Squirrels can wreak havoc if they find their way into your house. While many squirrels use existing openings or holes to enter your home, they are capable of chewing through wood and can cause substantial damage.
Here are three ways to keep squirrels out of your house:
- Trim back tree branches at least 10 to 15 feet from your home. Squirrels use branches as a convenient pathway to your home. Check branches each spring and fall for growth.
- Inspect your home several times per year, looking for small openings that squirrels or other small animals could use to enter. If you find an opening, replace the damaged wood or cover the hole with 1/4-inch wire mesh hardware cloth. If the hole is very tiny, push steel wool into it, completely covering the opening.
- Cap your chimney. Squirrels are drawn to the heat from your chimney in cooler months, but the carbon monoxide produced by a furnace can kill them. When they die, they fall down your chimney. Often you won’t know this has happened until you smell a very unpleasant odor in your house. If you can’t reach the squirrel, have an exterminator to come to your house and remove it.
If you have squirrels in your home, be sure to contact a professional pest control company to remove all of them before sealing any openings or holes. Click here and fill out our form and we can remove your pest problem and seal up your home using our revolutionary Cat-Guard product.