Whether they’re causing you problems on the inside or the outside of your home, humane squirrel removal is an immediate need, and permanent prevention is the long-term goal.
How Squirrels Get in a House
Squirrels are alert to the weaknesses in your home’s perimeter, often able to find the soft spots in chimneys, shingles, or siding. Even if there isn’t a hole big enough to slip through, squirrels can simply chew their way inside, looking for food. If you have a vegetable garden, apple tree, or bird feeder, squirrels will come to your yard. With your house now on their radar, they may try to get inside to find more food.
In general, squirrels want to be left alone, and pose no threat to humans. However, if they feel cornered or are sick, they can bite or scratch humans or pets. Aside from this rare behavior, squirrels pose a greater risk to your property, causing problems such as:
- Property damage: Squirrels tend to only enter homes when they are seeking shelter and warmth. They can pry up or gnaw on roofing, siding, and mesh in order to enter your attic or walls.
- Fire hazards: One of the most identifiable features of squirrels is their two large incisors. They will use them to chew on a variety of items, including wires and cables, exposing wires and leading to fire hazards.
- Lawn damage: While not as notorious as groundhogs for digging, squirrels can dig up lawns and gardens in order to hide their food. These holes can leave an unsightly lawn or cause harm to animals who step in this loose ground.
- Tree destruction: Certain squirrels will pry up tree bark and strip coverings of vegetation. This can reduce the health of these plants.
It may be tempting to try DIY squirrel removal, but removing wildlife is rarely simple and can be very unsafe for people who do not have the proper training and equipment. Additionally, there are laws that prevent squirrel hunting and inhumane wildlife removal practices.
The most appropriate form of removal can’t be known until you know exactly what kind of squirrel you’re looking for. Magnolia Wildlife Solutions can walk the grounds and develop an analysis of exactly the type of squirrel you’re looking for.
Once the squirrels are removed, you’ll want to take steps to minimize the problem in the future. That means sealing off all potential access points. A professional eye can find where the tiny holes are and where the soft points are in your home’s exterior.
When you work with a professional squirrel removal service, you get someone who has the necessary permits to do the job legally and properly, understands how to most efficiently capture the squirrels and do it in a humane way, and can help you with prevention and maintenance for the future.
“Jay from Magnolia Wildlife Solutions arrived quickly at our house, thoroughly inspected our attics and roof, physically showed us the tunnels, and explained the dangers of fire hazards and feces buildup.”Jennifer A.