Protect Your Home Against Squirrels
The final step in Skedaddle’s process involves making sure that your home is protected against future squirrel intrusions. It’s one thing to evict the current squirrel residents but it’s important to consider that there are always going to be squirrels in your neighbourhood. The squirrels that live around your home will always be on the lookout for safe shelter which means your attic, soffit, chimney and vents are under constant threat. Fortunately, Skedaddle specializes in identifying your home’s specific vulnerabilities and the steps needed to secure them against squirrel entry.
Squirrels Have Multiple Den Sites
Squirrels are well adapted to living in cities and suburbs and one of the reasons is that they maintain multiple den sites in the area they call home. Having four to five nests on the go at any given time means that squirrels can always find shelter if one of their nests is disturbed by another squirrel or predator. While squirrels are certainly capable of building multiple nests made of leaves and twigs at the tops of trees it’s often much easier for them to take advantage of more ready made shelter.
How Do Squirrels Get Into Houses
Attics, sheds and garages provide superior shelter to leaf and twig nests, especially in cold climates. As squirrels forage for food they’re always on the lookout for openings and weaknesses in building materials that will allow them in. Unlike raccoons, squirrels aren’t strong enough to use their hands to rip or tear into an attic, instead they rely on their powerful teeth to chew their way into houses.
Squirrels are opportunistic and will make their way into houses through openings caused by deterioration, particularly along the roofline. Exposed or rotten wood presents a particular weakness. They can even make their way into homes that are in perfect condition by chewing through many of the materials used in modern construction, including plastic, vinyl and aluminum. They just don’t design and build houses to be squirrel-proof.
Keeping Squirrels Out
The best defence against future squirrel intrusions is to identify and secure your home’s vulnerable areas. No two homes are exactly alike and the risk of re-entry will depend on the age and style of construction, the materials used and the overall size. Our technicians specialize in knowing where to look and what to look for when it comes to squirrel entry points. Once we’ve identified all the vulnerabilities we get to work repairing and securing them so that you can continue to enjoy your home with peace of mind.
Some of the most common areas that we secure against squirrel entry are:
- Roof Vents
- Plumbing Systems
- Bathroom, Kitchen and Dryer Vent Openings
Our technicians go where the squirrels go, which means they’re trained to safely climb ladders and scale roofs. We use professional grade materials that are built to last and expertly install them so that they cannot be chewed through or around. Our workmanship and materials are backed by a lifetime warranty.