It would be nice if you could keep squirrels out of your home before calling a pest control company like ours. And we’ve got good news!
There are steps you can take to vastly reduce your chances of acquiring a squirrel problem.
Inspect Your Home
The best way to keep squirrels out of your home is to control potential entry points. Look for holes in the soffits, as well as for rot in the fascia. Check for holes in your siding.
Add a steel mesh to the top of the chimney. This will let smoke out but will keep squirrels from getting in. You should also screen off the attic and crawlspace vents.
Trim Back Trees
Trees create a little “squirrel superhighway” when they run right up to the roof. Here in Houston, a lot of us have huge Live Oaks in our front yards for shade. Those branches may have extended over your rooftops for generations, but it may be time to trim them back.
When it’s a short hop from the trees (a squirrel’s natural habitat) to your roof, it becomes a short leap of logic for squirrels to decide your home looks pretty great for nesting, too. Keep the idea out of their tiny minds. When you trim back your trees, they’ll naturally run up and down and around the trees. It’s a way to encourage them to “stay in their lane.”
Clean Your Gutters
When you let your gutters fill up with dead leaves and pine needles, you’re essentially creating a nesting box for squirrels. Think about it; it’s enclosed on three sides by something hard, and it’s filled with soft, warm stuff the squirrels can burrow into
Once they’re nesting in the gutters, the soffits, fascia, and roof shingles are right there for them to chew. Once they chew long enough, they’ll wander inside. Once they wander inside, they’ll never want to leave.
Limit Access to Foo
Squirrels are just like mice, rats, and raccoons. They’re opportunistic about food. They’re happy to dig in your trash.
Getting an animal-proof garbage can is an excellent investment that keeps all sorts of pests away.
If you love feeding the birds, then pick up a squirrel-proof bird feeder. There are several varieties available on the market. This will allow you to feed the songbirds you enjoy without encouraging squirrels to hang around your house.
Get Help When You Need It
Squirrels are persistent little creatures. There’s always a chance they’re going to get into your home despite your best efforts.
When that happens, call Elite Wildlife Services to schedule a free inspection. Our team will help you humanely trap, remove, and exclude squirrels. We can also find entry points you may have missed and help you seal them up.
Squirrels can do a lot of damage. It’s good that you’re taking them seriously.
It would be nice if you could plant some garlic around your house and never worry about squirrels again, wouldn’t it?
Money is tight for Houston families this year, so it’s natural to wonder if you can end a squirrel problem with inexpensive ingredients that you can pick up at the grocery store.
We’ve heard questions about everything from cayenne pepper to vinegar. Peppermint oil is another favorite. Who wouldn’t want to get rid of squirrels and keep their home smelling nice?
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it’s not going to work.
The Nesting Drive is Stronger than the Smell Drive
Squirrels instinctively nest in cavities. They like having a dry, protected place to bunk down, and they love it when they find lots of nesting materials to burrow into. Attics are the perfect candidate.
They’ll put up with a smell they don’t like as a trade-off because they’re so well-protected from most predators when they’re inside a human home. And while their strong sense of smell does mean that capsaicin is unpleasant for them, you probably cannot get enough of it into your attic to truly keep them away.
You might not enjoy having that much pepper circulating around in your air supply, either.
“Natural” Smells May Invite Other Pests
Some of the natural smells people want to use to repel squirrels just smell like food to other animals. You could be rolling out a red carpet for rats by attempting to get rid of squirrels the “cheap” way.
Wild rats will chow down on hot peppers as quickly as they’ll eat any other food. It may not be good for them, but they’re happy to try.
Squirrel Control Isn’t as Expensive As You Fear
Our methods involve removing the squirrels from the attic entirely, blocking off their method of entry, and helping you clean up after their mess. Exclusion methods are the only sure-fire way to get squirrels out of your home and keep them out of your home.
If you think you have a squirrel problem, don’t buy 50 pounds of Irish Spring soap, hoping that spreading the shavings around your attic will take care of the problem. Don’t waste your money on ghost peppers.
Squirrels can easily do $8000 or more in damage to your home. It may be hard to believe that such a small, cute creature can cause so much damage, but squirrels are fundamentally destructive.
Here are the five most common ways that squirrels will, if allowed, unleash havoc in your Houston home.
#1) Chewing Wires
From a squirrel’s point of view, the insulation sheathing over any electrical wire is a delightfully chewy treat. They like the metal, too; it keeps their teeth sharp and hard.
Once they start sawing into the wires, the damage is sufficient to cause stray sparks whenever a current is running. The NFPA estimates squirrels cause 500 house fires per year.
These fires are often devastating because they begin in attics and chimneys, places that allow them to spread quickly.
#2) Ripping Up Insulation
Insulation looks like a wonderful nesting material for squirrels. They rip it up, chew it up, and dig into it to bear their babies inside.
They’re also not all that careful about where they leave their droppings and are content to bury it or leave it on top of your insulation.
The more they tear up the insulation, the less insulation is happening. As they wet it down with their urine, they encourage mold and mildew growth. The end result can be truly devastating for the entire home.
#3) Destroying the Siding
Squirrels like having easy access to their new attic nest, so they’ll chew holes in the siding to make it easier for them to get in and out of the home. They also like running up and down the walls because they’ll often try to store nuts between the studs.
Some of the holes we’ve seen are the size of a man’s fist. They’re no joke and leave your house in terrible shape.
#4) Ripping Through Trim
Wood is no match for a squirrel on a mission. The soffit, fascia, and trim near your roof line are fair game as far as they’re concerned. For that matter, they’re perfectly happy to work their way through the shingles, too.
The result is a leaky mess and another breeding ground for mold and mildew.
#5) Staining Your Ceiling
That yellow stain on your ceiling might not be “water damage.”
Squirrels usually have to be at their dark work for a while before homeowners start seeing their mess so close to the living area itself, but it does happen.
Eventually, you might start smelling the results, too.
End Your Squirrel Problem Today
You’ve worked too hard to own your Houston home to let squirrels destroy it.
Elite Wildlife Services will help you get rid of them safely and humanely, and we’ll help you keep them gone for good.
Contact us for a free inspection today! It could be the best call you make this year.
Squirrels can do plenty of damage both indoors and outdoors. People in Houston have found chewed-up chairs and decks, stripped-down gardens, and worse.
When they’re inside the home, they tear up insulation, chew on wiring until your home becomes a fire hazard, and leave feces everywhere.
Understanding their patterns can help you keep squirrels out of your home.
Spring is mating season, and it’s the season when squirrels are working the hardest to get into your home. Your attic looks like the perfect nesting spot to them.
Gathering behavior kicks up again in the spring. They can gather roughly 3,000 to 10,000 nuts per year, and they store them close to their nests.
That’s why if you have squirrels in your home, you’ll start hearing what sounds like a bunch of boulders thundering inside your home. It’s squirrels bouncing nuts in between your walls.
Squirrels get territorial during the summer, meaning they won’t just want to live in your home; they’ll want to yell at you and any other squirrel near you.
On the one hand, that’s great. They’ll keep new squirrels from infiltrating your attic. On the other, you’ll soon have new squirrel pups scampering around in there, and the pups want to chew even more than the adults do.
Squirrels continue gathering food and material for their winter nests.
They’ll get even more active about their gathering efforts during this period, so they’re prone to running in and out of the house and making plenty of noise.
Since spring is coming around sooner than you think, it’s a good time to call our office for an inspection. We can help you block off squirrel entry points and keep them out of your home. If they’re already in your home, we’ll get them out and make sure they can’t come back in.
Meanwhile, the squirrels will be less active. You won’t hear them moving around as much if they are in your home. They’ll be using up all the food they stored during the fall and won’t want to run around as often.
Schedule an Inspection Today
Squirrel populations have exploded throughout the Houston area. While we can’t necessarily keep squirrels out of your yard, we can help you remove them from your home or keep them out entirely.
All Houston-area squirrels can be extremely destructive. If you think you might have a problem, don’t hesitate to call us for an inspection.
Everyone in Katy, TX has squirrels in their yard. As long as they stay in your yard, squirrels are relatively harmless.
Yet when squirrels get into your home you've got a huge problem on your hands! They're just as bad as mice for
chewing just about everything and defecating just about everywhere.
Here's how you know you've got squirrels in your home.
You hear strange noises.
Scratching and skittering sounds in your ceiling are a good sign that you have some kind of infestation. It may not be
squirrels, but they're noisy little critters and very energetic. You'll often hear squirrels before you hear just about any other type of critter.
You find the damage.
You'll usually find damage in the walls or in the attic. You'll see teeth marks and chewed electrical wires. Sometimes the damage shows up around your air vents, too, or around the roofline.
You see tiny footprints.
Think you've got squirrels in your attic? Try slipping a bit of cardboard up there. Cover it in flour.
Leave it up there one day. You're going to end up with a chewed up piece of cardboard that's got tiny squirrel prints all
You see "water damage."
That yellow-brown stain on your ceiling might not be water leak damage at all.
You've detected an unpleasant smell.
Sometimes squirrels fall into the walls and die. Baby squirrels are especially prone to this.
Eventually your house starts smelling like "something's died in here."
You need an extermination company to remove the live squirrels...and to find and get rid of the dead squirrel.
Note, this is why you want to call a company like ours right away. Some people try poison before they try us, and they end up with lots of dead squirrels in their walls. It's awful stuff. Don't make that mistake.
Get help with your squirrel problem from Elite Wildlife Services today!
Did you know that humane squirrel removal and prevention are very affordable services? In fact, we offer one of the
most affordable squirrel removal services in Katy.
Contact us today to get a free estimate. Squirrels belong in trees...not in your house!
Many people enjoy living in The Woodlands because it puts them right next door to the 1800-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve. While you might enjoy being able to spot various creatures when you visit the Preserve, the last place you want them is in your home or business.
It's not unusual for bats, raccoons, grey squirrels, rats, opossums, snakes, bees, and armadillos to become major issues for property owners in The Woodlands area. Each of these creatures threatens your investment in a variety of ways.
They Spread Disease
Wildlife in a building poses a severe health and safety risk that you need to address right away.
They Ruin Your Property
Properties in the Woodlands are often beautifully built and appointed. Yet you stand to lose all that if you let wildlife run rampant in your home.
First, there's just no getting around it: animals leave urine and feces everywhere. Bats and rats don't politely go outside or in litter boxes. That means stains, smells, and other damage that can be difficult and expensive to clean up.
Second, many of these creatures like to chew on wires, walls, roofs, soffits, and insulation. It just so happens that our homes and businesses are filled with ideal nesting materials.
Third, pests sometimes attract other pests.
Got rats? Snakes are right behind them, because the snakes feed on the rats. Got bees? Rats and roaches are ready to eat their honey.
They Threaten Your Safety
Sure, most of the snakes that might be found in your Woodlands home are unlikely to be venomous, but snake bites still hurt. Rats will bite, scratch, and spread disease when they feel threatened, and so will any other animal.
Honeybees? Swarms and stings can be deadly if you or anyone on your property is allergic.
The longer you leave these creatures on your property the more likely it is that you're going to have some kind of an encounter with them that could result in someone getting hurt. As they grow more invasive they push further and further into the spaces where humans live and work.
Humane Wildlife Removal Services
There are no DIY solutions that work well for chasing these animals away. The only ways to handle the problem are to find out how they're getting in. Then we have to seal those spaces and remove the animals that are already there.
Killing those animals comes with its own set of problems, including the fact that corpses can become trapped in walls or hard-to-reach attic spaces, creating their own smells, health, and safety issues.
Instead, we trap them and take them off to a place where they can live their little lives in peace while leaving you to yours.
If you know you have a problem, don't delay and don't wait. You've worked too long and too hard to secure your Woodlands property to lose it to these representatives from the great outdoors.