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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

Squirrel Removal

Squirrel Removal

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.