Are squirrels chewing holes in your siding in Cordova TN? If you have squirrels chewing holes in your siding you’re not alone. No one wants to come home to see a hole in the siding of their house. Squirrels don’t care how long your day was, or what you have to do. They will chew and crawl into any place that they find convenient, including the siding on your home. We can help reduce the likelihood of squirrels chewing holes in your siding!
Squirrels are very good climbers and can get on almost any surface, no matter how steep. They can get around so easily because of their hand-like paws that can grasp on to any crevice, and sharp nails that can dig into nearly any surface. They are incredibly quick and nimble which makes them very good at wreaking havoc around your home by tearing things up in a very short amount of time.
Why Are Squirrels Chewing Holes In Your Siding In Cordova TN?
Squirrels’ teeth are also very sharp and can cut into or through most materials or at least wear them down with time. The reason they tend to chew everything up is that their teeth never stop growing. If the squirrel’s teeth grow too long they will be unable to eat or chew properly and this can eventually kill them if they are unable to get nutrition into their bodies.
Their teeth can also get in the way of climbing or their normal routine if they are too long. So to avoid these scenarios the squires will chew on anything they can get their teeth on to file them down, just like we would use a nail file.
Squirrel Breeding Season And Litter Size
Typically, when a squirrel chews into the siding of a house they are looking for a safe place to nest. Between December to February and then May to June, the squirrels are breeding so they will need to find a safe and quiet place to start preparing their nest for their babies.
The average squirrel can have 2 to 4 babies in a litter. The babies will stay with their mother in the nest for 7 to 10 weeks. The mom needs to be able to go out during the day to get food so she wants a place safe from predators to leave her babies, and our homes tend to make the perfect place.
What Happens If They Get Through The Siding Into Your Attic?
If you have squirrels chewing holes in your siding, they will eventually get into your attic. Between each room, the walls will have a hollow space and that is where the squirrels travel through. They also have access to the attic and will nest in the insulation there as well. You can typically hear them running around, making either chewing or gnawing sounds, and if babies are present you may hear them crying too.
Squirrel Damage And What We Look For
If a squirrel has access to the inside of your home they can do a lot of damage that can be very expensive as well as dangerous to your home and your family. Squirrels are known to chew the wiring inside of your home. If this happens we will notify you immediately upon finding the evidence of chewed wiring, so you may get an electrician to secure it so it is not a fire hazard. It could also interrupt your home’s power depending on what the electrical wiring goes to.
Squirrel Damage And Additional Health Concerns
There are water lines with pipes made out of plastic and squirrels can easily chew through them over time. A little water leak it may not be noticeable at first, but this can be very bad to have a slow leak for a long time period. If there is constant moisture the chance of mold growth is very high. If you don’t know mold is there it can spread and vent through your home, making your family sick without you even knowing it. The chewed pipe could burst and then you’re dealing with ruined walls and floors. In either case, you will need to call a plumber and have them take a look, hoping there is no rotted wood because of it.
The main thing in all of this is that the hole may be small on your siding, but it can lead to much bigger and more expensive problems. It is always better to stay ahead of the problem before it gets out of control.
Squirrel Habitat And Modification
There are a few things you can do to help prevent this from happening. Make sure there are not any tree branches hanging low and close to your home giving the squirrels easy access to your siding or roof. Make sure all trash is secured in your trash can and that there is no food or even bird feed on the ground. Squirrels will eat birdseed and that will attract them to your home.
When Outside Squirrel Trapping Becomes Necessary
Sometimes there is an overabundance of wildlife in the area and around your home, making it is necessary to do outside trapping. We typically do not like to relocate animals because it can be difficult to survive in a new area, but if there are too many in one area they will start to tear up people’s homes. Apex Wildlife Control offers outside trapping for 7 days, which we will set multiple traps and bait them to catch as many squirrels as we can, and relocate them to another area 20 miles away, so they won’t return to your property.
Interior And Exterior Squirrel Inspection
If you are experiencing one or more of these situations please give us a call and we can have a technician come out to your property in no time to assess your home and situation. The technician will do an interior and exterior inspection of your home. They will look inside of your attic for fecal droppings to verify that the species is a squirrel and let you know if there is any wire damage, damage to your HVAC, or duct work. They check the insulation for urine damage as well. You will receive pictures of all of their findings.
Then they will do the exterior inspection where they are looking from the bottom of your foundation to the top of your roof for all potential and actual entry points. They will show you pictures of how the animals are gaining access to your house. You will receive a quote the same day for how much it will cost to fully seal your home from wildlife reentry and to trap the animals currently in your home.
Apex Wildlife Warranty and Double Money Back Guarantee
Don’t let these squirrels give you any more trouble than they already have. Give us a call and let us help you take some stress out of your day and get rid of these critters. You can also put your mind at ease knowing you will receive a double money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with our services as well as a one-year warranty. So if squirrels are chewing holes in your siding in Cordova TN, contact us and let us help you with your wildlife needs. Have a great day and we hope to hear from you soon!