Guide to Winter Squirrel Prevention for New York Homeowners◀ Back To Blog
December 28, 2018
People have varying opinions of squirrels, some enjoy watching them run around the yard and others see them for what they could potentially be, a home invading pest. However you feel about squirrels, very homeowner should be well aware of the problems these wildlife pests can cause if they find their way into your home.
Squirrels are nuisance wildlife creatures, and they are both unpredictable and dangerous, despite their relatively harmless appearance. They can spread illness, such as Salmonella. They may cause extensive damage to your home by gnawing holes to get inside, nesting in your insulation, and chewing through wiring. As the cold of winter continues in New York, squirrels become a common pest problem. Take steps now to prevent squirrels from getting into your Albany home.
Why Squirrels are a Common Pest Problem in Winter
You often see squirrels running around gathering nuts and acorns for the winter. This may give you the impression that they need to fatten up and hunker down outdoors in cold weather. While this is somewhat true, squirrels need protection from predators. During the winter months in the Capital District and Adirondack areas, trees are bare and their usual hiding places are exposed. Squirrels seek shelter and protection where they can find it, and your home may be their best bet this season.
How and Why Squirrels Get onto Roofs and into Attics
You’ve surely seen a squirrel scurry up a tree. They are adept climbers and use their skills to their advantage. Branches that hang over your roof line or garage make a great bridge for squirrels to gain entry to your house. They easily squeeze through vents, break and gnaw through soffits, scurry down your chimney, and get into your home through loose shingles or rotted window frames. Attic spaces offer great protection, as they are typically full of insulation and provide excellent hiding spaces and an easy way in and out as they gather food.
Prevention Steps for New York Homeowners
- There are a few things you can do to keep squirrels out of your home this winter:
- Trim all overhanging tree branches away from your house.
- Place screens over your gutters.
- Install a chimney cap.
- Closing or screen off vents.
- Ensure that your windows are in good repair.
- Regularly inspect your soffits and roof, as well as any other areas of your home that may have holes or otherwise be in disrepair. Make repairs as needed and as soon as possible.
Calling the Professionals
Capital district homeowners should never attempt to remove any wildlife, including squirrels, on their own. Squirrels can bite and scratch, transmit bacteria and disease through their excrement, and they are elusive and may cause more damage during your attempt to capture them.