Fall has arrived, and with it comes the season’s friendly (or not-so-friendly) neighborhood squirrels.
If you’re like most New England homeowners, you’re probably familiar with the uninvited guests that come unannounced into your property, like your attic. They may look cute and innocent, but these fluffy-tailed rodents can cause significant damage to your home, not to mention a major headache from their noisy presence. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips to help combat squirrels on your property this fall and help prevent them from invading your home.
Squirrels can squeeze through the smallest of holes. To keep them from entering your home, seal any cracks or holes that you find. Check around the foundation, attic, and roofline for any gaps that need attention. Remember, squirrels are nimble climbers, and they can quickly scale trees and other obstacles to reach higher entry points, so be thorough in your search.
Trees are often the main culprit for squirrel entry points and are a common denominator behind squirrels in the attic, allowing them free access to bound noisily across your rooftop to get there. If you have tree branches that hang over your roof, now is the time to prune them. This’ll make it more challenging for the squirrels to jump onto the roof and find a way in. In addition, trim any trees near any electrical cables or wires to further deter them from using those routes.
Squirrels are timid creatures who would rather avoid being in the spotlight. Consider installing outdoor lights that use motion detectors to provide an extra layer of security. When squirrels approach or climb onto the perimeter of your property, the lights will come on, frighten them, and send them running.
If you love feeding the cardinals, jays, and mourning doves throughout the fall and winter seasons - guess what? Squirrels love this, too. Squirrels love to raid bird feeders because it's an easy way for them to get food. If you want to enjoy bird watching year-round without the hassle of squirrel theft, opt for squirrel-proof bird feeders. These feeders are designed to keep squirrels out while still allowing birds access to food.
Sometimes, even with our best efforts and tips, squirrels find their way into our homes. If the situation is beyond your control, don't hesitate to call a reputable pest removal service like Pest-End. Our professionals will conduct an inspection and determine the best course of action to remove pesky squirrels from your property for good.
New England is known for its ever-changing weather. But rain or shine, hot or cold, there’s one thing you can always count on in our region no matter the season: squirrels will take advantage of any entrance to your home they can find. Once they’re inside your home, it’s a process to get them back out again—and the structural damage that can occur in the meantime can be costly to repair. After 40 years of defending homes against squirrels and other wildlife, we know the best strategy for nuisance pest and wildlife control starts here—with prevention.
Remember, when it comes to squirrels in the attic, on your rooftop, or anywhere else on your property, prevention is always better than a cure. With proper methods, you can keep these pesky invaders at bay!
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