Spring is here, the snow is thawing and squirrels are making their way out of their dens. In saying so, squirrels will begin to look for new places to set up their nests and more times than not, houses are their first option. They will gain access into your attic by chewing holes from the outside through eaves, soffits, gutters, trim, construction gaps or other weak areas. Additionally, most squirrels will have babies twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Each squirrel can have upwards of 7 babies in a year, making for a rapidly growing population in your home.
In Alaska, the most widespread and commonly spotted squirrel is the Red Squirrel. They are easy to recognize, with their rust-colored fur, white belly and tuffs of hair on their ears. Their habitat range extends throughout most of forested Alaska. They are highly condensed near the crest of the Brooks Range and all the way through southeast Alaska. These squirrels eat insects, seeds, bark, nuts, fruits, mushrooms and pine seeds or cones. In saying so, they will often times store their food, especially pine seeds and cones, under homes where there is a gap in the foundation. In these gaps, they will find an easy access into your home and attic area.
It is imperative to know the signs of squirrel infestation so that they can be removed as quickly as possible. This will ensure that your home does not undergo further damage or be at risk of a potential fire. There are a few key factors to look out for if you are wondering whether or not you have a squirrel infestation on your hands. Some of these signs include, seeing more squirrels than usual around your home or business, hearing scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling or walls, as well as noticing chew holes in your home or business’s soffit, siding, gutters, or trim. It is important to get rid of squirrels as soon as possible in order to avoid additional internal property damage.
It is also critical to understand that the damage these nocturnal mammals create can cause a lot of potential hazards to your home and your family. First and foremost, the holes created by squirrels can cause severe water damage to your property. They can also damage attic insulation, thus increasing your heating and cooling costs. Squirrels also urinate and defecate in the insulation, eventually leading to severe odors and potential health effects. The most threatening situation,overall, is the gnawing on wires by squirrels in your attic. Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year! If squirrels are not removed, you and your family are put at severe risk.
Ultimately, if you do not stop the entry of squirrels into your attic, then they WILL return each season. That is why it is highly important to call Varmint Gone as soon you notice the first sign of squirrels in or around your home. After Varmint Gone has completed the initial inspection, they will remove all squirrels from your home or business and seal all holes and vulnerable areas using galvanized steel or mesh to ensure the squirrels cannot reenter. If the squirrels caused any damage to electrical wires, we have a licensed electrician repair the damaged wires back to code. In addition to this, Varmint Gone provides a warranty on squirrel removal services for your home or business. Schedule an inspection with the specialists at Varmint Gone to help you assess your squirrel situation.