We might be coming up on the Valentine’s Day holiday, but there’s nothing cute about a squirrel taking up residence in your home. As adorable as they might be to look at from the window as they scurry around the yard they can actually do a lot of damage if they find their way into your home.
So yes, squirrels can be sweet and cuddly looking, but no, you do not want them as a pet or a roommate.
Here are the top 3 reasons you don’t want a squirrel in your home and what to do if you find any.
1. Dangerous Gnawing
One of the prime locations where squirrels enter and take up residence is the attic. They will enter through a hole in rotted wood and once there begin to gnaw and chew on everything they can find. That can potentially mean more holes, electrical and wiring problems and even create fire hazards.
2. Hard to Eliminate Odors
Most squirrels that get into homes aren’t sitting out in the open to be seen and discovered. They are hiding in the smallest crevices and in the walls. The problem is if they don’t find their way out, or end up chewing on the wrong live wire, they will die and remain in the location, decomposing and letting off an odor you will never forget.
3. Toxic Feces
Perhaps the most alarming reason you don’t want those cute, cuddly looking creatures in your home is because their excrement (yes they will do it in your home) can contain viruses that you can catch. Salmonella and leptospirosis specifically which are very harmful have been found in squirrel droppings.
If you’re in Connecticut and think you might have squirrels living in your home it’s time to give a professional wildlife removal company a call. Anderson Wildlife practices humane removal processes and works to fix the point of entry problems that allowed them access in the first place.