3 Greatest Risks Created by Squirrels in and Around Your Home

Squirrels can put your family at risk of danger and damage

Squirrels can put your family at risk of danger and damage

You’re sitting at home on a lazy Saturday, reading a book, when you hear something in your attic. You’re not sure, but it sounds like something just went skittering across your attic floor! Armed with a flashlight, you decide to investigate. When you get into the attic, you find that it’s covered in rodent feces and urine, and there is a great deal of damage to the house’s frame, insulation, and wiring. What has happened?

Unfortunately, it is likely that you have squirrels in your home. These pests can be a nuisance inside and out. They often come into attics to nest or have their babies, and they can cause huge problems for you. Three of the biggest risks created by squirrels in and around your home include damage to your wiring and insulation, smells and stains, and health hazards. All good reasons to learn how to get rid of squirrels!

1.   Damage to Your Wiring and Insulation

Squirrels are rodents, and this means that their front teeth or incisors are constantly growing. Like other rodents, squirrels must chew on hard objects to help grind these teeth down. What this means for you is that the squirrels will chew on wood siding, 2 x 4’s, wiring, and more. This can cause severe damage to your house, and squirrels cause hundreds of house fires by damaging wiring.

In addition to chewing, squirrels urinate and defecate frequently. When these substances get into your insulation, the insulation will often have to be replaced.

2.   Smells and Stains

All of that urinating and defecating can lead to a number of bad smells in your attic and your home. It can also stain the floors in your attic. This can be very difficult and expensive to clean, which is a pain in the neck for you, especially if you want to sell the house in the future. No one wants to buy a house that smells like squirrel pee.

Another hazard of having squirrels in your home is that they can fall into your walls and get trapped. If you don’t remove them quickly, they can die, which leads to an awful smell in your home.

3.   Health Hazards

Decomposing animals in your walls can also lead to health hazards. Additionally, squirrel urine and feces can cause salmonella. While rodents often carry a variety of diseases, tree squirrels are generally disease free. Still, this does not make your urine soaked attic a healthy place to be, but, in general, it’s better than a rat infestation.

Squirrels Can Be a Nuisance Outside Too!

Squirrels can also wreck bird feeders and gardens. They will get into both and eat everything that you set out for the birds or plant for yourself. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions when it comes to keeping these pests out of your home. You can kill the squirrels, trap them, or repel them.

  • Kill the Squirrels

Killing the squirrels is an option, and it often involves poison. Some people would prefer not to do this for several reasons. First, you have to kill the animal. Second, you have to use a dangerous poison around your pets and children. Third, you have to dispose of the animal’s body.

  • Trap the Squirrels

 You can trap the squirrels or have someone trap them for you. This can be time consuming and expensive, and if you trap the squirrel, you have to take it somewhere and release it.

  • Repel the Squirrels

All Natural Repellent for Squirrels

All Natural Repellent for Squirrels

One of the best options may be to repel the squirrels using an all natural squirrel repellent like Shake Away Rodent Repellent Granules. You can put this repellent in your garden or your attic or anywhere you would like to repel the squirrels, and it will work quickly, leaving your home and yard squirrel free. Shake Away can help protect your home and family from the destructive behavior of squirrels.

Reference Links:

http://www.squirrel-attic.com/index.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/squirrels/tips/squirrels-in-attics.html

 

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