Oh, watch as they jump effortlessly from limb to limb, or delight as those fuzzy little tree rodents play hide-and-seek around the broad trunk of an old oak tree. Maybe you’ll even catch one burying acorns in your front yard, saving it for later. Whatever the activity, squirrels can be fascinating creatures to watch. So carefree, yet diligent; it’s hard not to enjoy the sight of them. However, as cute as they might be in a tree, they can cause significant squirrel damage to your roof and attic.
Here are the do’s and don’t’s if you suspect that squirrels are causing home damage.
1. Don’t Start Sealing Holes
Once you notice the squirrels, you may decide to take a closer look. That may lead you to a cracked window on the attic, a bent vent, or an actual hole gnawed under a gutter.
Your first thought may be to seal it up. But if you have squirrels, that may backfire.
You may end up trapping a squirrel up in your attic or preventing a mother squirrel from getting back to her young inside your home.
Can you imagine how much damage either of these squirrels will cause when trying to get to the other side? Always make sure you get rid of the squirrels inside before sealing a hole. If you’re unsure if you have animals in your home, get it checked out before closing off a possible entry point for wildlife. Otherwise, you could end up regretting it.
2. Do Check for Nibbled Wires
Squirrels are rodents, and rodents often chew on wires and whatever else may be in the area while nesting and causing other squirrel damage to your roof. Once shocked, they may have abandoned the activity. However, that still leaves a wire exposed. This exposed wire may cause a shock or fire hazard. So, have a professional inspect the cables to ensure they’re safe.
3. Do Remove Soiled Insulation
Roll insulation should not be shredded and inhaled. Therefore, if squirrels have wreaked havoc on it, destroyed it, and left behind droppings, it’s best to replace that insulation once the squirrels leave the area.
4. Don’t Wait to Address Squirrel Damage
If you have squirrel damage to your roof, chances are you still have active squirrels. Call a squirrel removal professional for prompt relocation of invading squirrels. The longer you wait, the more damage they do.
That may impact your home value or put you at fire risk.
5. Do Clean Up Debris
Squirrels may bring all kinds of twigs and leaves into your home to build nests. These nests often harbor mites, and they could be a fire hazard. So once you have the squirrels removed, make sure you clean up the debris as well.
6. Do Look for Other Entry Points and Seal Holes
This tip doesn’t contradict the first don’t above. Once the squirrels are gone, thoroughly inspect the space to ensure they don’t have other ways to get into your roof.
7. Do Work with a Compassionate Squirrel Removal Service
Squirrels are only looking for a safe place to nest and care for their young. Unfortunately, they do so much squirrel damage to your roof; otherwise, we’re confident you’d try to co-exist.
So do work with a live-capture squirrel trapping service who can remove the squirrels humanely.
Squirrel Damage to Your Roof? We Can Help
If you suspect that squirrels are damaging your roof, do call professionals to come out and take a look. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, our team of skilled live-animal removers can get rid of living (and any dead) squirrels in your home. Then, they can help you develop an action plan to prevent further squirrel entry.
We understand that every minute animals are allowed to continue to infiltrate your home can cause significant damage. And we work to quickly, yet humanely resolve the infestation.
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Do you suspect squirrels or other animals are damaging your roof or home? Are wild animals like foxes or boars entering your yard and putting your family at risk? Call us at 866.784.8058 to schedule an animal removal appointment.