Squirrels often chew their way into people’s attics to build nests. Once they get inside, they sometimes chew on electrical wires. This can cause serious problems, ranging from power outages to house fires. The issue therefore needs to be addressed immediately.
Why Do Squirrels Chew on Electrical Wires?
Squirrels and other types of rodents need to control the length of their teeth and the speed at which they grow. Having teeth that are too long can make it difficult to chew, so squirrels continuously chew on things to manage the length of their teeth. Chewing also makes a squirrel’s teeth stronger and sharper so they can chew on acorns and other hard foods. Squirrels chew on wood, electrical wires, and other hard objects they find in attics to achieve these purposes.
What Can Happen If a Squirrel Chews on Electrical Wires?
When a squirrel chews on electrical wires, it can inconvenience the people who live in the house and can even put their lives at risk. Damaged electrical wires can split and cause power failures. A person who comes into contact with chewed electrical wires can be electrocuted, which can cause serious injuries or death. Damaged electrical wires can also spark a fire. Attics are often filled with dry, flammable materials, including insulation, boxes, and wood beams, that can provide fuel for a blaze.
What to Do If You Have Squirrels in Your Attic
If you have noticed damaged electrical wires in your attic, you could have a squirrel problem. If you have heard noises in your attic and suspect you may have squirrels living there, you should have them trapped and relocated as soon as possible. Even if they have not chewed on your electrical wires yet, there is a good chance that they might in the future. That could put you and your family in danger.
Call Anderson Wildlife Control for help with your squirrel problem. We will trap the squirrels in your Connecticut home and transport them to another location. We will then seal off the entry points to prevent squirrels and other animals from getting into your attic in the future. You will also need to have an electrician come to repair the damage the squirrels caused to your wires. Contact Anderson Wildlife Control today to get an estimate for squirrel removal services.