Most people tend to think that squirrels couldn’t possibly cause any harm. After all, they’re so cute! The truth is, squirrels can cause some considerable damage to your home if they invade your attic. In addition to the noise and damage they cause, squirrels pose a health risk to you and your family if not addressed right away.
Why do squirrels love your attic?
Squirrels are attracted to attics for a variety of reasons. Because attics are often dark and uninhabited, they offer a perfect area for squirrels to feel safe and build nests in. The warmth, darkness, and quick access to the outside world helps these critters feel right at home.
In addition to building nests and breeding, squirrels love to chew on things. Your attic provides everything from wood, to wiring, to insulation and cardboard for squirrels to chew on and destroy while creating their nests.
Since the attic is seldom used by most homeowners, squirrels are often able to inflict serious damage without being detected. If you hear any scurrying or scratching coming from your attic, don’t ignore it. Squirrels often chew through wiring insulation which can create a short circuit, or even cause a fire in some cases. In addition to that, squirrels love to tear up attic insulation to build their nests, which can cause your energy bills to increase significantly.
Fixing your Squirrel Problems
Because squirrels can bite, scratch, and spread disease, Critter Control® of Tampa does not recommend attempting to remove them on your own. Our squirrel removal experts are equipped and trained to safely and humanely remove the offending critters from your attic and repair any damage the squirrels may have caused. Once the infestation is taken care of, we are able to seal any entry points used to gain access to your attic, ensuring you never have to worry about a squirrel issue again.
If squirrels have turned your attic into their home, give Critter Control® of Tampa a call today at 813.948.0870 to schedule your free home inspection.