Squirrels may look cute scurrying across the park but let’s face it, they are still rodents. They will steal birdseed from bird feeders. They will gnaw their way into your attic and yes, once inside can and will cause additional structural damage when trying to nest.
Most of the time squirrels will reside in tree cavities or even build nests on heavier branches for protection, but the warmth of an inviting home will attract squirrels and offer shelter for the cooler season. Much of the damage squirrels will do will be around entry points. If they find a loose soffit or fascia board or small hole that is a tight fit, they will chew around it until they can enter your attic area. Once in your attic, squirrels have been known to damage electrical wires, tear into insulation or even items you may have stored away in order to gather nesting material.
Structural damage and other repairs from a squirrel infestation in your attic can add up fast.
To help keep the squirrel population away from your home takes the combined effort of both you and your pest control operator. Some suggestions for deterring squirrels that you can do would be:
- Remove food sources such as bird feeders or pet bowls with food left in
- If you have any nut or fruit trees in your yard, be persistent with keeping them picked or raked up and off the yard.
- Trim overhanging tree branches near your roofline
- If you don’t have pets that will chase away squirrels, consider sprinkling black or cayenne pepper around the yard to deter squirrels from your yard.
- Squirrels do not like the scent of mint. It is a natural rodent repellent. Consider growing mint around the yard as a deterrent.
Squirrels can become aggressive when they feel threatened by humans, so contacting a reliable rodent and wildlife pest control operator is a safe and logical solution. Live trapping is recommended for the capture and removal of squirrels finding their way into your home. Your pest control operator should:
- Identify the rodent to ensure best procedure and course of action of removal.
- Set live animal cages and safely and humanely remove caged squirrels at least 5 miles from your residence to avoid them returning to the home they have been familiar with.
- Identify open points of entry around the home and rooftop to seal and prevent further squirrel infestations
Identification and eradication of squirrel issues in your attic early on is key. If you are having squirrel or other rodent issues beyond your control call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022.