Will Adding Gutter Guards Keep Squirrels Out of My HomeHaving squirrels invade your home is a stressful situation and the damage they cause can cost you thousands of dollars to repair. There are many misconceptions around squirrel removal methods and preventative measures –  A common one being that gutter guards keep squirrels out of your home. Although gutter guards do have their benefits, unfortunately, simply adding them will not permanently stop squirrels from gaining access into your home.

Gutter Guards Are Not A Squirrel Solution

Homeowners or exclusion companies may solely add gutter guards to keep squirrels from accessing the home. It is also important to note that some gutter guard and squirrel removal companies try to sell gutter guards by claiming that they are the “ultimate squirrel protection” but this is false advertisement. Gutter guards alone will not provide a permanent solution for squirrels infesting the home through construction gaps. These gaps are prevalent on many homes in Charlotte where the builder did not install metal flashing around the perimeter of the roof. When gutter guards are installed on a home with construction gaps, squirrels will simply run on top of the gutter guards instead of running inside of them to look for gaps behind the gutter, where they can squeeze into and enter the attic. Once a gap is identified, a squirrel will chew around the area to make the access hole bigger. This is the point when many homeowners will notice their new guest.

How Squirrels Work Around Gutter Guards

Once gutter guards are installed, squirrels will often climb up the drain spout and create a nest inside the gutter, underneath the guards.  In saying so, gutter guards can actually provide squirrels with a protected, covered area that they can carry debris into and build their nest in, unless preventative measures are taken. If gutter guards are added to a home, the downspouts must be covered with galvanized steel mesh to keep squirrels from entering but will also not disturb the flow of water from the roof. Some inexpensive gutter guards are made of plastic which squirrels will chew right through to access the area beneath the gutter guards to build a nest or access a construction gap. 

Gutter Guard Benefits

Gutter guards prevent debris and leaves from accumulating in your gutters. Some debris will collect on the top of the gutter guards, but they are much easier to clean than digging into clogged gutters to remove handfuls of twigs, seeds, leaves, and debris. As a result of keeping debris out of your gutters, gutter guards can also help extend the life of your gutters from rust and corrosion. Gutter guards also improve water flow through your gutters and downspouts, preventing blockages that can create water overflow during periods of heavy rain. Overflowing gutters cause water damage to your foundation, water to enter your home and unsightly stains on the exterior of your home. To add squirrel protection as a benefit to adding gutter guards, the drain pipes must be sealed with galvanized steel mesh and any construction gaps behind the gutter must be sealed as well.

What To Do If You Have A Squirrel Problem

With over 30 years of squirrel damage experience, Varmint Gone is the premier expert in squirrel removal in Charlotte! Our trusted and friendly team of experts will solve your squirrel issue so you can prevent further damage to your home and feel more safe. Learn more about our squirrel removal process and schedule an inspection with the specialists at Varmint Gone to help assess your squirrel situation so we can help keep the squirrels out for good!