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 nuisance 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!