Squirrels are the worst kind of nuisance you can have in your home. They are fantastic and annoying chewers and can chew anything from wood to plastic, which means once they are in your house, your furniture, electric wires and bathroom vents are in danger, not forgetting the litters they produce. The best bet for getting rid of squirrels is to find all their entry points and sealing them, and according to professionals and experience, most of these entry points are found in your roof.
A trained squirrel exclusion technician will first begin the exclusion process by establishing the squirrels’ entry points into your house, the roof being the first suspect. If you are planning to go the DIY way, it is advisable to get on top of the roof and inspect it for any holes. This is better than doing it from inside the house since squirrels enter from the outside of the house.
However if you can access the roof properly from the inside, go in during the day and check for light rays coming in from outside either through cracks or hole, remember squirrels can enter through any hole, no matter how small since they can chew to make it bigger. If you are wondering where to start, here are a few tip offs on where and what to look for as possible points of entry.
Gaps between the roof singles and eave troughs: Once they become aware of a small hole, they focus on chewing on it until they create an opening big enough for them to enter your house.
Roof vents, especially those made of plastic pose no challenge for the rodents, as they will only have to chew it away to gain access. On the other hand, if they are made of metals, they will simply squeeze through the ventilation. Roof edges, where ice and water gather are vulnerable as they are weak because of the rot.
Bathroom and plumbing vents.
Behind the dumper of your fireplace could be another entry point. Chimneys are attractive to them because of the warmth they offer and are a favourite for them for building nests.
Once you have located all the squirrel entry points in your roof, it is advisable to block them so that the rodents stop getting into your home. You should block all the holes but one, the one frequently used to avoid trapping them inside your house. It is better to contract a professional since they have all the knowhow and equipment necessary for the job. One of the mistakes most people who decide to do it themselves make is blocking all the rodents’ entry points, trapping them inside. An expert will know how to safely block these holes and still leave a way out for the rodents without letting them back in.