Squirrels vs Your House: How to Protect it From Pesky Critters
Squirrels may look cute and harmless, but they can wreak total havoc if they find their way into your home. Many people don’t notice squirrels living in their home until they hear clawing, scratching or scampering noises during the day, which is when squirrels are the most active. Although they typically stay in the attic, they can make their way into the walls and/or living areas of your home. If they aren’t removed and prevented from returning, they can do serious damage to the walls and wooden structures as well as cause an unsanitary environment. The following tips will help you understand how they are getting into your home and how to prevent them from returning.
Finding Their Way In
A squirrel can enter your home through even the smallest crack or hole. They will often find their way into the attic through areas of the house that are already damaged, or they will chew their way in. While they are searching for a way in, squirrels can cause significant damage to gutters, flashing, siding and exhaust fans. There are several places around your home that you should check for entry points, including:
Trees: check to make sure tree limbs and branches aren't within jumping distance of your home. To prevent them from gaining access to the roof and ultimately your attic, trim all trees and make sure branches aren’t any closer than six feet to the house.
Crawl space: carefully inspect the crawl space to make sure there are no holes in the walls. If a squirrel gets trapped in the crawl space, it can cause damage to the wiring and insulation as well as cause odors from their droppings. Make sure all entry points to the crawl space are well sealed and caulk all holes and cracks.
Attic: carefully check the attic for any gaps and weak areas, such as rotting wood, gaps near windows and gaps around roof fixtures, such as the chimney and vents. Seal all entry points and repair damaged wood to prevent re-entry.
the gutters are one of the easiest ways for squirrels to find their way into your home. Make sure the gutters are in good condition, clean from leaves and debris that may attract them and that the gutters are all intact. Loose gutters may leave an opening that will allow the squirrels to gain entry into the house, so make sure all downspouts and gutters are securely attached.
The best way to prevent the risk of squirrels getting into and damaging your home is by routinely looking for entry points and ensuring the exterior of your home is well maintained. Make it a point to inspect the exterior of your home and the attic at least once every couple of months. If you notice any holes, cracks or gaps, repair them immediately.
If you are having squirrel problems, contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvement. Together we can figure out the solution to the problem.