Squirrels seem like a small, cute animal which might be nice to have around your property or home. They certainly don’t seem intimidating and will run away if approached by a human, as they are timid animals. However, the cute little creatures can do more than just steal your birdfeeder if they want to to cause damage and wreak havoc. Here are three of the most common ways squirrels cause property damage.
Gnawing down wires
Squirrels are scientifically rodents, and like their cousins the rat, they are known to continually gnaw on objects. While rats may gnaw on harder, tougher objects, when squirrels are inside a home, they tend to gnaw and wear down electrical wiring. They start with the soft coating around the wires and can work their way down to the wires themselves. Of course, this situation can become very dangerous if the squirrels are able to damage the wires enough to cause a potential fire, or pose electrocution risks for an unaware person who could touch the exposed wires.
Droppings and waste
As is the case with any wild animals, squirrels are not courteous enough to go outside when they need to go the bathroom. Once they are inside a home, squirrels can begin causing damage with their waste products and droppings. Continual urination can cause damage to the infrastructure of the home, similar to how water damage can threaten structural integrity. If squirrels are inside the home for an extended period of time, their piles of droppings can begin to cause mold, produce bacteria and attract other unfavorable diseases.
Nesting and Dying
The circle of life doesn’t stop just because a squirrel has taken up shop in your home, and there is a good chance that squirrels may build nests for their newborn babies or die in your home at any time. When it comes to building nests, squirrels are not picky about what materials they use and will grab anything of suitable material that is close. This often means that insulation and other small items from the structure of the home are stolen to produce their nests. Additionally, if a squirrel dies inside your home, the decomposing process will produce an especially nasty odor that will definitely alert you to the fact that an outside animal has infiltrated your home and died inside.
If you think you have a squirrel problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.