Squirrels In Your Crawlspace In Collierville TN

Do you have squirrels in your crawlspace in Collierville TN? Have you heard scratching under your feet during the day or night? If you have noticed holes around your foundation, this is an indication that you may have a squirrel in your crawlspace. If you have squirrels in the crawlspace of your home, we can help.

Ways Squirrels Access The Crawlspace Of Your Home

Squirrels often chew through the wooden doors that lead into the crawlspace. There are many ways you could have squirrels in your crawlspace. Squirrels also use ground vents to gain access to these areas. 

Why Do Squirrels Go In Your Crawlspace?

Squirrels go under your home for several reasons. Some squirrels nest under a home because it is cooler than an attic during the summer months. They want to raise their young in a comfortable, quiet and safe place. Squirrels will also use this area to store caches of reserved food. They will store food for the winter and hide it so other animals can’t reach or find it. Rats are also known to be under homes and in crawl spaces. This area can be a perfect place for the squirrels to store food that allows for easy access.

Concerns With Squirrels In Your Crawlspace in Collierville TN

There are a few primary concerns as it relates to squirrels and rats in your crawlspace. In your crawlspace, there are various pipes that lead to all areas of your home. Water and sewage lines are exposed under the homes. Squirrels and rats will chew through the pipes if they are plastic or a weaker material. If they start to chew through the pipes, you can have serious water or sewage leakage problems. 

Small leaks are easily missed and this means you could have a constant flow of moisture under your home. The moisture can get to the wood that supports your home and rot it. Foundation issues can be very costly and time consuming to fix. 

You also need to be concerned about mold. In addition to added home expenses for repair, you could rack up large medical bills due to illness. 

 

Squirrels Love Chewing On Wires

Electrical lines can be found above homes as well as in crawlspaces. If squirrels or rats get under your home, they can cause extensive wire damage. Once squirrels have chewed through the wires, it can create power outage issues in your home. The power could short out or stop working altogether. Sometimes the squirrels will be electrocuted! This can lead to potential fires under your home. This problem can lead to the destruction of your home, but more importantly to loss of life. 

If any of these dangerous situations happen, it can be deadly and very costly in the end.  An electrician needs to be called to come out if we notice wire damage.

Things You Can Do To Deter Squirrels In Your Crawlspace in Collierville TN

It is important that you take some measures to deter the squirrels.

Trim your bushes

Keep garbage and food in heavy-duty secure trashcans

Remove brush piles

Doing these things can help lessen the attraction of your home to squirrels.

When There Are Just Too Many Squirrels

Sometimes there is just an overabundance of squirrels in your crawlspace in Collierville TN. No matter what measures you take, the squirrels will still need to find a safe area to stay away from predators. In this case, we need to reduce the population by trapping. We place several traps around your property where the most activity is seen or heard. 

Once the traps are set out, we bait and trap the squirrels for seven days. We come back to the property every other day to relocate the squirrels and re-bait the traps.

Apex Wildlife Control is here to help you in any of these situations.  As soon as you realize you may have squirrels in your crawlspace, give us a call. We will schedule an inspection. The technician will inspect your home and point out any signs of damage.  If there are signs of chewed wiring or pipe damage, he will let you know this as well.  

After the interior inspection, he will perform the exterior inspection. He will go around your home and look for all possible and actual entry points. He will take pictures and document any potential or actual points of entry. You will also receive a quote on the price to seal your home and trap the squirrels.  Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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