While kids may love to watch squirrels scamper and play about your property, they can be a serious nuisance. These adorable little rodents can wreak havoc when they make their way into your home and attic. There is a substantial amount of damage that can be caused when a squirrel tries to make your home their home. A-Tex Pest Management is here to talk about some of the damage caused by squirrels and how you can avoid an infestation in your house.
Squirrel Chewing Wood & Causing Damage to Deck, Patio, Siding & More
Squirrels are rodents. Rodents are a problem because they like to chew. If you don’t know much about rodents, it’s important to remember this; their teeth never stop growing. Because their teeth never stop growing, they have to be constantly chewing on something to file their teeth down. If the teeth get too long, they aren’t able to eat and they will eventually starve to death. This is why it is so natural for squirrels and other rodents to constantly chew on any and everything. When they get into your home, they will chew on the structure. They don’t actually ingest the wood, but they will use it as their personal file. They also chew on electrical wiring. This is probably the most dangerous thing they chew on. It can be the source of dangerous house fires.
Can Squirrel Pee & Poop in Attic Make You Sick?
Rodents like squirrels are also going to cause a significant amount of damage because of their feces and urine output. As they build their nests, usually in the insulation found in your attic, they will completely ruin it with both urine and feces. It can cause not only a smelly issue, but it poses a health risk as well.
Are Squirrels Harmful to Humans? Carry Diseases & More
There are a few diseases that squirrels carry including tularemia, typhus and plague. Not only do you need to be worried about these diseases that are transmitted by bites or other types of direct contact with the squirrels, but you need to be worried about parasites as well. They carry fleas, ticks and mites that cause problems when you are dealing with them.
How to Keep Squirrels Away
Following are some tips to help you avoid any squirrel infestation in your home.
– Seal Entry Points: If there are any cracks or holes in your home, you better believe that squirrels and other pests will gain access somehow.
– Don’t Feed Them: You may be feeding squirrels without even realizing it. Squirrels will eat any birdseed and other pet food that may be around your property. Set any bird feeders far from your home and keep pet food in a sealed container.
– Trim Landscaping: Squirrels crawl through the trees and spend time on buses. Keeping them trimmed at least 6 feet away from the home will deter them from getting onto your roof.