Squirrels are cute and furry animals that are often the beloved character of many cartoons and animations. However, do not be fooled by all the cuddliness, as they can be quite a nuisance to have around your home, especially when they invade your attic. You can tell you have squirrels in attic if you experience any of the following:
- Seeing a lot of squirrels around your residential compound.
- Hearing noises in your walls, ceiling and from your attic early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- Scratching or scurrying noises.
- If you notice chewed holes along the sidings, gutters or trim of your home.
A proper inspection by a wildlife control specialist is usually the best way to determine what kind of animals you have in your home and the extent of the invasion. In case an inspection reveals that you have squirrels in attic, you should get rid of them as soon as possible as they can cause quite a lot of damage as well as pose potential health risks to you and your family. Some of the dangers of having squirrels in your home include:
- Squirrels love to chew
Squirrels have strong and sharp teeth that can chew into almost anything. They use these teeth to chew into the small holes around your roof and walls to make them bigger so they can fit through while invading your home. They will also gnaw into the fascia, roof beams and wires while building their nests or looking for foods. Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year!
- Squirrels reproduce fast
Squirrel colonies can grow to up to two hundred animals in your house within just a couple of months. Imagine all that noise, gnawing and feces contamination in your home. In large amounts, the squirrel feces can cause potential health hazards.
- Weakening of the roof structure
All that gnawing and boring huge holes in your roof will eventually weaken the structure making it more vulnerable to extensive damage. These holes can also allow water to get through and cause serious water damage in your home especially during the rainy seasons.
- Causing costly damages
If you have noticed that your heating costs have increased recently is could probably be due to the damage caused by the squirrels on the attic insulation causing heat loss. If the animals urinate and defecate on the insulation, you can end up with very pungent odors while also facing the risk of experiencing the health hazards to this kind of contamination. Squirrels are to blame for as much as thirty thousand of house fire each year because they gnaw on electrical wiring.
If your family is at risk and you need to get rid of squirrels in attic permanently, call Varmint Gone Anchorage at 907-290-3099. After an extensive inspection of your home, they will advise on the best way to get rid of these pests.