Your home is an ideal location for squirrels. Why, you may ask? Your home offers safety and warmth. Often, squirrels are attracted by the alluring smell of other wildlife that has occupied your home previously. When a squirrel chooses your home to be its next residence, issues are sure to follow. Squirrels can cause an immense amount of damage – Primarily to the exterior. Here, we discuss the causes of exterior squirrel damage and how this damage can affect your home.
Why Squirrels Will Invade Your Home
First and foremost, squirrels feel safe in your home. Your roof and secure four walls offer protection from predators. Squirrels give birth twice a year, once in Spring and once in Fall. During this time, they need to ensure that their babies will have a safe nesting area. This leads into the next reason why, being that your home offers warmth. Along with protection, squirrels and their babies also like heat. In saying so, the warmth offered by your home and your attic insulation, makes a cozy little home for squirrels and their family. Lastly, squirrels can oftentimes be attracted to your home because they catch the scent of other wildlife that has previously occupied your home. This familiar scent marks your home as a potential safe haven for wild animals and a good place to raise a family.
Types Of Exterior Squirrel Damage
Squirrels are clever creatures and can chew through just about any home-building material to enter your home. They can chew through wood, soft metal, hard plastic and much more. Squirrels often find a small hole, even one the size of a nickel, and turn it to a larger hole that is easier for them to get through. In addition, a common area for squirrels to use to gain access into your home, is through your construction gaps. Squirrels will use your gutters as “highway systems” to find these access points behind the gutters. That is why sometimes homeowners cannot spot their entry point because it is located behind the gutter. Oftentimes they will find a small gap where the they will chew on to make it big enough for them to get through. All of these damages can lead to larger issues down the road for your home.
How Exterior Squirrel Damage Can Affect Your Home
As previously stated, squirrels can do an immense amount of damage. Exterior squirrel damage can be costly to repair. Over the years, we have seen homes that have needed thousands of dollars in repairs. This is because their squirrel problem was not assessed and fixed in the early stages of squirrel infestation. Squirrels can create countless holes, gutter damage, roofline damage and more. Additionally, these holes can allow other insects and critters into your home, including bats and larger rodents. Most notably, holes can lead to severe water damage to your home and attic. Water flowing into your attic can ruin your insulation and your ceiling, which can also be a costly fix. Furthermore, water can lead to the growth of mold. Mold spreads rapidly, and if left untreated, which can cause health issues to you and your family. Common mold-related health issues include: throat irritation, respiratory issues or more serious symptoms like anxiety, brain fog and insomnia.
What To Do Next
Squirrels need to be removed from your home to prevent any interior and exterior squirrel damage. Their removal is critical to ensure that you do not have any further property damage. A professional squirrel removal company, like Varmint Gone, can resolve your issue. Varmint Gone is a licensed, insured, and local veteran owned company. We have prided ourselves on providing fast and reliable squirrel removal services to homeowners and commercial facilities since 1983. With all of our squirrel exclusion jobs, we include a five-year warranty. This warranty covers all repairs and construction exclusion work against squirrels. Call Varmint Gone today at 888-391-3330 or schedule an inspection online to resolve your squirrel situation.