Squirrels are fun to watch, until they find a way into your house and make spaces like your attic their home. Once squirrels are inside your home, those fluffy little critters can chew through your wiring, destroy your insulation and give birth to several batches of baby squirrels. If you've got squirrels living in your attic, you need to act fast. The first thing you need to do is contact a professional pest control service. They'll have the necessary tools to get rid of the squirrels quickly. Here are four things you can do to prevent a return appearance of those neighborhood squirrels.
Trim the Trees
If you have trees in your yard, squirrels could be using the branches as gateways to your home. Take a look around the perimeter of your home. If you see tree branches resting up against your home, you need to have them trimmed back. Once your trees are trimmed away from the roofline of your home, the squirrels will no longer be able to use them to climb into your home.
Seal Attic Windows
If you have windows that lead directly into your attic, you should make sure they're sealed properly. Cracks along the edges, or holes in the window frames or screens could provide easy access into your home. For maximum protection, apply a strip of caulking all the way around your attic windows. It's also a good idea to repair damaged window screens, especially if you ever open your attic windows for ventilation.
Repair Holes in Exterior Walls
If there are holes in the exterior walls of your home, or cracks along the foundation, you need to repair those. Squirrels can gain access into your home through small cracks and holes in the foundation and exterior walls. For foundations, fill the cracks with latex caulking and spread it out with a putty knife. You can use the same technique to repair cracks in your stucco, as well.
Repair Your Fireplace Vents
If you have a fireplace, you should make sure that the chimney is secure. Squirrels can squeeze into your home through damaged or improperly installed vent covers. If your chimney vent cover is damaged, or doesn't fit properly, be sure to have it replaced as soon as possible.
If you've been invaded by squirrels, you need to get rid of them before they destroy your home. Contact an exterminator as soon as possible. Use the simple techniques provided here to remove their access points and prevent future invasions.