At first glance, squirrels are adorable little animals that often tug at both young and old heartstrings. However, behind their harmless appearance, these rodents can cause real damage during an infestation, especially when they settle comfortably in your attic.
To prevent squirrels from nesting in the attic of your home, it is important to know the risks and the actions that will protect your home.
Squirrel intrusions in your attic put your home at risk
When a squirrel settles in your attic, it first looks for a warm place to build its habitat, especially when the end of summer arrives. Squirrels damage your home’s insulation, either by trampling it or by using it to build their nests. This leads to an increase in your electricity consumption and you may have an unpleasant surprise when your bill arrives. Moreover, their droppings soak into the insulation and wood, posing a threat to everyone’s health in the home. Even more troubling, squirrels have to maintain their teeth by gnawing at everything within their reach, including electrical wires, which can be a fire hazard.
The extent of the damage they cause therefore depends on how long they have been in your attic. For this reason, it is recommended to quickly exterminate the rodents so that you can limit the risks and reduce the expenses necessary to renovate your home.
Act before squirrels settle in the attic of your home
Squirrels are very agile animals that can access your roof without any trouble. However, there are some tricks that will reduce the risk of intrusion. To limit access to the roof and make it more difficult for squirrels, cut tree branches near your home to prevent them from moving easily from one to the other. You should also avoid feeding them, voluntarily or involuntarily. If you have a bird feeder, make sure it is out of reach of squirrels and other rodents, who will rush to the seeds it contains. Squirrels also target mouldy surfaces and gnaw at them to gain access to the house. Regular gutter cleaning and checking the condition of roofing is therefore recommended. Call us if you notice openings that could allow pests to slip through and we will provide you with an effective sealing service.
Call an exterminator before or after a squirrel infestation
Even if you take precautions, no one is safe from an infestation and we strongly recommend that you contact us at the first sign (ceiling noises, droppings, holes…) before the damage becomes too serious. We will provide you with a free quote for the tasks to be performed. Our exterminators will then identify the entry points and block access to them. Using thermal cameras, they will inspect your attic or crawlspace in depth. They will also give you tips to prevent squirrels or other rodents from settling back into your home.
Dealing with pests in your home is never pleasant, but the problem can be quickly contained at a reasonable cost if you respond fast enough. Don’t let an unwelcome roommate settle in and don’t hesitate to contact us if you suspect they have.