How Squirrels Get Into Springfield Homes

Squirrel trying to get into a Hartford home.

If you’ve ever fallen asleep only to wake up to a disturbing scratching sound in your walls or ceiling, you understand how unpleasant it is to know that something other than your family is in your home. If you’ve never had that experience, you probably want to keep it that way. In order for that to happen, you need to know how squirrels get into Springfield homes and how to keep them out.

Why You Don’t Want Squirrels in Your Home

Before we discuss how squirrels get into homes, it’s important to understand the reasons you don’t want them inside in the first place. Squirrels will not simply build a tiny nest in the corner of the attic and be polite houseguests. They cause a lot of problems for homeowners.

  • Squirrels will damage your home by chewing through walls, insulation, belongings, pipes, and wiring.
  • Squirrels will contaminate your home with their feces.
  • Squirrels will introduce parasites into your home, such as ticks, and fleas.
  • Squirrels will contaminate the surfaces they walk on, possibly leaving you susceptible to disease and illness.

How Squirrels Get Into Springfield Homes

You may think that the size of a squirrel would make it difficult for them to get into your home unless you have some obvious, gaping holes in your house. Unfortunately, squirrels don’t need a large opening to get inside and, even if they can’t find a hole large enough, they are good at making one where there wasn’t one previously.

Squirrels can chew through many materials, so if they find a small hole or a weak spot around the outside of your house, they can easily nibble away at it until it’s big enough to fit through. Weak areas often include the area where roof lines join together, damaged roof shingles, holes in siding, and gaps around windows and doors.

Squirrels can get onto your roof by crawling along the branches of nearby trees or up a downspout. By cutting back branches and covering downspouts with wire mesh, you’ll help avoid squirrels on your roof in the first place. You should also cap your chimney and cover all open vents, as these can be entry points for squirrels.

What to Do if Squirrels Get Into Your New England Home

Squirrels are more likely to invade during the winter months when the weather is cold and food sources are scarce. By following the suggestions listed above, as well as removing all outdoor food sources, you’ll help your home remain free of squirrels

However, if you find yourself with a squirrel problem, it’s important to take immediate action. Obtaining the help of pest control professionals will ensure the proper removal of current squirrels and prevention of future infestations. American Pest Solutions has the expertise and equipment to eradicate your squirrel problem so you won’t have to wake up to that disturbing scratching ever again. Give us a call to learn more about our services.