Squirrels can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They often gnaw on wood, cables and electrical wiring. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do. The stripping of the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. In fact, squirrels are responsible for thousands of house fires each year.
When squirrels get into homes, their urine, droppings, shed fur, and parasites can cause serious health risks. Additionally, the odor that occurs when squirrels die in wall and ceiling voids, soffits, and other inaccessible areas can be unbearable. And their corpses become the perfect breeding place for flies and diseases.
NOISES IN THE ATTIC, SCRATCHING IN THE WALLS
Noises in the attic during the morning or evening could be an indication that there are squirrels in your attic. The best way to get rid of squirrels is what we refer to as full exclusion work. This process involves extensively checking the entire home for entry points such as holes, cracks, vents and construction/builder’s gaps and then sealing those areas so that no animals can ever re-enter. In order to prevent animals from entering through these gaps, Georgia P.A.W.S uses the highest quality galvanized metal flashing to seal up each entry point area. This prevents rodents, squirrels, racoons or any other nuisance animal from chewing into the structure. But before we seal the very last hole in the structure, we set what we call an excluder trap over it. This trap will catch any remaining squirrels that are in the house but will not allow them to get back in. Once the last squirrel is out, Georgia PAWS returns to remove that trap and seal up the last hole.
Here are some pictures of how a squirrels chewed their way in to different houses:
SQUIRREL DAMAGE TO HOUSES