Squirrels In Your Macon Home

While summer is a time to relax, it is also a time to pay attention to all the insect and animal pests that plague us. Flies find their way in through open doors, spiders invade our cellars, and ants squeeze in through every little crack they can find. But while we are paying attention to keeping these insect invaders out, we may not stop and think about squirrels. Yup, oftentimes squirrels are looking for a way into our homes as well.

Squirrels, like other rodents, will seek shelter in attics and wall voids, if they can find a way in. Once a nest is established, they can cause quite a headache, especially if they have little ones. Rodents never stop chewing because their incisors never stop growing so, if they get into your home, they will chew on everything from wood and insulation to treasured keepsakes and electrical wiring. It is simply not a good idea to allow squirrels, or rodents of any kind, to get into your home.

Tips to keeping squirrels out:

  • Trim trees away from your home 6 to 8 feet so that animals cannot reach these areas easily. You can also cover wires that go to your house with plastic piping that is slit open on one side. If a squirrel attempts to traverse the wire, the pipe will rotate and the little pest will slide right off.
  • Place wire mesh inside your downspouts to prevent critters from accessing your roof areas in this way.
  • Keep attic windows and other openings either closed or equipped with sturdy screens that are in good condition.
  • Screen attic vents with 1/4 inch galvanized hardware cloth.
  • If your home has vinyl siding, be sure that caps are installed at the bases of the corner pieces.
  • Put screens over dryer and bathroom vents. (Note: use care in screening dryer vents. If lint clogs, it can be a fire hazard.)
  • Be sure that your chimney has a cap on it.

If you are already dealing with a squirrel or two that has gotten into your home, please note that it is never a good idea to try to remove a wild animal on your own. Squirrels can be dangerous if cornered, especially if they are protecting young ones. Squirrels are best dealt with by teaming up with a professional pest control company like Active Pest Control. We have the proper tools, education, and experience to safely and effectively remove squirrels from your home. Let us take care of your pest problems so you can enjoy the summer around your Macon home.

Wildlife Invade Macon Homes

Sometimes it can feel like there is nothing we can do to safeguard against wildlife. But the truth is the number of pests inside your home is directly tied to how easy it is for them to get in. If you’re dealing with a skunk under your porch, it is because that skunk found a way to get under there. If there are mice in your walls, it is because there was a vulnerable area for them to chew their way in. If a squirrel is bumping around in your attic, it found a way up onto your roof. And that is why it is vital to get a professional to strengthen your defenses and make it harder for wildlife to gain entry, especially as we enter fall and those temperatures begin to drop.

3 Ways Professionals Exclude Animals

  1. Exclusion often begins with humane live trapping. This is because most folks don’t usually think about wildlife invasion until–well–those animals are invading. Our technicians are trained to use state-of-the-art baiting and trapping to secure all invading animals. They will also address issues of contamination so that you don’t end up with a secondary threat, such as lice, mites, ticks, fleas, or disease.
  2. There are many conditions that make a property more attractive to wildlife and give them access to the home. Our technicians are educated in modern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, which detail natural exclusion methods that resist animal invasion. Your technician will advise you on areas where tree branches give wildlife access to your walls or roofline, where tall grass and weeds may be inviting animals in near your exterior walls, and what food sources may be present. You’ll be shown areas where water damage may be weakening wood and providing a soft point of entry. There are many factors that will invite animals in and make it easier for them to gain entrance to your home.
  3. The most important way our technicians will keep animals out is by directly addressing any possible entry points, such as gaps, holes, cracks, and weakened spots. They will apply lumber, steel flashing, hardware cloth, mortar, a chimney cap, and more, to make sure there is no vulnerable spot for wildlife to exploit.

There are many species of animal that can become a threat to your property and your home. And there are many ways to exclude them. Let the team here at Active Pest Control make sure that your property is secure. Wild animals don’t just spread your garbage all over your yard and make thumping noises inside your walls; they can spread disease and parasites to you, your kids, and your pets.

When you have Active Pest Control protect your Macon home from the accidental invasion of wildlife, you can know for sure that it’s all good. Our QualityPro certified, Angie’s List Super Service Award winning team is made up of some of the most experienced and educated pest experts in the country. Get your exclusion services before the fall invasion begins, and keep those invading animals out.