Squirrel damage in an attic
Squirrels are some of the most common home intruders, with thousands of homes getting ravaged by the little furry rodents each year. Like most home invaders, squirrels prefer dark, cool spaces where you’re not likely to bother them. And since squirrels are excellent tree climbers and can run across a branch-like there’s no tomorrow, attics make for a squirrel’s favourite spot.
In this article, we’ll look at exactly what kind of damage squirrels can inflict on your attic.
First of all, there are droppings.
While living in your attic, squirrels will obviously go to the toilet freely all over your stored stuff, as well as your floor and structures. Squirrel feces, of course, are carriers of the disease. But the worst part is, their poop will soak into your furniture, the floor, or your attic and the structures, which will make the whole house stink, and it will be really hard to get out.
This is a big problem, as it can attract cockroaches and other pests.
Then, there’s the food..
Squirrels are a messy kind of tenant, who’ll eat in bed, and won’t dispose of the leftovers. It’s not uncommon to find half-eaten foods up there, which slowly decompose, once again, causing a stench and attracting other creatures.
They’ll chew. A lot.
What can we say, squirrels love chewing, so the more they live up there, the more damage they’re able to do. They will chew walls, beams, floorboards, stored furniture, and any other available structure.
Speaking of storage
You can bid goodbye to that, since squirrels will go through your boxes and hampers of stuff, searching for the perfect nesting material. This may include feces on your clothes and toys, fur, tears, etc.
They might die
Rotting animal corpses are a huge problem for homeowners each year. These intruders will die in or under your house for various reasons, and if you don’t find them soon, their decomposing bodies will start to stink, and attract carrion. The more the merrier? We doubt that.
To conclude, although squirrels may appear harmless and cute (and they are, for the most part), you need to take precautions if there are squirrels in your area. Trim your trees, lawn, and bushes. Remove food sources from your yard, and maybe even put up a fence to keep squirrels out. They’re cute, but considerably less so when they’re making a mess in your attic.