There are many different critters in Maryland that can potentially invade your home. A squirrel is one of them. Small and fast, squirrels are often difficult to detect when they make a nest in your attic or chimney. Besides, if you live in a rural area, you are probably used to squirrels running around and collecting nuts. You wouldn’t think twice about a squirrel sitting on your roof, yet it could be the first sign of trouble. Our Maryland squirrel removal technicians have seen enough homes damaged by squirrels to know to take these little furry critters seriously. To help you discover and identify a squirrel problem fast, here are the types of squirrel damage you should keep your eye out for.
How Do Squirrels Damage Homes?
Squirrels are notorious for chewing. They have very large front teeth that keep growing and need to be kept in check by ongoing gnawing. That’s why squirrels will chew on almost anything, even if it’s not edible. They also use their teeth to make entry holes if they need to get somewhere, as well as to open nuts. Here are some of the places around your home and backyard where you might see squirrels’ gnaw marks and other types of damage.
Holes Along the Roof Line
Squirrels can easily rip off asphalt shingles or chew holes through fascia boards and even PVC pipes. Basically, anything that’s not metal they can damage with their teeth. If they want to get into your attic, they will first look for an existing hole or a gap they could widen. If your plumbing vents weren’t properly sealed on the outside, that’s a great opportunity for squirrels.
If you have wooden siding or a wooden shed, squirrels could chew it just for the joy of chewing. If that’s happening to you, you could hang a feeder with hard-coated nuts. It’s not a guaranteed solution, but squirrels may switch to nuts instead of eating at your home. If you want squirrels gone for good, the only reliable and humane method is to contact your local Maryland squirrel removal company.
Squirrels will gnaw on tree bark if there is nothing better to gnaw on. They may remove bark from one portion of a tree, leaving an unsightly raw tree surface. If you have fruit or nut trees that you keep for either their fruits or aesthetics, gnawing squirrels can be a big problem. In severe cases, squirrels may cause the tree to dry out and die by removing bark from its trunk.
Dug-up Flower Bulbs
As for the flower bulbs, at least squirrels actually eat them and don’t just dig them up for fun. They especially favor tulips and crocus bulbs. It can be extremely frustrating to try to maintain neat flower beds with squirrels around. Even if they decide not to eat your plants, they are also known to dig up mulched beds to bury their nuts.
Damaged Deck and Deck Furniture
As you’ve probably noticed by now, squirrels will chew on anything wooden. So if you have a wooden deck, wooden deck furniture or even wooden deck parts like railings, squirrels may consider it an invitation to gnaw. They will also chew on wooden window casings and rip open mesh screens.
Damaged Wiring and Hoses
Damaged wiring is one of the most serious types of damage a squirrel can cause. Chewed-up wires can (and did in many cases) cause house fires. That’s why squirrels nesting in your attic can be a real threat to your safety. Besides your home’s wiring, squirrels can also chew on decorative patio lights, Christmas lights, wiring under the hood of your car and rubber irrigation tubing and hoses, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
How do I Get Rid of Squirrels?
In some cases, squirrels may even chew on some softer metals, such as aluminum. Squirrels can be very determined, especially when you close off the holes they used to use for entry. That’s why it’s important to trap and relocate the squirrels rather than simply patching the holes. Large populations of squirrels that were allowed to roam freely for a long time are especially difficult to eradicate, but our Maryland squirrel removal professionals are not afraid of the challenge. Call us or contact us online to get professional help in removing pesky squirrels from your property.