Squirrel Removal and Exclusion: How We Safeguarded a Homeowner’s Chimney Stack
Are you aware that squirrels can cause significant damage to your property? In fact, they are responsible for over 30,000 house fires each year due to their gnawing on electrical wires.
But worry not, because in this article, you will discover the remarkable techniques used by Icon Pest to secure the area and keep those pesky squirrels at bay. We will take you through the entire process of squirrel removal, from assessing the problem to sealing entry points and implementing effective exclusion methods.
Icon Pest encountered a unique challenge during a recent chimney exclusion, but their expertise and innovative thinking allowed them to devise a solution that left no room for those furry critters to enter.
If you’re interested in learning how professionals handle squirrel removal, continue reading to witness their remarkable methods.
Assessing the Squirrel Problem
To assess the squirrel problem, our service technician identified potential entry points and evaluated the extent of their access to the area. Squirrels can be quite persistent and resourceful when it comes to finding ways into your home, so it’s important to have the exterior of your property thoroughly inspected. We look for any gaps or openings in the walls, roof, or foundation that may serve as entry points for these critters. Close attention is paid to areas where pipes, cables, or wires enter the home, as squirrels can easily squeeze through small openings.
Once the potential entry points have been identified, it’s time to evaluate the extent of the squirrels’ access to the area. Are they able to freely move around, or are they confined to a specific location? This will help determine the best course of action for squirrel removal and exclusion.
In some cases, evidence of squirrel activity such as chewed wires, nesting materials, or droppings may be found. This can give a better idea of where the squirrels are spending their time and what areas may need to be targeted for exclusion.
Squirrel removal and exclusion methods can vary depending on the specific situation. It may involve sealing off entry points, installing barriers or screens, or using one-way doors to allow the squirrels to exit but not re-enter. Icon Pest utilizes the best methods for each case to ensure that the removal and exclusion process is done safely and effectively.
Sealing Entry Points to Prevent Future Intrusions
To prevent future squirrel intrusions, entry points must be sealed. Squirrels are adept at finding small openings and using them as access points into your home or building. By taking the time to have these entry points sealed, you can greatly reduce the chances of squirrels entering your property.
The inspection will start with our service technician looking for any gaps, cracks, or holes that squirrels could use to gain entry from outside. Common entry points include gaps around windows and doors, holes in the roof or siding, and openings around utility pipes or vents. These areas will be sealed using appropriate materials such as caulk, weatherstripping, or wire mesh.
Of concern are areas where different materials meet, such as where the roof meets the chimney or where pipes enter the building. These junctions can often be weak points that squirrels can exploit. To seal these areas, flashing or other specialized materials are used to create a secure barrier and prevent squirrels from gaining access.
The seals should be regularly inspected to maintain the barriers put in place. Over time, weather conditions and general wear and tear can weaken these seals, creating potential entry points for squirrels. By being proactive and addressing any issues promptly, you can ensure that your property remains squirrel-free.
Maintaining a Squirrel-Free Environment
To maintain a squirrel-free environment, you should regularly inspect potential entry points on your property. Squirrels are persistent and agile creatures, capable of squeezing through small openings and accessing your home or building. By conducting routine inspections, you can identify any vulnerabilities and take proactive measures to prevent squirrel intrusion.
It’s also important to secure your attic and crawl spaces. Inspect these areas for any openings, including gaps around pipes, vents, or wiring. Use caulk or foam insulation to seal these gaps, ensuring a tight seal. Additionally, consider installing chimney caps and vent covers to prevent squirrels from entering through these openings.
Maintaining a tidy yard can also deter squirrels from taking up residence on your property. Trim tree branches that overhang your roof, as squirrels can use them as a bridge to access your home. Keep bird feeders away from the house, as they can attract squirrels and provide them with a food source.
Regularly inspecting entry points and having them reinforced when required, securing attic and crawl spaces, and maintaining a tidy yard are essential steps in maintaining a squirrel-free environment. By being diligent in these efforts, you can reduce the likelihood of squirrel infestations and shield your property from harm from these persistent pests.
Our One-Stop Shop is Your Best Bet for Wildlife Intrusion Solutions
Icon Pest offers innovative and effective methods for squirrel removal. By assessing the squirrel problem, implementing deterrents, sealing entry points, and safely trapping and removing squirrels, we ensure a squirrel-free environment for our customers.
The expertise and quick thinking of our service technicians enable them to overcome unique challenges, such as this case where chimney stack access was obstructed due to HVAC pipes. With their tight barriers, secured pipes, and squirrel one-way doors, Icon Pest provided a comprehensive solution to a squirrel invasion.
Icon Pest is your one-stop solution for squirrel removal and exclusion. We can help if you have concerns about wildlife infestations. Our free inspections and service quotes are always provided without obligation.