Squirrels everywhere are always on the hunt for food, scurrying this way and that. They tend to be a huge problem for people with bird feeders in particular. How is it that squirrels can turn into these amazing acrobats and clever Houdini's in order to munch on the tasty seeds provided for the birds? They can simply amaze us with their tricks, mischief, and hijinks.
In the fall particularly, when there is a chill in the air, they begin searching for a better home, a warm nesting place, in which to live throughout the winter. Your humble abode is the perfect place for them, but they are not welcome guests.
You may wonder, how do squirrels break into your home? In most cases, they enter through damaged or missing roof vents, fascia boards, gables, gable vents, exhaust vents, chimney caps, and plumbing mats.
Once they gain entry they will wreak havoc all over your house, particularly because squirrels have incisors (front teeth) that never stop growing, which means they continually gnaw on anything they can to keep them at a reasonable length.
- Chew through some pretty tough stuff, like the wood in your home
- Damage insulation, floors, walls, ceilings, furniture, and personal items.
- Gnaw on electrical wires and cause a spark or a fire.
- Create holes in your home through which other wildlife can enter.
- Litter your home with fur, feces, and urine that can be odorous.
- Introduce parasites like fleas and ticks into your home.
- Make disturbing scratching noises in your walls and attic.
If you have noticed any signs of squirrels in your home or have seen them trying to gain access to your home, you will need to contact a professional pest control service for effective eradication. Squirrels can be very dangerous if cornered or threatened, so it is never a good idea to try to get rid of them on your own or to handle urine and feces barehanded. A professional service can help you. They will also be able to spot potential entry points to help you keep squirrels out in the future allowing you to rest easy throughout the winter months.
In the South Portland, Maine, area, you can count on the experienced technicians at Big Blue Bug Solutions for all of your squirrel, wildlife, and other pest problems. Contact us today for more information about our wildlife control services.