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Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels are often seen as cute and cuddly creatures only looking to forage for the winter, but they squirellactually have a potential for much worse. Your attic provides an ideal home for them, and once inside, the damage begins. It is important to be aware of what they are capable and how to identify their handiwork to better handle squirrel invasion.

Why the Attic?

Your attic is the perfect host for squirrels because it provides warm shelter in the winter. Once in your attic, they no longer need to brave the elements, and often larger predators cannot make their way in as easily. The problem with this is that squirrels are very destructive and the damage to your home is substantial.

The Damage

Due to their need to maintain their teeth, squirrels gnaw on the wood in your attic which can cause immense structural damage. Squirrels also nest in your insulation which can be damaging enough, but it also can be hazardous as harmful dust from the insulation makes its way down through ventilation to be inhaled by the inhabitants of the house. Squirrels also have a tendency to urinate in your insulation as a pheromone to attract more squirrels. If this happens, your insulation will need a full replacement which can be costly.

Aside from their pheromones in the urine, squirrels carry something much worse with them. Their urine and feces can host several diseases such as:

  • Plague
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Encephalitis
  • Tularemia

Professional Removal

If a squirrel infestation in your home occurs, it is crucial to deal with it immediately. The risk is too high, and your home and family shouldn’t come to harm from unwanted squirrels in the attic. Dealing with squirrels should be left to the professionals at Critter Control® of Cape Cod who offer superior squirrel trapping services and over 30 years of experience to ensure the best removal. For a fast phone estimate, you can reach us at 508-690-0076 today.

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