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How to get rid of squirrels

Most people probably don't think about squirrels as pests. You may see the little animals running around the yard, up the trunks of trees, or scavenging at the park, but don't think of just how much damage a squirrel can do to a home. A squirrel infestation can become costly and squirrels are one of the more common wildlife pests that Ehrlich Pest Control has to contend with on a daily basis.

Squirrels can be active all year long. The furry-tailed rodents spend their time looking for warm places to hide in the winter and during the fall, looking for places to bury food. When the weather gets warm, squirrels go around looking for more food and seek out mating partners.

Ehrlich can help you get rid of squirrels and if you have a problem with too many squirrels around your home, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office today.

How do squirrels get into the house?

It doesn't take much for squirrels to get into your house. Squirrels often enter residential homes via:

  • Holes in the roof and siding.
  • Broken basement windows. Squirrels are found of basements where they will find boxes, clothing and other materials to build their nests.
  • Within walls of homes and attics.

Squirrels have tiny and nimble paws they use for climbing trees.Their paws have fingers and tiny claws on the end that allow them to crawl up the sides of houses and buildings, as well as trees. Their tiny fingers allow squirrels to grip their food and eat it more easily and can also use them to widen holes in roofing tiles and siding.

Any cracks in the foundation or areas where utilities and wires extend from outside to inside, through the walls, can allow squirrels access. They also have very sharp teeth which can be used to chew through wood, wires and other materials to get inside.

Where do squirrels like to hide?

Squirrels build nests. You have probably seen squirrels nests high up in trees. Squirrels use branches, scraps of garbage, vegetation, sticks and other materials to create their nests. Once they get inside your home, squirrels will seek out materials they can use to build nests. So, if a squirrel gets into your home attic, they will use clothing, pieces of boxes and other materials to build their nests often in corners and spaces between flooring and the walls or other hidey-holes and alcoves.

Squirrels run up and down between walls and will hide in their nests. Seeking a safe, secure place to build their nests, breed and give birth to their young, these quick animals are highly adept at finding dry places to live. So, squirrels will find any place that offers them ideal conditions for their nests.

What damage can a squirrel do to a home?

Squirrels can do quite a bit of damage, surprisingly. Like other rodents, they use their very sharp teeth to chew through things. They can create a large hole in a roof or widen damaged areas so they can get in. Squirrels will pry up roofing shingles and can easily chew through wood and get into siding to get between walls.

Once they are inside, squirrels can chew up boxes, clothing, paper and other materials they can use to make nests which will keep themselves and their young dry.

Squirrels are also notorious for creating electrical fires. There have been documented cases of squirrels who get into industrial transformers and cause electrical problems and blackouts. More than willing and capable of chewing through wires they find the walls, squirrels can create short circuits and fire hazards.

How to get rid of squirrels in the attic

Once squirrels get inside they are very hard to get rid of. Once squirrels get into an attic, they will build their nests in out of the way places and look for food and a safe place to breed. To get rid of squirrels in the attic, you would need to find all of their nesting locations and physically remove them or trap them to move them elsewhere.

This is why calling in a professional to get rid of squirrels is so important. If you don't also take care of the reasons the squirrels got inside in the first place, you could get rid of the squirrels in your attic, just to have them come right back and the infestation will start all over again.

Get rid of the boxes, if you can. Reduce the clutter in your attic. Make sure the roof is sealed and all opening have screens or are repaired. If there are cracks in siding that allow access to wall voids, squirrels can use them to climb up to the attic, so seal those up, too.

How to prevent squirrels from coming back

Preventing squirrels from returning means inspecting your home thoroughly, making repairs and understanding why squirrels found your home attractive to come into in the first place.

Basically, squirrels want to be warm and dry and they want easy access to food. Here's what you need to get rid of and remove to prevent squirrels from getting inside and infesting your home or building:

  1. Inspect everything - you need to find every potential access point. Is there a hole in the wall where your cable system goes from outside to inside to hook up to your TV? Are there holes in the siding from a hail storm? Are there areas where siding has pulled away from the frame of the house? Are there broken windows? Are squirrels getting into your home via the attic, basement, walls, or through the chimney? All of those areas need to determined.
  2. Seal up everything - once you find the access points, you need to seal them up. Seal up cracks. Find foundation access points and seal those up. Replace broken roofing shingles and damaged siding. Replace broken basement windows. Make sure screens with holes have been repaired or replaced. Get door sweeps for garage doors and exterior doors. You can even find screens to put on top of chimneys that will keep them out of those, but still allow you to use your fireplace.
  3. Trim vegetation - squirrels can get onto your rooftops and then into interiors like attics and within walls. Make sure the trees do not have branches which touch the house or allow them to get onto the roof. Trim back tall bushes, vines on the side of the house and other vegetation near and around the home.
  4. Clean up clutter - if you have a lot of vegetation and overgrowth in your yard, get rid of that. Also, get rid of the clutter in your yard. Make sure your garage - especially if it's attached to the house - is also sealed up and you get rid of too much excess garbage, grass trimmings, tree  branches and other debris.
  5. Make food harder to reach - if you are the type to have bird feeder, you probably already know that squirrels like to investigate and eat that food just as much as our feathered friends. Use shielding and other methods to make it as hard as possible for squirrels to get at that food. If you make it very difficult for them to get into the bird feeders, they may move on to some place else where the pickings are easier.

Contact Ehrlich for squirrel removal

Of course, the best bet is to contact Ehrlich and discuss the problem you're having with squirrels. Our experts know how to spot where they are getting in and can use methods to trap and get rid of squirrels around your home and property. We will discuss the methods with you in advance so you aren't surprised. We will get rid of the squirrels there, and offer advice and tips on how to prevent them from returning.

First thing you need to do is contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office and set up a property inspection and discuss squirrel removal and prevention.