The Dangers of a Squirrel Infestation
Having squirrels in your attic or walls can be especially dangerous for
a few reasons. First, they will leave behind urine and feces that will
create a very unsanitary, hazardous living environment for you and your family.
Second, they can cause a serious amount of damage to your home or business. Just like
rats and other
rodents, squirrels are constantly chewing on items to make pathways, gather nesting
materials, and keep their teeth sharp. That means they will chew walls,
wooden beams, insulation, plumbing pipes, and even exposed wires. In fact,
tens of thousands of house fires in the U.S. are caused by squirrels chewing
on exposed wires each year.
Lastly, squirrels are often infested with
ticks, mites, and other parasites that are known for carrying and transmitting
harmful diseases to pets and humans. A squirrel infestation can seriously
increase your chances of being exposed to illnesses such as typhus, plague,
Lyme disease, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more.
Signs There Are Squirrels in Your Home
Do you suspect that you have squirrels in your home or business? Squirrels prefer to
remain outside, but if they are displaced from their natural habitat,
they will use small holes and cracks to enter attics.
Below are some of the most common signs of a squirrel infestation:
Unusual noises: Squirrels are usually quite noisy creatures, which means you will likely
hear them scampering about or scratching, especially when they are first
getting settled in.
Funky odors: Once they’ve made themselves at home or business in your attic, squirrels will
leave behind urine and droppings that will send a very potent odor into
your home or business.
Property damage: Squirrels will chew on just about anything, including molding, wiring,
beams, walls, shingles, siding, insulation, planks, and more.
Nests: If you discover nests made out of twigs, leaves, grass, insulation, and
other debris in your attic, that is a sure sign of an infestation.
Water damage: If one or more of the above signs apply to you and you discover mold
or mildew growth, water stains, or water leaks in your home or business, it is possible
that squirrels are responsible. Squirrels are known to chew through plumbing
pipes and cause leaks.
If you believe you are dealing with an infestation, reach out to the squirrel
control experts at Enviro-Tech Pest Services. We will arrive promptly,
conduct a thorough inspection of your yard and home or business, locate the source
of any existing infestation, and explain your options to you.
Never attempt to handle an infestation on your own. Squirrels are wild
animals, which means they are unpredictable. Mishandling them or their
urine, feces, or nests can put you at serious risk of injury or illness.
(800) 836-3089 or
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