Squirrels are resourceful creatures seeking shelter, especially during harsh weather or breeding seasons. Your crawl space provides them with a warm and safe environment away from predators and the elements. These furry little creatures are experts at finding snug winter homes!
Crawl spaces are often inaccessible to predators like birds and larger mammals, making them an attractive nesting site for squirrels. Its also possible that your crawl space may offer a stable temperature, which is crucial for squirrel babies to survive. Squirrels will instinctively seek out these warm, protected and enclosed spaces to protect their young from potential threats.
Squirrels have a natural inclination to gnaw on objects, including electrical wires, for several reasons. For one thing, their teeth are continually growing, and chewing helps keep them at a manageable length. These little creatures will chew wires while searching for nesting materials, such as insulation or wood gnawed from the structure of your home to create a cozy nest for themselves and their offspring.
However, when squirrels or rats chew your wiring, this will expose the inner copper or aluminum wiring, leaving it vulnerable to short circuits and sparks. If left undetected, these compromised wires can ignite, potentially leading to a catastrophic fire in your home. Chewed wiring by animals is a leading cause of house fires in the United States!
Squirrel droppings can carry harmful pathogens and diseases like Salmonella and Leptospirosis. When they accumulate in your crawl space, these droppings can create a breeding ground for bacteria, which can then become airborne as dust particles. Inhaling or coming into contact with these contaminated particles can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and even more serious health problems, especially for young children, the elderly, or anyone with a weakened immune system.
If you suspect squirrels are nesting in your crawl space, call Apex Wildlife Control today. Our technicians are skilled at humanely trapping and relocating your problem squirrels. We are here to help with your squirrel problems!
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help keep your home and crawl space free from squirrels. Inspect your home for any openings or gaps that squirrels could use to access your crawl space. Seal these with durable materials like steel mesh or hardware cloth. Trim tree branches that overhang your roof or crawl space, as they can provide an easy route for squirrels.
Also, make sure your outdoor trash bins are tightly sealed to prevent squirrels from being attracted by potential food sources. Keep bird feeders and fallen fruit picked up from your yard, as these can draw squirrels closer to your home. And if these steps don’t work, give our friendly office staff at Apex Wildlife Control a call today. We are here to help!
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