Squirrels can be amusing to watch and are also very cute. Don’t be fooled, squirrels are cute but they can cause severe damage to your property, attic, landscaping, and plants. Squirrels are usually in pursuit to build nests. They will cause damage to your home by chewing openings through your siding and below your eaves to gain access. They also chew through unscreened chimneys, attics and vents to build nests in these areas. After a squirrel has built a nest they often chew through wires and insulation. Damage to wiring and insulation can be a fire hazard. When squirrels creep along cables and utility power wires they can cause a short to transformers.
Your landscaping and lawn can be just as susceptible to damage as your home and attic. They dig up your lawn looking for nuts to eat, and planted bulbs. They also like to chew on the barks and twigs of shrubbery and trees. If you have a fruit tree or vegetable garden, squirrels can easily destroy your crop due to their insatiable appetites. They often wait until vegetables and fruits are ripe enough to eat like humans. Which makes the loss of a gardener’s crop very disheartening.
Squirrels are typically not known to harm humans or animals that live among humans. It is very common for squirrels to infringe upon bird feeders. They will scare off birds, take the food and cause damage to the bird feeder. They will gnaw on the feeder to create a lager hole to access food. They may also cause damage to perches.
Removing squirrels from your attic and home is a situation that may be best handled by a pest control professional. Squirrels are usually removed with the use of a trap. Pest control professionals trap and relocate the squirrels.