Discovering squirrels nesting in your attic, particularly within your insulation, can be a cause for alarm. Squirrels are resourceful creatures, and your attic provides them with an ideal shelter. They will chew through vents or find small openings to gain access. Once inside, they often make nests in your attic insulation. Why? It’s warm, cozy, and safe from predators.
However, squirrels may damage your insulation by compacting it or soiling it with urine and feces. This can reduce its effectiveness, impacting your home’s energy efficiency. Also, the squirrels habit of constantly gnawing can create fire hazards by exposing electrical wires.
Squirrels may seem harmless, but they can cause significant damage to your home, especially when it comes to your attic.
First, squirrels have a tendency to chew on electrical wires, and this poses a serious fire hazard. Their gnawing can expose live wires, increasing the risk of short circuits or even electrical fires, putting your home and family in danger.
Second, when squirrels make your attic their home, their urine and feces accumulate over time. This not only creates an unpleasant odor but can also ruin your insulation. The moisture from urine and the contamination from feces can compromise the insulation’s effectiveness, leading to energy inefficiency and potential health issues due to the spread of disease-causing pathogens.
The presence of squirrel feces and urine in your home insulation can pose serious risks, and it’s important to be aware of these dangers. Squirrel droppings and urine can contain harmful pathogens, including bacteria and parasites, which can lead to health problems when inhaled or touched. Breathing in contaminated air or coming into direct contact with these substances can result in diseases such as leptospirosis or salmonellosis.
The moisture from urine can also compromise the effectiveness of your insulation. Wet insulation loses its ability to regulate temperature and can become a breeding ground for mold, leading to further health hazards and structural damage.
Keeping squirrels out of your insulation is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your home. Inspect your attic for any openings, gaps, or cracks that squirrels can use to access your insulation. Seal these entry points with sturdy materials. Squirrels often gain entry through overhanging branches. Trim tree branches that provide easy access to your roof. Consider installing squirrel-proof vent covers, chimney caps, and roof line barriers to block potential entry points.
If you have found squirrels in your insulation, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today. Our technicians are skilled at removing those pesky squirrels. We are here to help!
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