Follow this Guide to Prevent Squirrels from Nesting in your Home this Winter
Squirrels are cute, fuzzy creatures that play in your yard, climb trees, travel along power lines and scurry around collecting nuts and berries. That’s great as long as a squirrel doesn’t decide to make a nest in your roof or attic.
If left unchecked, a single squirrel can affect a tremendous amount of damage to your home. If allowed to nest long enough it’s entirely possible your home could end up accommodating a family of squirrels. To prevent the cost of damage repairs from getting out of hand we would like to offer a few tips that should help you stop the cause of the problem and make sound repairs to your home.
Steps to Prevent & Repair Squirrel Damage
1. Eliminate the problem
We recommend contacting a wildlife removal professional who will handle squirrel removal in a humane manner. This might be a little expensive, but letting a professional handle the problem will ensure results. Sealing the hole on your own could result in trapping the squirrel inside your home, or causing the squirrel to simply gnaw its way in through a new entry point. Either way you are a looking at additional damage and costs.
2. Seal holes
Once you are confident the squirrels are gone you can begin sealing up the holes in the roof and eaves. Foam insulation and caulk work well to seal smaller holes, but for larger gaps it might be necessary to use new lumber and wire mesh. Use a strong construction adhesive around edges to ensure no gaps remain.
3. Check for chewed wiring
Squirrel damage to your home can include chewed wiring. While you are in the attic clearing away twigs and leaves use a flashlight to check expose wiring for signs of gnawing. If you see that a squirrel has chewed on wiring contact an electrician to inspect the damage and make necessary repairs as soon as possible.
4. Clean up your attic
The leaves and twigs squirrels use to build a nest can be a fire hazard. It’s important to go up into your attic and removal anything a squirrel may have brought in during the time it was living in your home. If your attic is currently empty, consider renovating it completely to add extra square footage in your home.
5. Remove damaged insulation
Shredded insulation may be too thick for a shop-van. Wear long sleeves, gloves, protective eye wear and a face mask while bagging damaged insulation. Seal all bags securely before placing them out with your trash.
Take Care of Squirrel Damage Right Away
Repairing squirrel damage to homes as soon as possible is important to ensure smaller problems do not become larger, more expensive problems. Some of the tips we provided above is work that the homeowner can do on their own, while other repairs should be completed by a certified professional.
Let’s Recap …
How to Stop Squirrels from Nesting in Your House:
1. Remove squirrels as soon as possible.
2. Seal up holes tight and secure.
3. Cean up sticks, leaves and other debris in your attic
4. Check wiring for signs of gnawing and damage.
5. Remove damaged insulation.
We hope you never have to deal with squirrel damage to your roof, attic or home. However, should you encounter this problem we are confident the tips provided above will help you make repairs to squirrel damage to your home and perhaps even prevent a re-occurrence of the problem.
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