Squirrels are fun to watch. It's fun to see one tree squirrel chasing another squirrel across the yard at full tilt. It's fun to see a squirrel race up a tree and run across a branch. It's fun to see a squirrel leap from a branch, land on the roof, and start chewing on the flimsy aluminum of a soffit. Okay. Maybe not that last one. But, sadly, when tree squirrels are encouraged to come in close to our homes, this kind of behavior happens. It happens even more frequently as temperatures drop.
If squirrels are able to access your roof, they are going to notice that heat is coming out of your home. This will peak their curiosity and encourage them to chew with their strong, rodent teeth on soffits, fascia, and the roofline itself where your roof meets your gutter. When they do, they can gain access to your eavestrough and find a way into your attic spaces, where they can rip up your insulation, leave urine and feces everywhere, and introduce ticks, fleas, and other parasites into your home.
The damage done to your soffits, fascia, and roofline can also present other problems. When rainwater runs down your roof and finds a hole before it gets to your gutter, it can get down into your wall voids. That's bad. Really bad. There is a reason we have gutter systems on our homes. Water can do a real number on a home. It can rot the wood in your walls and create structural problems, allow mold to take root, and attract a wide range of pests.
The holes created by squirrels can provide an entry point for bats, overwintering pests, and other creatures that don't create holes themselves. And those creatures can bring in secondary pests like bat bugs, which are a close cousin of bed bugs.
Squirrel holes will also let heat out of your home. This can lead to higher energy costs.
Squirrels are fun. We love them too. But it is not a good idea to give them a reason to be in your yard or give them access to your roofline. If they get into your Fenton home, it isn't a good idea to try to get them out. When cornered or protecting young, squirrels can attack people. Believe us when we say, it is no fun being in a closed attic space with an aggressive squirrel.
For wildlife removal in Fenton, and throughout Missouri, you can trust the wildlife professionals at Rottler to help you deal with them effectively and completely. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.