Urban wildlife and in particular squirrels are firmly entrenched in most cities and towns. Understanding that squirrels are part of the urban landscape is an important part of proper wildlife and pest management. Physical exclusion and prevention is the best way to protect a home from would be squirrel intruders.
When squirrels make their way into homes, the entry point is most often found on the roof. The roof edge, where ice and water tend to gather, is a particularly vulnerable point due to rot. Inspecting your roof before and after winter will help you to identify any potential problems. Minor problems discovered in the fall can turn into major repairs after a long winter season. Be sure to repair any roof damage or replace rotted materials after every winter. When repairing your roof, make sure to cover exposed fascia and roof boards with sheet metal and have a drip-edge installed. These measures will help prevent squirrels from chewing and clawing their way inside.
It is also important to limit indirect attractants from your property. Whether it is food, or materials to make a den site, our backyard offers a plethora of treats that squirrels can not deny. By removing these from your yard, you will limit squirrels from coming to your property, and making their way inside your home.
Squirrels will find plenty to eat on their own and do not need a helping hand from humans. Squirrels will continue to return to their food source and well-fed squirrels will live longer and produce larger litters in your community. With an increased squirrel population, more den sites are required and that puts your home at greater risk for intrusion.
It is also important to limit indirect sources of food on your property. Squirrels are omnivores and will eat almost anything they get their paws on. To limit the food sources on your property that attract squirrels, follow these tips:
Once we understand how squirrels get into houses, we can begin to take steps to keep them out. As part of the Skedaddle process we will fully inspect your home and detail all potential squirrel entry points. Our technicians then get to work protecting your home by installing 16 gauge galvanized steel wire over top of potential entry points. Skedaddle professionally protects roof and wall vent covers, chimneys, soffits and any other openings to keep your home safe.
Our screening does not rust and cannot be pulled off or chewed through by squirrels. We also perform minor roof repair and replace shingles to prevent water damage. We guarantee all of our workmanship and materials for up to 5 years. Skedaddle is your trusted and humane option. Call today to find out what we can do for you! 1.888.592.0387.