage in your home over a very short period of time.
Squirrels are quite small creatures, so they have the uncanny knack of being able to get themselves stuck in the weirdest places, and sometimes in the weirdest of positions too. We have come across squirrels in the attic, in wall cavities, crawl spaces, in the roof, and much more, and if they get stuck in there, with no way of getting out, they will use the only tools they have to hand. In this case, it will be their sharp teeth and claws. They will use a combination of both to try and escape, although sometimes this could mean them delving even deeper into the wall cavities and unexplored spaces of your home.
The thing with animals like squirrels, is that they are very good climbers as long as they have something that they can grip on to with their claws. This makes them perfect animals for living in trees, because trees have a soft, wooden surface that their claws easily grip onto and sink into. If a squirrel were to fall down a wall cavity, however, or down the chimney, the inside will generally be quite smooth — smooth drywall or metal, perhaps. When this is the case, the squirrel can get in, but can’t easily get out again, and it helps if you then intervene. For the most part, a snare trap pole will help to get them out, but you could use other methods also. If the animal was stuck own the chimney, for example, a long piece of rope could be all the leverage the animal needs in order to free itself, as long as it hasn't become injured.
If you can't get to the wall cavity, however, or you don't get to the animal in time, there's a good chance the squirrel could chew right through the hard materials, and right through the ceiling too! It could actually start raining … squirrels!
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does squirrel removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of squirrels - my main squirrel removal info guide.
Example squirrel trapping photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Squirrel job blog - learn from great examples of squirrel jobs I've done.
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