Squirrel Damage To Your Home and How To Control It

As cute as squirrels are, they can be a nuisance to many homeowners. Squirrel damage includes eating plants, leaving droppings, tearing holes through homes, and nibbling on wires and insulation which results in a fire risk.

Squirrels are so common in some areas that they have become an issue of public health concern. Squirrel control is not difficult if you know what you’re dealing with and how to do it safely.

This blog post will discuss different methods of squirrel control on residential properties, as well as provide tips on prevention for those who want to know how to discourage squirrels from tearing apart their homes. 

What You Should Know About Squirrels

Squirrels are small mammals that are part of the rodent family. Squirrels typically eat nuts, acorns, berries, fungi, insects, and even small animals and young snakes. They will also eat bird food and other expensive items for your pets. They live in nests that they build themselves and can enter openings as small as the size of a quarter.

Signs of Squirrel Presence

Though you may have your suspicions that squirrels have torn apart your property, how can you be sure it was them and not another animal? If you are unsure of whether a squirrel has destroyed your property or not, pay attention to the following signs: 

  • Scratching noises in the walls, particularly during early morning hours and just before sunset.
  • Flickering lights and frayed wiring

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  • Pieces of insulation outside near your home

If you notice these concerning signs, do not try to remove the squirrel on your own. Call a local wildlife removal service to do it for you. 

Why Are Squirrels Considered Pests?

Squirrels are not particularly dangerous to humans, other than a small chance of transmitting rabies through bites. They typically become a problem to homeowners in the winter because they enter attics looking for warmth.

They often enter homes through chimneys and attics looking for acorns and nuts. They will chew their way inside through roof tiles and walls. Once inside, they will set up nests and reproduce. They are hard to get rid of once they have made themselves at home.

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In addition to the holes they dig into your home, they cause damage to heating and air conditioning systems, chew on electrical and telephone wires, or create holes in siding and insulation.

Methods of Squirrel Control

Some techniques such as making sure all holes around the home are closed off using wire mesh screens that have ¼” openings at a minimum (the size of an average quarter) can deter squirrels from returning to your home. If you have an attic, use metal flashing or caulk around the vents and roofline where they might enter from above, keep in mind that these are temporary fixes.

Other methods include:

  • Trimming branches that touch your home or reach within 6 feet.
  • Ask your utility company to place PVC pipes over utility lines near your home.
  • Limit food sources by suspending bird feeders 10 feet off the ground. If you have a garden, avoid plants that produce nuts, berries, or seeds.

The natural curiosity and territorial nature of squirrels can make them a nuisance. They may be drawn to your property by food, water, or shelter that they find attractive.

If you are looking to get rid of pesky squirrels and live in or around Hunt Valley, Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control can help! We specialize in humane animal removal. Call us today for more information on our services.