Squirrels aren’t usually the first animal that springs to mind when we talk about pest control. But, as with all of the pests we deal with, once they are in your home, they certainly are pests!
If you have ever had a squirrel in your attic or are worried it could happen to you then these top squirrel deterrent tips will help you keep your home squirrel free.
Squirrels can be an issue all year round. However, the winter months, from September to March while the temperature is at its lowest, are the most common times for squirrels to find their way inside.
Why do squirrels go into attics?
Attics provide a warm and secure place for squirrels to make nests and shelter from the harsh weather outside. A squirrel nest, called a drey, is usually made in a tree from twigs, branches and leaves. However, given the opportunity, squirrels will come into an attic and use twigs and branches they may bring in. They will also use any insulation or shredded papers and boxes they may find in your attic to make a nest.
Our top 5 tips on how to prevent squirrels
Your Garden: Squirrel Deterrent
Whilst you can’t prevent squirrels from entering your garden, there are ways to make your garden less welcoming. This in turn will reduce the likelihood of them entering your home.
Tip no. 1: Trim and tree branches that overhang your roof or near your roof. These are used as pathways for squirrels to access the roof. Squirrels can jump from anywhere between 8ft – 12ft so consider this when cutting back your foliage. The same goes for dense ivy on your building, this can be used as a ladder for squirrels giving easy access to the roof.
Tip no. 2: squirrel deterrents; use squirrel guards or baffles on your bird feeders to make your garden less inviting. If squirrels know they are unable to get food easily in your garden they will move on to easier pickings.
Your Home: Squirrel Deterrent
If the squirrels have managed to get past the garden defences, then the next step it to ensure your home is secure.
Tip no. 3: Proofing! Seal all entry points to your attic using metal plates or mesh. Squirrels are strong and can gnaw through softer materials so expanding foam won’t cut it.
Squirrels are attracted to live in close proximity to humans due to the abundance of food. We leave food in our gardens for the birds. We leave our rubbish bins full of food outside. Their basic need for food keeps squirrels coming back time and time again.
Tip no. 4: Keep any bird feed or nuts in secure, airtight containers to prevent squirrels from getting access to them.
Tip no. 5: Keep your bins sealed with lids on to prevent squirrels from finding food sources.
Hopefully, these top tips will help you prevent squirrels from getting in your attic. If however, you find yourself coming across this article too late and you already suspect you have a squirrel in your attic, our team of local, professional pest controllers are here to help.