Have you been hearing things that go bump in the night? If so, chances are you have a raccoon, a flying squirrel, or maybe mice in your attic or wall voids. But what if you are hearing things that go bump in the day? Well, this could be several things. Perhaps birds have found a way in, or maybe it's just a window that was left open and things are shifting around when the wind blows. But, the more likely possibility is that you have a squirrel.
How can I keep squirrels from getting into my home?
Squirrels can be great to have around in your backyard. Maybe you have had the pleasure of watching a squirrel do acrobatics to get into a bird feeder. They are quite adept at getting into places that we humans wish to keep them out of, including attics. But take heart, there are a number of things you can do to protect your home from squirrels.
Make sure there are no squirrels (or any other animals) already living in your attic, and proceed to fill in any gaps or cracks on the outside of your home.
Install vent covers if you do not already have them in place.
Add heavy duty screens over attic vents.
Consider installing a chimney cap.
Remove food sources by keeping all garbage cans tightly sealed, feeding your pets inside, and picking up any food sources like fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees.
Look into getting a squirrel nesting box.
Trim all tree limbs and branches several feet away from your walls and roof.
What's the big deal if a squirrel does get into my attic?
Squirrels are rodents and, like all rodents, they have teeth that do not stop growing. For this reason, they have to chew on things to keep those teeth from growing too long. They will chew on wood, plastic, boxes, treasured items, and even wiring. So not only do you risk losing items that are stored in your attic, you could be looking at a power outage, or worse, a house fire.
Squirrels leave urine and feces everywhere they go, not only causing a terrible smell, but also possibly causing the spread of such diseases as Salmonella, Plague, or rat-bite fever.
Squirrels also find bedding material by shredding wallpaper, or vent ducts and insulation around pipes. They also disturb attic insulation. All of these things can become quite costly to repair.
Squirrels disturb insulation and enlarge holes that may already exist in your walls or roof, in order to come and go with greater ease. This can also become costly to repair, not to mention the money you are paying out because of heat loss.
If you have discovered squirrels, or any other pest, living in your attic, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help. We provide fast, effective, humane pest removal so that you don't have to live with things that go bump in the day or night. Give us a call for your FREE inspection, and we'll be happy to take care of that for you.