The weather patterns are shifting and squirrels are looking for a cozy place to call home. Unfortunately, if you are not careful it may be your home. Squirrels are expert climbers making your attic easy to access and the optimal place to call home as it provides warmth and shelter during the harsh winter months.
Outside of the obvious issues with having a squirrel in your attic or crawlspace, they also bring with them feces and urination that is a biohazard. Their droppings could be contaminated with many different diseases making it vital you take every step possible to keep squirrels out of your home.
How to Squirrel-Proof Your Home
As you prepare to keep squirrels out of your home this winter, consider these tips:
- Trim back all branches that are within jumping distance of the home. Squirrels have a pretty good range so you should make sure that branches are not closer than six to eight feet from the roof.
- Cut off access to trees near your home by taking sheet metal and fastening it around the trunk of the tree reaching up six to eight feet. This will prevent squirrels from even nesting in the area.
- You can double your efforts by ensuring that even if they find a way around your blocks they cannot get in. Attics often have small entry holes due to weather conditions over time. A squirrel only needs a hole about the size of a fist to get in.
- Look at both the exterior and the interior of the attic and pay attention to any rotting areas or gaps. Replace anything that is rotting and seal all joint openings or decaying wood/brick.
As the weather continues to get colder and drive critters to your home, taking preventative action can save you thousands in damage. Consider contacting professionals to inspect your home and repair any areas that may allow squirrels to access your attic. The prevention and removal specialists at Critter ControlÂ® of Cape Cod offer more than 30 years of experience and estimates on animal-proofing. Call us today at 508-760-0404 to speak to one of our experts.