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How to get rid of squirrels

Why get rid of squirrels? Squirrels Damage Homes in the Seattle Area

how to get rid of squirrels

Squirrels damage homes every year as they try to enter your home.

Squirrels are usually not harmful when they are living in your trees, but they can be very destructive and a health hazard once they invade your home. You might not think of them as major pests, but squirrels have caused serious damage to homes all over the Greater Seattle Area. They can cost you thousands—or even tens of thousands—of dollars for repairs and clean-up. Their jaws are stronger and more destructive than they appear, and help squirrels chew right into common household construction materials that hold up your roof and keep the lights on. Some experts even estimate that squirrels are partly responsible for up to 20% of annual power outages nationwide. What’s more, damage caused by squirrels may not be entirely or even partially covered by your insurance policy. So if you have squirrels "breaching your structure" (read that: in your home) it is important to get rid of squirrels!

The fundamental problem that squirrels pose is that your house looks just as much like a home to them as it does to you. Squirrels will look for any way they can to get under your roof and into the attic. That’s where they make nests and begin to breed—producing litters of two to nine in the summer. And once they’ve had offspring, the juvenile squirrels themselves can start to breed in as little as a year. So, in preventing squirrels from causing major damage to your property, it’s important to act quickly and effectively in response to an infestation.


Squirrel in Attic? How to remove squirrels from your home

When it comes down to it, given enough time squirrels damage anything around your property that isn’t concrete, stone, or metal. In fact that’s exactly what they’re inclined to do. Chewing on things is how squirrels naturally wear down their sharp teeth, which continue to grow throughout their lives. In other words, squirrels don’t just see your house as a home: to them it’s a place where they can carry on their instinctive behavior and remain safe from predators.


Carefully following these steps can help you get rid of squirrels in your house.


Identify where the squirrels are gaining entry into your house. Squirrels will often make the existing holes in your walls and roof bigger until they can get in. They will also get in your house through ventilation systems. Read about inspect your house to find animal entry holes. Once you have found the places that the squirrels are getting in, you will need to set the correct traps or one-way exclusion doors. But beware! Is it a mother squirrel with a nest of babies inside? This may be the case in August/September or February/March. If you remove the mom and leave the babies inside, you'll have a problem.


One of the best and most humane ways to remove squirrels from the attic is with the use of one-way doors. Mount these on the entry/exit holes, and when the squirrels go out for food and water, they're merely blocked outside. This won't work if you've left other entry holes open, or if there's wood or screens to chew back in through.


Trapping squirrels is not an easy task and it is not even legal in some areas. To ensure that you are not breaking the law, simply call down to the local humane society or the fish and game office and ask if you are allowed to trap squirrels on your property. If you are allowed to trap squirrels you can get both lethal and live traps at a hardware store, online, or rent one from the humane society. Bait the trap with something squirrels like such as peanut butter or fruits. However, traps are only a small part of solving a squirrel problem, and getting the correct target squirrels is tricky. It's best to mount traps right on the exit hole to your attic.


Once you have trapped the squirrels you will need to relocate them no less than 10 to 15 miles away from your house, otherwise they will just come back. Once you have relocated all the squirrels you will then need to go through your home with a keen eye and repair all the holes and vents that they used to get in.


You will also need to clean the areas that the squirrels invaded which is not easy and it can be hazardous. Squirrel urine and droppings smell horribly and will seep into the wood in your home if it is not cleaned properly. Also, squirrels will rip up insulation and you will most likely have to repair it. Squirrels are not easy to catch and it is even more difficult to clean up their bodies and the mess they leave behind. If you even have the smallest amount of doubt, call a professional.

Do I need to get rid of these squirrels?
Yes: More Bad News About Squirrel Infestations

There are other ways that squirrels damage your home and harm your family. Like other rodents, their feces and urine may also transmit salmonella to people who touch it, as well as pets. Additionally, squirrels are carriers of fleas and ticks which they can also transmit to your pets, or introduce them directly into your home. Not to mention, squirrels also are a threat to your garden. Given the chance, they’ll eat seeds that have been planted and even the ripe fruits or vegetables in your garden, among other things. Lastly, squirrels often get caught in vents and chimneys, causing damaging obstructions.

We Can Help When Squirrels Damage Your Home

The good news is that clearing squirrel infestations is a process Eastside Exterminators specializes in. We know how to safely and humanely remove squirrels from your premises without damaging your home or the surrounding environment. We can also educate you as the homeowner on things you can do which will reduce the likelihood of another infestation occurring. Call us to schedule an appointment for our affordable, highly-specialized services at (425) 482-2100.