Squirrel damage to homes can be a costly endeavor. They can chew through virtually anything not made of metal. Their front teeth grow at such a fast rate they have to chew to keep them at a manageable length. While chewing on acorns and other nuts help to keep them manageable, sometimes food sources aren’t enough which makes your home a prime target for these nuisance rodents. Home owners can have damages ranging from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands in some cases. Their damages can range from holes chewed in trash cans, siding damage, roof damage, or worse….electrical wire damages which can lead to fires. While some might consider them cute and cuddly, the safety concerns are real.
Raccoons are highly adaptable to urban and suburban situations, so your home can easily become a substitute den site. During spring the adult female will be looking for a safe place for her young to be born and grow. Your attic and wall spaces provide enough out-of-the-way nooks and crannies for a mother raccoon to hide her young. Frequently found in attics, raccoons will often pry open areas under soffits, vents, and other areas in order to gain access to these areas. Once inside, they consider it their home (and toilet). They leave behind urine and droppings, not to mention a number of parasites. They can damage duct-work and limit the effectiveness or “R” value of the insulation.