Squirrels are cute, whimsical and fun to watch. They can root up your bulbs, clean out of your bird seed and get in your residence.
But how can they be harmful?
It is all because of 2 things: first, they get into your home, and 2, they like to chew.
Squirrels move into your attic for a variety of factors. Perhaps it’s near their food (because they like to stay close to their food) or maybe they need to make a nest to live (or have a family) or perhaps it’s because they found an opening in your loft – a place that’s warm, dry and secure, it’s like How to Get Rid of Bats.
Well, it doesn’t really matter why they are there. It’s only that they are there.
This is an issue because squirrels love to chew. In fact it is a must for them to chew constantly and also to chew anything. If they didn’t, their teeth would grow too large for their mouths.
Now look at this. when you have a squirrel living in your loft, what’s it going to eat or chew? It may start by making a nest. Maybe you have some important papers or clothes in the loft. They would make a wonderful nest.
Now the squirrel requires some entertainment. (sometimes squirrels aren’t that picky in what they think.)
Well, let’s say you don’t have anything like that in your attic. Even so, there are many more things it could start chewing and these are most likely something produced from wood – such as your flooring, siding, studs, rafters,… (not cheap things to mend or repair).
What’s in most attics and is usually not very well concealed and occasionally laying right out in the open? Electric wiring!
Squirrels obviously do not know any better, so if it seems interesting or is in their own way, they’ll chew it. Sadly, it’s an established fact that many squirrels have chewed electric wiring and have started many a home fire in the process. That is why allowing those cute critters in your loft is very dangerous.
The fear of having a loft fire should just be one concern of having squirrels in your attic. Attic squirrels are also bad because they can:
1.) Make it easier to get into your main living area, If they have a family, your problems (such as chewing) is mutiplied by 4 or 5 times,
1.) Squirrels bring insects, fleas or ticks in your home which can spread into your living area, also
4.) Their urine and feces can result in health problems.
All this means is that you will need to get rid of the squirrels (if they are there) or prevent them from arriving in (if they are not there yet.) . The best way to begin is to be sure all openings on your attic are properly closed.