A brick-eating rodent sounds like something straight out of a horror film, but these resourceful creatures can be found entering holes in the side of a brick building. How can this be? Find out how squirrels navigate vertical walls and find ways into your walls, attic spaces or other cozy areas before calling Skedaddle for humane squirrel removal in Ajax.
Can Squirrels Climb Brick Walls?
Squirrels possess powerful paws, sharp claws and a lot of determination. These attributes allow them to climb many vertical surfaces and even hang upside down for extended periods of time.
A wall needs to have some texture or feature to grab onto, but most brick walls fit the bill. Determined squirrels can climb up and down multi-story brick buildings in search of a good hideout.
These resourceful climbers don’t stop with brick but are known to climb stucco, aluminum siding and other obstacles on their hunt for a good place to stay. They don’t stop at climbing, but will also push, scratch and bite their way into homes through a number of materials.
Do Squirrels Really Chew Through Brick Walls?
When you see a squirrel climbing in and out of a hole in a brick wall, it’s natural to conclude it created the hole. This can be true in some cases, but not in all.
Squirrels spend a lot of energy looking for safe dens. A loose or damaged brick might be just the place to dig, scratch and bite until it becomes loose and falls out. A properly installed brick wall, however, is too much for a squirrel.
Don’t worry about a horde of squirrels gnawing right through your walls. These rodents aren’t the termites of the brick building world. You should, however, have a professional inspect your home for signs of a missing brick or loose area of grout.
What Are Other Ways Squirrels Enter Homes?
A biting force of around 7,500 pounds per square inch gives squirrels a serious weapon for accessing your attic, crawlspace or wall cavities. A properly installed brick wall may not be enough to hold back unwanted guests since squirrels are known to enter through these areas as well:
- Aluminum fascia
The same techniques that remove loose, cracked bricks are more than enough to pry open vents, push up soffits or damage aluminum fascia. Determined squirrels can cause a lot of damage to try to enter your home, and then cause even more once inside.
Once inside, squirrels get to work making a nest. Your attic, wall cavity or crawlspace will soon be full of droppings, damaged insulation, claw marks and other issues. Proper prevention and humane removal of squirrels are your best defence against these rodents.
How Can You Prevent This Issue?
One of the best ways to protect your brick wall and attic space is with professional prevention. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we offer thorough inspections and essential repairs to protect your home.
One of our technicians can walk around your home and take a close look at your brick wall, vents and other exterior features. Any signs of damage or an existing entrance need to be repaired promptly. Some squirrels can fit through holes the size of a quarter, so any small damage to your brick wall or soffit vent might look like the perfect door to a local squirrel.
How Can I Schedule Squirrel Prevention Services?
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is your trusted source for squirrel prevention in Ajax. Contact us today to learn more about squirrel antics and prevention tips. Schedule a thorough inspection or humane removal service today to keep your home safe, from brick walls to aluminum fascia.