It’s around 11:00 pm and you are finally getting into bed from a very hard day. While you’re lying in bed, you start to hear noises coming from within your attic. The noises sound like little feet running around and scratching noises. You get up out of your bed, annoyed, and open the attic hatch to look to see what’s going on. Once you enter through the attic entry, you see tiny eyes glowing at you as if you invaded their space. You see squirrels and think sarcastically, what a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day; however, unwanted squirrels living inside your home is definitely not appreciated. Squirrels are one of the unwanted nuisance pest that can take up residence within your attic. These pests cause a lot of noise while everyone has settled down for the evening and they can also cause a lot of damage to your home as well. Squirrels have extremely sharp teeth which can cut into roofing material, vinyl siding and even electrical wires.
Some entry areas in which squirrels can use to gain access into your home are:
Squirrels use chimneys as a point of entry. The bricks on the chimney allow these nuisance pests to go up and down which provides them a nesting spot on top of the fireplace. There are times that squirrels can fall and get stuck at the bottom of the chimney.
The roof area provides many access spots for squirrels. Since they have such sharp razor like teeth, they can chew into parts of the soffit, gutter and even some roofing materials. If there is any spot that is deteriorating, squirrels use these spots as a quick access into your home. Squirrels can also get through certain gable vent that are constructed from aluminum, plastic or wood because parts of the vents provide edges they can chew through.
Bird feeders invites squirrels. They are a great food source for them and as long as they have a consistent food source, then they are going to find a home nearby. Most of the time that home is your home. Any type of tree that produces nuts or acorns should be raked up consistently. This is another great food source that they can rely on. Tree branches that are close to your home are also a technique squirrels can use to enter. Squirrels can leap right off the branch onto your roof and start chewing away to gain access.
Once a squirrel gains access into your home, the entry area used can also be used by other wildlife animals as well.
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