If you're hearing bumping, thumping, scraping, and other strange noises coming from your attic, it can make you wonder what's up there, and how it got there. But, when you're standing outside of your home and you watch a squirrel enter in through a small hole in your roofline, fascia, or soffit, it leaves little doubt about either. Let's take a look at this and other ways squirrels can get into your home and, more importantly, how they do it.
Location, Location, Location
Squirrels are tree climbing critters that can leap a good distance. If you have tree branches near your roof, squirrels are almost certainly going to take advantage of these, and use them as a bridge to get onto your roof. Once there, they will have access to your roofline. But that isn't the only place they can get in. If your home has a chimney running down the side, you might have a gap at the top that squirrels can exploit. They can also get in through windows and window frames.
How Squirrels Get In
Squirrels are rodents and, just like other rodents, they have incisors that are designed to chew through things. They use these teeth to chew their way in through vulnerable locations on a house, like the ones listed above. If you have squirrels in your home, there is a good chance they used their teeth to get in. When they find a hole that has been created by other creatures, they are more than happy to make those holes bigger. When they see wood that has been rotted by water damage, they make easy work of gnawing through it. If the location they chew gives them access to an open space within, they'll crawl in and make a home. Once inside, it is only a matter of time before they realize there is a giant space beyond the tiny void they've discovered. That's probably how they got into your attic.
The bigger question is, "How do you get them out?" We highly recommend you call a professional--and not just because we're a pest control company. Squirrels are unpredictable. If a squirrel feels threatened, or it is protecting young, it can attack. Squirrels are also known to scramble around in terror and destroy items in a house when extraction is done improperly. And squirrels can bring secondary pests into your home such as mites, ticks, and fleas. A professional knows how to deal with all of these pests.
If you're seeing squirrels in your Kansas City home, reach out to the wildlife management division here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our comprehensive services include inspection, wildlife removal, damage repair, exclusion, and a follow-up visit, to make sure your issue is completely resolved. We are looking forward to assisting you.