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Tips To Keep Squirrels Out Of The Attic

One of the most prolific – and persistent – backyard animals is the squirrel. While many people enjoy seeing them in parks or out in nature, they can become a serious Keep Squirrels Out Of The Attic - Memphis TN - Coopertown Servicesnuisance if they take up residence in your backyard trees. Squirrels have a knack for a number of annoying antics; in addition to being noisy and upsetting family pets, they can destroy gardens, eat the seed from bird feeders, and chew and gnaw their way into your home.

The destructive power of squirrels

Squirrels may be extremely cute, but they can also be extremely destructive. In addition to being able to climb virtually any surface and jump long distances, squirrels can pull apart and chew through most building materials. With a biting power of 7500 pounds per square inch, squirrels can bite through aluminum, wood, vinyl, and plastic.

Keeping squirrels out of the attic

Squirrels may be extremely motivated to find their way into your home, but there are a number of things homeowners can do to keep them out.

  • Remove bird feeders. Bird feeders are an easy to access food source for many squirrels; removing them can encourage them to find food elsewhere.
  • Cut back tree branches. Cut back trees branches that hang over or come near the roofline. This can make it more difficult for squirrels to access the roof.
  • Secure garbage cans. Open garbage cans or those with easy to remove lids can provide scavenging opportunities for squirrels, raccoons, and other animals. Securing trash cans with difficult to remove lids or moving them into an enclosed space such a garage or shed can discourage animals from taking up residence in your home.

I have animals in the attic – now what?

While ventilation is a key part of any attic and roof, it can also provide squirrels plenty of entry points into your home. There are several indicators that squirrels have taken up residence in your attic including:

  • A strong smell of urine or animal waste
  • Sounds of scurrying or movement in the attic
  • Visible holes around the roofline or attic vents

Squirrels can be territorial; because of this, it is important to not attempt to remove them on your own. At Coopertown Services, our team has been removing squirrels and other small animals from homes since 1978. Our technicians identify and seal off their point of entry in the attic, fix damage they have caused, and remove all the animals in the home. We are so confident that we can remove all the animals from your home that we provide a written, money-back guarantee against animal entry for the next year, with an option to continue to renew it each year.

Squirrels may be sneaky, but our team of trained animal removal experts can keep them from coming back. For more information on humane animal removal or how to secure your home against squirrels and other animals, contact Coopertown Services today!

By Christina Robinson on July 31st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

What Types Of Animals Can Get Into My Chimney?

The arrival of spring brings warmer temperatures, longer days, new growth, and plenty of cute baby animals. Unfortunately, spring is also the season of animal entry into chimneys. In middle Tennessee, there are several different animals seeking solace in chimneys. The following is a guide to chimney animal entry, what kinds of animals we commonly find, and prevention.

Bird Entry

What Types of Animals Can Get Into Your Chimney - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesBirds, particularly chimney swifts, love chimneys. The dark, enclosed space of the flue makes an ideal nesting ground for many birds, particularly in areas where housing and development has replaced their natural habitats.

While most birds and their nesting materials can be quickly and easily removed, some are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The act protects birds like chimney swifts during their nesting period, making it a federal offense for them to be removed. Luckily, most migratory birds have a short nesting period of less than six weeks. After six weeks, we remove the remaining nesting materials.

Animal Entry

Some of the most common animals found in chimneys include bats, squirrels, and raccoons. Raccoons can be particularly dangerous; in addition to carrying disease, they can sometimes make it past the smoke shelf and into your home. Likewise, raccoons claw and gnaw around the chimney in order to create a hole large enough for them to fit through.

How Animals Get In

There are dozens of ways that animals find their ways into the chimney. Holes, gaps, and cracks as small as a few inches might seem insignificant, but in reality can provide enough space for small animals to squeeze through.

One of the most common ways that animals get into the chimney is through a damaged chimney cap. If the chimney cap is damaged or not installed correctly, animals of all sizes can gain entry to the chimney.

Preventing Future Animal Entry

It is important to prevent animals from coming back after their removal. At Coopertown Services, our highly trained staff has more than 30 years of experience safely and humanely removing wildlife. We are licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and are Natural Wildlife Control Operators Association members.

Our technicians take an average of 10-12 hours to inspect, repair, and seal every inch of your chimney. By using metal, steel mesh, and stainless steel screws, we fully secure every inch of your chimney against future animal entry. In fact, we are so confident that we can keep animals out permanently that we offer a renewable 1-year guarantee.

If you come home to the tell-tale sounds – or smells – of an animal in the chimney, don’t delay; call Coopertown Services and allow our trained wildlife experts to safely and humanely remove them. For more information on what kinds of animals you are likely to find in your chimney in middle Tennessee or to schedule your next chimney services, contact us today!

By Christina Robinson on April 16th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment