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.
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.
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.