Squirrels in your house can be dangerous in several ways. Not usually harmful when they’re cavorting in your trees, squirrels become destructive when they find a way into your house.
They can squeeze through very small holes and gaps and even chew a small hole until it’s big enough for them to crawl through. Most of the time when you have squirrels in your house, they’re there to have their young. They use sticks and twigs, leaves, bits of cloth, and hair to make their nests. All of this is flammable.
What does this mean to you and your house? Squirrels are rodents, so they chew. In fact, they have to chew in order to keep their front teeth from growing out of control. Chewing is their only way to keep these teeth worn down. One of the things they can chew in your home is electrical wiring. Of course, this means fire danger. Combined with the material they use for nests, squirrels in your house could result in your house burning down.
Why do squirrels choose your house, usually your attic, to get into? It’s a warm, dry, safe place like a hollow tree. Most of the time, squirrels in your house are females with their litter. They can have two litters every year, 3-5 young in each litter. Once these young get old enough, they can make considerable noise in your attic or walls. This is one way people find out they have squirrels: the increased noise.
Squirrels in your house also can transmit diseases to you and your pets. Some diseases can come from the fleas and ticks squirrels bring into your house. Others, like salmonella, can come from the feces and urine squirrels spray around your house.
When you have squirrels in your house, it’s important for you to call a professional to remove them. If the mother squirrel gets separated from her babies, she may become aggressive in her attempts to get back to them. At the least, she will chew her way back into your house.
Squirrels in your house can become a huge problem. Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24-hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife removal services. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing wildlife from your home. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513 today.