Tips & Tricks To Prevent Animals In Your Home
Tips and Trick to Prevent these Animals
Here are some shocking statistics that show the damage that squirrels in the attic, rats in the attic, rats in the basement, and any other type of unwanted wildlife invasion can cause.
- 30,000 homes are destroyed each year by fires caused by squirrels and rats in the attic or basement!
- Squirrels, rats and mice cause literally millions of dollars in damages each year to homes and businesses from their chewing and nesting behaviors.
- Squirrels and rats have caused power outages throughout entire cities!
- One of their favorite things to chew on is PVC pipes – causing flooding and extensive water damage throughout your home or business.
- They damage and even kill ornamental trees and shrubbery by chewing the bark, clipping the twigs, and eating the new growth buds.
- They will usually take the food and seeds out of bird feeders.
- They will chew through the bird house openings to enlarge the opening and then enter the bird house and eat any eggs and even young nesting birds.
- Flying squirrels are usually small enough to enter bird houses and especially like to eat the young nesting birds.
- A squirrel trapped inside an attic or other space with go to great lengths to chew its way back out – doing extensive damage to wood, insulation, wires and plumbing in the process.
- Squirrels, rats and mice often find bedding material by shredding roof or wall paper, and shredding vent ducts and insulation around pipes.
- Also animals that live in houses also sometimes die in houses, and the odor of a dead squirrel is incredible. (I’ve often had the very unpleasant task of removing many dead squirrels from attics.)
- They also urinate and defecate everywhere. I’ve seen many attics that have been heavily contaminated with squirrel droppings. This is not only unsanitary and smells bad, but squirrel and rat droppings are host number of zoonotic diseases.
- Like all animals, squirrels and rats carry parasites, they leave behind excrement, and they can leave both in your attic.
- Squirrel droppings, like pretty much any wildlife dropping, are associated with Leptospirosis and Salmonella.
I could go on for days sharing the extensive damage and harm that these animals can cause in your home or business. But I think you are now getting the point here.
Left unattended, squirrels will do extensive damage to your home – including not only complete destruction by flooding or fire, but also leaving behind large amounts of excrement, disease and parasites.
How Can You Tell If You Have A Squirrel Or Rodent Problem?
Squirrels in the attic (as well as , rats and other rodents) are an extremely common occurrence here in Georgia. If you hear scratching or scampering noises above the ceiling it is almost certain that you have squirrels or rats in the attic. Typically you cannot hear a squirrel running across the outside of your roof from the inside of your home. So if you can hear noises that sound like they are coming from your attic or roof, it is usually squirrels in your attic.
If you hear these noises in the morning and early part of the day, it is almost certain that you have a fox squirrel or gray squirrel in your attic. If you had these noises at night, then you either have a flying squirrel, or rats, mice, bats, pigeons, raccoons, opossums, or other rodents in your attic.
Most of these animals will oftentimes use other areas of the home as well, from the soffits to the wall cavities to the space between floors, so the attic is not the only area you’ll hear or find these animals.