They are the backyard gymnasts of wildlife, the court jesters of modern neighborhoods; who doesn’t enjoy watching squirrels? People all over the world have a love and admiration for the little furballs that scurry around trees and hide food by frantically digging and burying in yards. Unfortunately, these animals, while funny and cute, can also be destructive, costing homeowners thousands in repairs. Before it reaches the level of needing squirrel removal Hamilton specialists, homeowners must understand the versatility and ability of these fascinating creatures.
Squirrels vs Vertical Walls
Squirrels are quick and agile. People do not seem to understand how incredible the animals’ climbing abilities are until they see them hanging upside down from an exterior light fixture or bird feeder.
There is a prevailing assumption that squirrels can only climb trees or other wood structures, but that is entirely false. A squirrel, even an aging, arthritic squirrel, can climb vertical brick buildings, scurrying up, down, sideways, and in circles, if they desire. The animal does not need a tree limb to access your roof or chimney. If the material on the exterior of your home provides enough grip, the squirrel can scale it, quickly and efficiently.
Squirrels vs Brick Walls
It is not uncommon for squirrels to get inside of walls or into attic spaces. People often fear that the animal gets in through an external wall, which is often the case, and that brings up questions like can a squirrel chew through brick? The answer, that depends.
If the brick is deteriorating, it is possible for a squirrel to chew through the soft areas. However, the more likely scenario is that the mortar around the brick is failing. In which case, the squirrel chews around the brick until it is loose and pushes or pulls it out of the way, allowing access to your home’s interior.
Squirrels vs Aluminum Fascia and Vents
While a squirrel might not be able to bite through strong and correctly installed brick, it still has a biting force of 7,500 pounds per square inch. The strength of their jaws means squirrels can easily bite through aluminum fascia and vents to gain access to attics or other interior spaces. When installing products on your home, it is crucial to focus on the durability and wildlife resistance of the item, meaning it is often best to ask questions of wildlife control professionals.
As with any other wildlife control strategy, the goal is to deter animals away from your property. The best way to prevent curious animals from nesting near your home or in your home is to avoid making your property too inviting. In other words, you want to maintain a clean yard, removing any debris, like leaves, lawn clippings, and dead branches. You also want to remove any food that could end up on the ground or encouraging animals to come to the property. For example, clean up around bird feeders and feed pets indoors, storing their food in airtight containers. Finally, make sure that all trash bins have lids, storing them in the garage or other structure when not at the curb.
If you have squirrels in your home, it is crucial to get them all out of your house safely and efficiently. Our humane wildlife control experts use a method known as exclusion, which involves the installation of one-way exits over holes. Our squirrel removal Hamilton expert then allows ample time for the animals to vacate before sealing all entry points.
Do you believe you have squirrels or other wildlife in your house or property? Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to schedule an assessment. An expert will come to your property and determine the extent of the infestation, providing a plan for removal.