Of the many wildlife species that invade homes in Cary, squirrels are possibly the most relentless. Squirrels breed twice a year and, during these periods, they will often try to enter attics, crawl spaces and garages to make nests and raise their young. Unfortunately, squirrels are destructive critters that chew on everything as well as making a mess with droppings and urine stains. If you want to keep squirrels out of your home in Cary, follow these helpful tips.
Top 3 Squirrel Prevention Tips
- Seal Entry Holes – Between being excellent climbers and having the ability to squeeze through a 1.5 inch hole, squirrels have no problem finding a way inside houses in Cary. If you have a lot of squirrels that hang out on your property, it might be a good idea to inspect the exterior of your home for possible entry holes and seal them off. It’s also a good idea to cover vent openings with a mesh screen to keep squirrels from using them as doorways.
- Be Careful With Bird Seed – Anyone who enjoys bird watching knows that feeding birds means feeding squirrels, too. Many homeowners in Cary wage a never-ending war trying to keep squirrels from ransacking their bird feeders. What some may not realize is that having bird feeders in close proximity to your home can incentivize squirrels to move in. Place bird feeders toward the back of your property to mitigate this risk. Be careful where you store your bird seed, too; never leave bags outside and keep them in tightly lidded containers if they’re in the garage.
- Trim Hazardous Branches – Squirrels often get onto the roofs of homes by leaping from overhanging branches. From there, these critters will find entry holes in your roof, eaves or siding. To prevent a squirrel infestation in Cary, trim off any tree branches that scrape up against the side of your house or hang over your roof. This will make it much more difficult for squirrels to find a way inside.
Squirrels Driving You Nuts? We’ll Remove Them!
When squirrels take up residence in your home, getting them out will be tough unless you partner with a trusted local wildlife control company. Connect with Southern Wildlife and Land Management today if you need to have squirrels removed from your home in the Cary area!