While small, squirrels can create significant damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Like all rodents, squirrels' incisors never stop growing. To manage it, squirrels constantly chew and gnaw.
Squirrels typically nest in trees but will enter attics to have baby squirrels. Attics provide increased protection from the elements and predators.
What Does Squirrel Damage Look Like?
Squirrel damage usually comes from chewing and gnawing, but building nests and defecating also damage your home.
Squirrels only need a golf ball-sized hole to enter your house. If they can't find it, they can expand an existing gap by chewing it. Once inside your home, squirrels damage attics by chewing wires, ripping up insulation and defecating in the attic.
Squirrels can easily chew through natural materials like cedar shingles or wood siding.
Metal won't stop a squirrel from gnawing. While the squirrels did not gain access to a person's home, they did damage aluminum siding and the metal gutter guard.
Squirrels will chew on wires, wooden support beams, PVC pipes, and whatever might be stored in your attic.
A squirrel typically builds its nest with leaves, grass, moss, and shreds of bark. But once they're in the attic, they'll use materials like insulation.
Squirrel droppings can also harm your health. Mold and fungus can grow in their droppings. Diseases like leptospirosis and Salmonellosis are spread via animal waste. Finally, ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, bed bugs, and chiggers introduced by a wild animal can spread diseases to you and your family.
What can I do about squirrel damage?
In order to prevent squirrel damage to your home and yard, call the professionals at Trutech Wildlife Service! Our experienced specialists know how to safely and humanely remove squirrels from your attic. We will then seal the squirrels' entry points, ensuring that squirrels will not be able to enter your house again and cause squirrel damage.