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Are Squirrels Nuts About Your Home?

Are Squirrels Nuts About Your Home?

Squirrels are extremely active and cause a large amount of damage during the fall, winter, and spring. Squirrels use their strong razor like teeth to chew through almost all materials your home consist of in order to gain access into your walls, ceiling, and attic. Once in your home the damages that these little guys can create are astronomical. Squirrels are one of the hardest rodents to rid from a home because of how territorial and persistent they can be. Critter Stop offers an in-dept three step process to permanently rid rodents from your home.

Squirrels that have been removed after nesting inside dallas homes.
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Signs of Squirrel Infestation

When we have provided our squirrel removal services, we have found that they are amongst the few tidier rodents. Burrowing and creating latrines they cover with attic insulation to help mask their scent from predators. This can make it difficult to locate droppings they may leave behind. However, there are still several ways to determine a squirrel has taken residency in your home. The most common are the noises you will hear. Squirrels, unlike other rodents are diurnal. Which means you will commonly hear scratching, scurrying, and chewing noises in the early morning and late evening.

Based on our experience dealing with squirrels, another way of determining if rodents have taken residency in your home’s walls, ceiling, or attic is to inspect your eaves and fascia boards on the exterior of your home. Eaves are the part of the roof that hangs out over the walls to provide shade to the exterior of your home. Since these are only wood boards, squirrels can easily chew through it, given the squirrel has somewhere for their teeth to catch.

squirrel nest in the attic
Squirrel nest in the attic.

This chewing typically takes place in what we call a roof return (where the soffit board returns to the roof of your home). About 90% of roof returns have a natural gap from where the board was cut an inch or two to short. Critter Stops first step to evicting the squirrels will be to permanently seal these holes with a painted to match, galvanized sheet metal. Although squirrels have been known to chew directly through metal, this metal will be far too thick for the squirrels to chew through. Critter Stop will then leave one hole open and attach a one-way valve to the hole. This allows the rodents to exit but not return.  

The final and most common way to tell a squirrel has taken residency in your home, would be the chewing within your home’s attic. Unfortunately squirrels chew everything they come across this includes but is not limited to:

  • Electrical wiring
  • Water and gas piping
  • Air Condition components
  • Insulation
  • Wood joist and studs

Rodent Damage: Risks and consequences for your home

All of these can cause extensive amounts of damage within your home if not inspected and taken care of properly. Most insurance policies does not cover rodent damages.

  • Approximately 30,000 electrical fires every year are caused by rodents chewing wire.
  • Approximately 10,000 water pipes burst from rodents chewing pipes every year.
  • Air Condition components are a very common to see chewing or entry in.
  • Depending on severity of chewing wood joist and studs may need to be patched or replaced in order to ensure the structural integrity of the home.
Common signs or methods of entry for squirrels to begin nesting in your home.
Entry points that are commonly used by squirrels to get into the attic. 

Have a Critter Stop Wildlife Specialist inspect your home for damages. Our Wildlife specialist will begin by inspecting your attic for feces, chewing, footprints, burrowing, and other significant. This is to determine what rodent(s) are entering your home. Our Wildlife Specialist will then inspect the entire base level of the exterior of your home, followed by a roof inspection. After our Wildlife Specialist has determined the severity of the work, they will create a quote based on your needs.

Potential health risks associated with squirrels

‍All though squirrels do not oppose nearly as many health threats as other rodents do there are still a few:

  • Leptospirosis- this is a bacterial condition that is spread through the feces and urine of rodents. While it can be fairly mild in many cases (causing flu like symptoms), in other situations it can lead to serious respiratory problems.
  • Salmonella- This is another condition that can be caught fairly easily from squirrel feces. The effects will usually cause symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting but rarely fatal.
  • Lyme Disease- The ticks that squirrels can bring into your home typically carry Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease can burden you with a serious rash that can result in joint pain, strong headaches, and even Facial Paralysis (if left unattended).

How can Critter Stop help you?

Fortunately, Critter Stop has two ways of handling rodent diseases, feces, and ticks depending on the severity of your home’s infestation. This step could be as simple as fogging the attic space or as in-depth as physically removing all of the insulation, dropping, and debris. This will all be determined by the inspection process.

Call Critter Stop at (214) 234-2616 today to get your free home inspection! As squirrel removal experts, we will send out a Certified Wildlife Specialist to inspect your home and walk you through the entire process. Our process included sealing all possible entry points around your home, trapping all rodents in your home, and decontaminating and sanitizing the infested area.

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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