Pitter-patter, pitter-patter, pitter-patter. That sound is not a welcoming one to homeowners with attics. If you hear that sound above your head, it means you have an invader in your home, which is most likely a squirrel. Squirrels commonly invade attics because it provides them with a cozy, comfy shelter.
What harm could a cute, innocent squirrel do in your attic? It is just looking to hide out and stay comfortable, right? Wrong. A squirrel can create tremendous damage in your attic. They can tear up insulation, leave feces and urine everywhere, chew through sheetrock, and damage cables and wiring. Learning how to keep squirrels out of your attic can help, though or call us if you need squirrel removal services: 647-560-3988
Remove Nearby Trees
You will need to inspect your property for any nearby trees or limbs that hang over your roof. Opt to either remove trees or have limbs trimmed way back. Trees and limbs situated close to your roof give squirrels access to your attic. Once on your roof, they will use any means necessary to find their way in.
Look for Entries
You should also carefully inspect the outside of your home to see if there are any holes or other entry points. If you know there is a squirrel living your attic, watch carefully throughout the day to see where it comes in and out. Make a note of the entry point so you know what to do to prevent further entry.
Inspect the Interior
Poke your head up into the attic and inspect for signs of light coming in. Anywhere that you see sunlight peeking through is a place where a squirrel can gain access to your attic. You will need to do your best to seal up those entry points as quickly as possible. If you wait too long, squirrels are more than likely to take up residence in your attic.
Seal Entry Points
Once you know exactly where all entry points are, you will want to seal them properly. Remove and replace rotted wood. Soft, rotted wood is easier for a squirrel to chew through. You should also fix any loose or broken eaves, joints, and siding. Look closely at utility lines and cables running into your building and seal around them to protect against entry.
The tips above enable you to prevent squirrels from getting into your attic. If you think you already have a squirrel in your attic, do not seal anything. You may trap a squirrel inside or you may trap a mother squirrel outside with her babies still in the attic. Instead, call Wildlife Shield – wildlife control professionals to assist you with the safe and proper removal of squirrels before you seal the attic. We also, offer complete insulation removal and installation of new insulation.