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How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Home

Though squirrels are clever, small, and able to invade people’s homes, there are steps that we at Frontier Wildlife Removal recommend you take to “squirrel-proof” your home.

Regularly Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

Since squirrels spend so much time above ground, they are on roofs quite often. Roof edges can provide them with the perfect entrance point especially if the edge is damaged by the accumulation of snow, ice, and rain. Keeping a clear gutter to ensure proper drainage and cutting any vegetation and tree limbs that extend to the roof can only help in preventing squirrels easy access. When replacing part of your roof, be sure to cover any exposed roof boards and fascia with sheet metal to ensure squirrels don’t have a path straight to your attic.

Don’t Feed Them

Squirrels are known for their resourcefulness and don’t need help in finding food. Feeding them will make them want to come back for easy food and well-fed squirrels have larger litters of babies. This increase in squirrel population could lead them to expand their territory and invade your home for shelter.

It is also a great idea to keep them from indirect food sources around your property by keeping garbage in metal containers that they can’t chew through. Unguarded bird feeders are also a common target so be sure to squirrel proof these as well.

Block Off Possible Entrance Points

The last security measure that can be taken is to have galvanized steel wire grates installed over common entry points like roof vents and the like. Squirrels can’t chew through or pull these off making them the perfect fence against these persistent critters.

Squirrels may be adept at breaking in, but they can be stopped if the right precautions are taken. We at Frontier Wildlife Control would be happy to help squirrel proof your home or workplace so that you never have to deal with the pests and the costly damages they can do.

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Squirrels Breaking and Entering

Since squirrels are very common in the United States, it’s no surprise that they occasionally invade people’s homes and/or workplaces. They are small, agile, and can crawl through holes larger than two inches. In their traditional habitat, they climb and nest in trees so getting into a man-made structure could prove to be a walk in the park. Here are just a few ways we at Frontier Wildlife Control have noticed squirrels use to break in and enter where they are not wanted.

Squirrels going through Roof Vents, Edges, and Soffit intersections

Squirrels are agile climbers and are not strangers to heights. They also use roofs to travel in various heavily populated areas so it’s only natural that they would also chew through roof vents and edges to enter homes. Squirrels have exceedingly sharp teeth and jaws that allow them to chew through plastic and even aluminum. Squirrels that feel any heat escaping from a vent may become curious to find a cozy place to move in.

Roof edges are where rain and melted snow end up. Add clogged gutters to this and you’re sure to have some deterioration that would allow squirrels to burrow in faster. The edge also creates a great angle for them to chew until they make a large enough entrance.

Soffit intersections are usually found where two roofs meet. Shingles from a lower roof meet with the soffit from the upper section. Often times when these intersections are put in they fail to meet the edge of the shingles below which creates a gap straight to the attic that squirrels are all too happy to exploit.

Squirrels in Wall Vents

Exhausts for bathroom, kitchen, and dryer fans usually lead to the outside and the plastic covers they have are not much of a defense against squirrels. Vent pipes can resemble tree cavities and are thus the perfect spot for a squirrel to burrow in and set up camp. This can create unsanitary living conditions and prove to be a fire hazard.

Squirrels are clever critters that are adept at covert invasions. We at Frontier Wildlife Removal will inspect your home and humanely remove any and every squirrel that has found its way in.

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels

Squirrels may be invasive, but they are not as difficult or as dangerous to remove compared to a venomous snake or some other dangerous animal. These are the steps we at Frontier Wildlife Control think best in squirrel removal.

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What to Know Beforehand

Since knowing is half the battle it is a good idea to find out where the squirrels are and how they got there. Attics are a common place for squirrels to nest so be sure to watch out for itchy fiberglass and to always walk on the floor joists. A flashlight may be a necessity as well since attics tend to be dark with no electrical source of light.

It’s also good to keep in mind that though squirrels are not obviously dangerous as a snake might be or a bobcat, they can become aggressive to protect their young. Frontier Wildlife Control employees are skilled in scaring away the mother so that their young can be safely removed. If the mother moves to another part of the attic, we will use her young to lure her out. She will then take them to one of several pre-established alternate den sites thereby forever leaving your home.

How to Remove Squirrels

squirrel pest controlFinding and blocking off with one-way doors will ensure that if the squirrels leave, they will lock themselves outside. Baby squirrels are immobile for the first six weeks of their lives so you must search for and take them outside by hand. Look in areas that are the loudest sources of scratching noises as this is where the mother has stashed her young. Then carefully handle the young and put them in a cushioned, warm box outside where the mother can then relocate them.

Though squirrels can be quite the pests, they can be safely and humanely removed from your area. We at Frontier Wildlife Control are very experienced in wildlife removal and would be more than happy to lend a helping hand in extracting the sneaky squirrels.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels Breaking and Entering

Since squirrel damage is very common in the United States, it’s no surprise that they occasionally invade people’s homes and/or workplaces. They are small, agile, and can crawl through holes larger than two inches. In their traditional habitat, they climb and nest in trees so getting into a man-made structure could prove to be a walk in the park. Here are just a few ways we at Frontier Wildlife Control have noticed squirrels use to break in and enter where they are not wanted.

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Squirrel sitting on the roof

Roof Vents, Edges, and Soffit intersections

Squirrels are agile climbers and are not strangers to heights. They also use roofs to travel in various heavily populated areas so it’s only natural that they would also chew through roof vents and edges to enter homes. Squirrels have exceedingly sharp teeth and jaws that allow them to chew through plastic and even aluminum. Squirrels that feel any heat escaping from a vent may become curious to find a cozy place to move in.

Roof edges are where rain and melted snow end up. Add clogged gutters to this and you’re sure to have some deterioration that would allow squirrels to burrow in faster. The edge also creates a great angle for them to chew until they make a large enough entrance.

Soffit intersections are usually found where two roofs meet. Shingles from a lower roof meet with the soffit from the upper section. Often times when these intersections are put in they fail to meet the edge of the shingles below which creates a gap straight to the attic that squirrels are all too happy to exploit.

Wall Vents

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Exhausts for bathroom, kitchen, and dryer fans usually lead to the outside and the plastic covers they have are not much of a defense against squirrels. Vent pipes can resemble tree cavities and are thus the perfect spot for a squirrel to burrow in and set up camp. This can create unsanitary living conditions and prove to be a fire hazard.

Squirrels are clever critters that are adept at covert invasions. We at Frontier Wildlife Control will inspect your home and humanely remove any and every squirrel that has found its way in.

Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels Scratching in the Attic

One of the most common forest critters in North America are squirrels. Though they traditionally reside in dense forests filled with acorn and nut producing trees, they have grown accustomed to more suburban and urban environments. Where a thick and continuous canopy of trees provided squirrels with a means of travel, they have adapted to use power lines and rooftops. Instead of living in trees, squirrels have become fond of nesting right above our heads in attics where they can do thousands of dollars in property damage. We at Frontier Wildlife Removal will fill you in on how and why these furry creatures can be extremely invasive.

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Squirrel sitting on the roof

Squirrels have been known to burrow into attics because they keep them out of the claws of predators, provide excellent shelter from the elements, and have a great deal of room for storing food and nesting young. Squirrels’ exceedingly powerful teeth never stop growing which requires them to constantly chew them down. Their teeth are strong enough to munch through plastic, aluminum, and wood to make holes that they can clamber through. These holes can also let in rain and snow. This can lead to a great deal of property damage, but squirrels do much more than chew on things. Squirrels have litters of two to six babies twice a year and these young squirrels can’t leave their nest for about eight weeks. While they remain in the nest they chew, feed, burrow, and make quite a bit of noise.

Homeowners report the noises of scratching, chewing, and scampering peak in the early hours of the morning and these annoying sounds will only increase as the young squirrels mature. squirrel removalFrontier Wildlife Control will do everything we can to safely and humanely remove any squirrels you may have in your attic and take preventative measures to make sure that they never return. If you think you’re unwittingly a host to squirrel house guests, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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