Do you hear the pitter patter of little feet running through your ventilation system? If so, you just might have squirrels in your ventilation system!
If you have squirrels in the ventilation system of your home, you're not alone. Squirrels are notorious for making tons of noise and creating havoc in our homes. Squirrels will get into your ventilation system and often gain access to your attic by getting in through gable vents. They also gain access by chewing into your soffits and eaves. This can create many problems and dangerous scenarios for you and your family.
There are many vents throughout your home such as roof vents, dryer vents, gable vent, ground vents, ridge vents and many more. You may be hearing squirrels running around throughout your ventilation system. If a squirrel has gained access to your attic, they can quickly destroy your HVAC unit and air ducts. If they get into the ventilation system they may decide to make a nest there. Since a squirrel uses flammable materials such as twigs, pine needles and dried grass to make its nest, this can be an extreme fire hazard for your home.
Once a squirrel makes a nest in the ventilation system, you may start to smell foul odors throughout your house. Squirrels will urinate and defecate where they are nesting. This can create a noxious odor that can be almost impossible to remove. The vents circulate air throughout your house, so the smell won’t be contained to just one area.
This is not only smelly, but unsanitary and extremely dangerous to your health. Once fecal matter dries, the dust particles can get circulated throughout the home through your ventilation system. Once airborne, the bacteria from these dust particles can be inhaled. Imagine the dust from squirrel feces moving through your home to land on different surfaces that we touch and eat off of, and even in your water! This is the kind of situation that can make you and your family very sick. Moisture from squirrel urine can also cause mold to form in your air vents. Taken all together, you and your family could very well end up in the hospital due to airborne diseases from squirrels in your ventilation.
Sometimes, squirrels get stuck in the ventilation system. This is problematic for a few reasons. When a squirrel gets stuck, it will do everything it can to get out. This can cause a lot of damage. In addition, they may tire quickly from the struggle and die from exhaustion and dehydration. This is why its so important to contact a wildlife professional when you hear squirrels in your ventilation system or anywhere else in your home. A live squirrel is much easier to locate than a dead squirrel.
Once the squirrel is dead, the odor will filtrate through the entire home. This will make locating the dead squirrel almost impossible. In many cases, you may have to have all new air ducts installed.
The technician will cut a small hole in your wall where the dead animal is suspected to have fallen. He will then thread a boroscope through the hole and use the camera to locate the animal. If he is able to locate the squirrel, he will remove the animal and deodorize the area. This service includes the disposal and cleanup of the animal. The technician will deodorize the area where the animal died to help eliminate the smell.
Clients often ask us the following question. How did the squirrel get into my home in the first place? Squirrels gain access to attics through open vents on the side of your home. There are many different vents on your home. Dryer and gable vents are the more commonly used entry points. A gable vent is normally triangular or round and is used to vent your attic. Gable vents are typically screened with a bug mesh. They are designed to keep out insects but not rodents. It is easy for a squirrel or rat to chew through, pull apart, or widen vent openings.
Did you know that if these little creatures didn't chew constantly, their teeth can grow up to SIX INCHES LONG in just one year? That's right, squirrels have to chew to keep their teeth filed down so that they can eat, otherwise they would starve to death. Squirrels aren't trying to destroy your home. They just look for things to chew and your house happens to be there. Plus they are looking for places to nest for the winter. And that's when you call Apex Wildlife Control!
When you call our friendly office staff, we will schedule one of our wildlife technicians to perform an interior and exterior inspection of your home. During the interior inspection, he will check for fecal droppings in your attic to determine what species is in your home. Specifically, he will check to see how the squirrels have found their way inside. He will check to make sure there are no chewed wires, damage to your duct work or HVAC, and if there is any urine damage to your insulation. He will take pictures of any damages or signs of squirrels that he finds.
Next, he will go outside for the exterior inspection where he will look from the bottom of your home's foundation all the way to the top of the roof. The technician is checking for all possible and actual entry points. He will document his findings with photos so you can see for yourself how the squirrels are getting in and out.
Once the technician completes the full interior and exterior inspection of your home, he will provide you an estimate to not only trap the squirrels, but to fully seal your home against further entry by squirrels.
Squirrels are known to carry numerous diseases, though only a few are dangerous to humans. Some of the more common include tularemia, typhus, plague, and ringworm. Such diseases are transmitted through bites or other forms of direct contact with infected squirrels. Tularemia, typhus, and plague have symptoms that mimic the flu and can be deadly when left untreated. While all mammals are capable of getting rabies, squirrels are very rarely rabid.
Other diseases squirrels transmit to humans come from the various parasites they carry. Rife with parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites, squirrels living in proximity to homes frequently pass these tiny pests on to both humans and pets. Some of the diseases humans can get from the parasites include Lyme disease, Encephalitis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Many of these diseases are fatal when left untreated, so individuals should monitor for symptoms, and seek medical attention after coming in contact with squirrel urine or feces. Breathing in particles of the animal's excrement is the most common method of disease transmission. Squirrels can build nests in your attic, soffits and gutters that can contain all kinds of disease that can make you and your family very sick.
Keeping squirrels off your property and out of houses is the best way to ensure the health and safety of both homeowners and their pets. While screening and capping vents and chimneys is effective, entry points like windows, doors, and holes in the roof should also be properly sealed.
Because we stand behind our guarantees, our company does not repair rotted wood or do any major carpentry work. If there is a lot of rotted wood or carpentry work that needs to be done, we ask that you have a carpenter come out to assess your home and repair those areas first. Our main focus with exclusion work is sealing up the small gaps, securing vents and patching up the smaller holes. If there is rotted wood around your home, it should definitely be repaired before we perform exclusion. We can’t secure any of our work to rotted wood that could easily fall apart at any time. At Apex Wildlife Control, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality work. We want satisfied
customers who know our work is going to hold up and last!
While our technicians can trap the squirrels and relocate them to a reserve over 20 miles away from your home, it won't keep more squirrels from trying to enter your home. The only guaranteed way to keep your home free from squirrels is to trap and seal your home at the same time.
So if you are hearing the pitter patter of little furry feet in your ventilation system, give us a call today. We're here to help!
If Squirrels Are In Your Ventilation In Memphis TN, Contact Us At 901-598-8555. Or Fill Out Our Contact Form Below And A Member Of Our Friendly Office Staff Will Contact You Shortly.