Rockland County Roofing: Article About Preventing Squirrel Damage
Squirrels might be cute and cuddly in cartoons, but they can cause severe damage to your home. Squirrels can enter your home through small openings in your roofing or siding. Patching these areas to prevent squirrels from entering is a priority. If you thought your dog chews up furniture in the worst way, just ask a Rockland County Roofing contractor how your home might look after squirrel damage.
Squirrel damage is easy to spot once you know the signs. The squirrel will be gnawing away at the furniture in small chunks over a period of time. Their teeth marks are often very different from marks left from a dog. The bad news for you as a homeowner is that squirrels can reach spaces that other animals cannot. Your dog cannot reach the crown molding on top of a window, but that territory is easily mastered by a squirrel. Squirrels are meant to climb trees to find their food. Their claws are razor-sharp and can attach to almost anything in your home.
So after hearing about how nasty squirrels can be once they are inside your home, you are probably wondering how to deter them away. There is hope for you as a homeowner. Putting squirrel traps around your home is unsafe and not humane. A booby trap such as a live wire will stop the squirrel instantly, but there are better ways. There are a few simple steps that can keep squirrels away from your attic and home.
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The first thing you should do is cut all of the limbs extending onto your home. Squirrels have an amazing ability to jump and glide. You will want to cut the limbs at least 8 feet from your home to keep them out.
Attics are a vulnerable area for squirrel damage. There are many vents in an attic in order to keep the elements out and to keep your belongings safe. These vents should be covered up with .5 inch of hardware cloth. It is basically like a garden fence that will keep squirrels from getting inside your attic. It will still allow the attic to be ventilated. It might look a little unattractive at first, but stopping squirrels is not about aesthetics once you learn how badly they can damage your home.
If the squirrels are chewing up your siding, try to apply some capsaicin to the areas where they are chewing. This chemical is also found in hot peppers such as jalapenos or chili peppers. Most animals will stay far away from anything that resembles a hot pepper.
Putting traps around your home is not a good preventative measure. Not only will you have to release the critters once you catch them, there will be more squirrels that will keep on coming. A better solution is to fortify your home, so that they will keep away.