When it comes to animal infestations, squirrels are one of the biggest culprits to move into a home or business, creating damage and posing health concerns. Once inside, the squirrels shred insulation and gnaw on almost everything, including electrical wiring, resulting in potential fires and structural damage.
The urine and feces they leave behind not only smells horrible, but it can also stain the wood and walls and ruin attic insulation. There’s also the issue of squirrels getting trapped behind the walls, eventually dying and then decomposing.
Most Tampa residents realize they may have a critter problem when they hear what sounds like chewing, scratching, and the pitter-patter of little feet running back and forth both early in the morning and then again in the evening. Because squirrels are most active during the day, they will go outside to look for food and nesting materials such as twigs and dry leaves to bring back indoors.
Why Squirrels like Human Structures
Squirrels, like all pests, seek areas to live in where they can thrive. Your home or workplace is a perfect spot to stay warm, avoid predators, give birth, and store food. They particularly love dry, uninhabited spaces such as attics and chimneys, easily gaining access inside by chewing through weak points on the exterior of the building. Some common points of entry include vents, soffits, plumbing mats, and uncapped chimneys.
What Actions to Take
If you believe you could have a squirrel infestation in your commercial or residential property, it’s important to resolve the issue right away. A squirrel’s excessive chewing can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage very quickly. Critter Control® of Tampa has over three decades of experience in nuisance wildlife removal and can help you solve your rodent problems.
We will inform you of the actions you can take to prevent them from returning, as well as repair any damage, and clean up any messes. For more information on our squirrel infestation solutions, or to receive a free estimate, call us today at 813-948-0870.