Squirrels are a standard fixture of neighborhoods and yards in Dallas. They provide us plenty of entertainment, but when we find evidence of them living in our homes, things get complicated. Squirrels can quickly cause damage to your house if they get into your attic or walls. As a homeowner, you should know how to prevent squirrels and the dangers of squirrel infestations.
There are two common types of squirrels in Texas — fox squirrels and Eastern gray squirrels. These squirrels are often looking for shelter, food, and water, leading them straight to your attic. To make matters worse, squirrels can get stuck in your walls if they take a wrong turn.
Small spaces such as cracks or exposed builder’s gaps can give squirrels a way to enter your attic. They can widen these openings by chewing, leading to further irreversible damage. As they nest and have offspring, you may end up with more squirrels than you can handle on your own.
How can I tell if I have squirrels in my attic?
If you suspect that you have squirrels living in your attic or crawling within your walls, look out for the following signs.
- Scratching or scurrying sounds coming from the ceiling or walls.
- Chewing or scratch marks on food storage containers or in pet food bags.
- Signs of chewing on softwood, electrical work, insulation, and other areas.
- Squirrel droppings in your attic.
- Damaged entry points including around the fascia boards, shingles, eaves troughs and outer panels with all kinds of damage along the roof line.
If you see one squirrel inside, there’s a good chance that there are more, requiring immediate professional removal services.
How can I prevent squirrels from getting into my attic?
There are some steps you can take to help prevent squirrels from setting up shop in your home. The biggest thing you can do is regularly inspect your home for possible entry points, and to close them up.
- Seal any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior. Even if you’re sure that a squirrel won’t fit, they could allow other pests in, and you’d be surprised how small of a hole a squirrel can squeeze through.
- Place belongings into sealed containers in your attic and other storage areas to remove potential nesting sites.
- Repair or replace clogged or broken gutters.
- Trim brush and trees away from your home to remove access points and clear away any debris from the house that might harbor hiding places. Squirrels often use tree branches that come into contact with your roof to gain access into your attic.
Even though these measures will significantly reduce the likelihood of squirrel nesting in your attic, only professional squirrel control will guarantee full removal and prevention.
How can Certified Termite and Pest Control get rid of the squirrels in my attic?
If you’ve gone through all the prevention tips and you still suspect that you have squirrels, or if you see squirrels running across your roof, it’s time to turn the problem over to a professional. Squirrels can be difficult to remove on your own, especially if they’ve already made a nest.
Squirrels can wreak havoc inside your attic, destroying irreplaceable documents and treasured belongings with their chewing, defecating, and urination. Our squirrel removal professionals can assess the extent of the damage and help to ensure that your home is kept safe and protected.
Handling squirrels yourself can be dangerous and puts you at risk of bites or other injuries. Squirrels can also bring in diseases and parasites to your home, plus droppings and other hazardous materials.
Certified Termite and Pest Control works with you to ensure that your wildlife issues are handled safely and properly. Our wildlife removal and control services protect your home and ensure that no further infestations happen in the future.
Contact Certified Termite and Pest Control today to schedule a consultation if you suspect squirrels have gotten into your home. Call us or fill out the contact form on this page to get started!