Innocent and playful might be the words you associate with squirrels. These critters can be cute but they can also be a menace. Squirrels are usually not harmful when they are living in your trees, but they can be very destructive and a health hazard once they invade your home. As squirrels have litters of babies twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, they are constantly looking for sheltered areas to build their nests. Attics and soffit areas make ideal nesting location for squirrels. Squirrels get into the attic by chewing holes from the outside, typically above gutters, or at construction gaps where dormers meet the roofline. They may also gain entry to attics by chewing corners of trim or any other weak area that allows them access into the attic space. Their heights provide protection from predators and humans and allow squirrels to remain warm and dry through inclement weather.
Squirrels commonly cause damage to attic insulation, or chew wires in the attic. Squirrels chew on wires to sharpen, strengthen and control the growth of their teeth. And once they’ve chewed their way through, exposed wires become a major safety concern. Exposed wires can cause unexplained service interruptions, start fires or even electrocute anyone who touches them. As more litters of squirrels are born in or near the home, these squirrels will grow up, leave the nest and search for new areas within the attic to build their own nests. They continuously gnaw on something in order to reduce their incisors that can cause thousands of dollars in building damage. As long as the squirrels continue to stay in the attics they will try to create more entry points.
Squirrels have also been known to chew through PVC piping. Imagine the destruction that could be caused by a damaged water line in your attic!
Let us look at some incidences where squirrel have severely damaged the attics and which lead to great financial loss:
Squirrels are £20 million menace to homeowners
01 Mar 2011, The telegraph
Squirrels have been blamed for causing more than £20 million of damage to homes in Britain, including gnawed roof beams and chewed wiring. Last year, Glen and Laura Borner’s three-bedroom home in Hertfordshire burned down after squirrels chewed through electrical wiring in the loft.
Besides the estimated £20 million of damage to properties, the Forestry Commission said that squirrels also caused more than £10 million.
Flying squirrels and indoor snow make life miserable for Edina condo owner
DECEMBER 12, 2015, Star tribune
When the flying-squirrel guy told Tina Nelson that it was snowing in her attic, she knew things were getting out of hand at her Edina condo.
That was almost two years ago. Since then, the squirrels infesting her attic have been removed and the openings that let them in, along with the snow, have been closed. But Nelson continues to complain of problems with her unit at the Village Homes of Edinborough complex.
Seemingly the attacks by squirrels can cost us dearly in terms of monetary value as well as human life. It is imperative that we take steps to control and contain this damage. Conventional methods of dealing with these creatures include use of toxic chemical additives and trapping. Along the years each of these tried and tested methods have failed at some level due to a variety of reasons but not restricted to corrosion, adaptability of rodents, development of immunity to traditional poisons, etc.
They play a vital role in our ecosystem. They are great at planting trees. They bury their acorns but forget where they put them. Hence to use toxic rodenticides to prevent damage caused by squirrels will not be an ideal solution. Also, rodenticides can harm target as well as non-targeted species.
The time has come to look for a better alternative; an effective and long lasting solution. A sure shot and effective way of doing this is ensuring that these rodents are kept away from our attics for a long period of time.
Rodrepel™ a rodent and animal repellant manufactured by C Tech Corporation is ideal. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent repellant available in the form of masterbatch which can be incorporated in the cable sheathing during polymer processing. Rodrepel™ in liquid form can be coated on the cable insulation to provide protection from rodents. RodrepelTM lacquer can be applied as a topical application on the attics and also on the already installed cables. This product has been engineered with precision to work on multiple levels targeting the acutely developed sense of the rodents. It also targets the other olfactory senses causing temporary discomfort ensuring the rodent stays away from the end application.
In our war against these four-legged terrorists, Rodrepel™ promises to be a reliable and promising weapon, making it our weapon of choice.
Contact us if you are facing problems against these little critters and also against aggressive animals as well as termites and insects.