Many people enjoy seeing squirrels frolic and play in their front yards but if the animals find their way into your house, they can cause significant damage that needs to be repaired immediately. Along with structural damage and health hazards, one of the most common types of damage squirrels cause is ripped insulation. Understanding how and why squirrels damage insulation can help you determine when you need to call an expert for squirrel removal in Montreal.
Like many other wild animals, squirrels enter homes in search of food and shelter. Insulation provides them with a warm material they can use for their nests. You can’t avoid using insulation in your attic because it is a critical component of your home, but you can take measures to keep squirrels out of your house. Here is everything you need to know about squirrels and insulation.
How Squirrels Can Cause Damage Insulation
Squirrels damage insulation in two specific ways. They often use insulation as a bathroom, and over time, built-up feces and urine can pose significant health hazards to you and your family members. The excrement also decreases the protective value of the insulation and makes it less effective for helping your home maintain a comfortable temperature.
Squirrels also damage insulation by shredding it to use for their nests. When squirrels enter homes, they are looking for warm and safe places where they can build nests to raise their babies. Insulation keeps nests warm and secure for baby squirrels. The adult animals will use their sharp teeth to rip installation from the walls and shred it into tiny pieces to use in the nest.
How Insulation Damage Affects Your Home
Insulation damage may seem minor when you think about possible wear and tear on your house, but it can lead to a host of secondary problems. If squirrels gain entry to your home through holes in your exterior siding and shred insulation to build nests, other types of wildlife can also access your home. Many of them may use the same hole squirrels came through to get inside the house.
A lack of insulation also plays a direct role in your utility bills. Less insulation means that it is harder to heat and cool your home, so you must pay more money each month to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The more insulation you have, the easier it is to maintain heat during the winter and cool temperature during the scorching heat waves of summer.
How Skedaddle Helps With Squirrel Infestations
Getting squirrels out of your home can be a tricky process, so we start removal by making your house a less appealing environment for them. If the creatures cannot find a quiet place to nest and an abundant source of food nearby, they are less likely to stay.
Once we get squirrels out of your house, we implement various exclusion tactics to prevent them from returning. We identify potential points of entry and patch them up to keep the small creatures from returning to your attic. We can also help you install motion-activated lights that might scare squirrels away temporarily and reduce the risk of them moving into your house.
Make an Appointment for Squirrel Removal Today
Squirrels may look cute when they are frolicking around your front yard, but they can be a nuisance if they get inside your home. If you are worried about a squirrel damaging your insulation, it’s best to trust an expert for squirrel removal in Montreal. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control knows how to remove the creatures without harming them, so call us today to minimize the risk of squirrel damage in your attic.