Squirrels are cute, whimsical and fun to watch. However, squirrels can also be a pain in the butt. They can root up your bulbs, clean out your bird seed and also get in your house.
But how can they be harmful?
It is all due to 2 things: first, they get into your house, and two, they prefer to chew.
Squirrels move into your attic for a variety of reasons, think about Raccoon Poop. Perhaps it’s near their meals (since they like to live close to their meals) or perhaps they will need to create a nest to live (or have a family) or perhaps it is because they found an opening into your attic – a place that’s warm, dry and protected.
Well, it does not really matter why they are there. It’s only that they’re there.
This is a problem because squirrels like to chew. In fact it is a necessity for them to chew constantly and to chew anything. If they did not, their teeth would grow too large for their mouths. Their natural way is to chew and chew and chew.
Now look at like this. If you have a squirrel living in your loft, what’s it going to eat or drink? It may start by making a nest. Maybe you’ve got some papers or clothes in the loft. They would make a nice nest.
Now the squirrel requires some entertainment.
Well, Let’s say you don’t have anything like this in your loft. Even so, there are many more things it may start chewing on and these are probably something made from wood – like your flooring, siding, studs, rafters,… ( not cheap things to replace or repair).
What else is in the majority of attics and is generally not very well hidden and occasionally laying right out in the open? Electric wiring!
Squirrels obviously do not know any better, so if it looks interesting or is in their way, they will chew it. Regrettably, it’s a known fact that many squirrels have chewed electric wiring and have started a house fire in the process. This is the reason allowing those adorable critters in your loft is extremely dangerous.
The fear of having a loft fire should just be one concern of having squirrels in your attic. Having squirrels in your attic is also bad because they can:
1.) Make it much easier to enter your primary living area,
2.) If they have a family, your problems (such as chewing) is mutiplied by 4 or 5 times,
3.) Squirrels bring insects, ticks or mites in your home which may spread into your living room, and
4.) Their feces and urine can result in health problems.
All this means is that you need to eliminate the squirrels or prevent them from arriving (if they aren’t there yet). The best way to start is to make sure all openings in your attic are properly sealed.