- Published on 2016-09-21 17:41:30
As local homeowners start to head south for the winter or reduce the frequency of their second home use, these vacant homes are exposed to a variety of risks. Cooler weather tends to drive rodents such as mice and squirrels into shelter areas such as your home which offer warmer temperatures and food. Squirrels can do some tremendous damage to exposed wiring. This is an example of what a squirrel did to one of our client's landscape lighting circuits. Squirrels need to chew in order to keep their teeth from growing too long so gnawing is part of their instinctive behavior. They will chew wood, aluminum, patio furniture, wiring and so forth. They can even chew their way through soffits into your attic and then start working on the exposed wiring in those spaces. In a number of instances they are trying to gain access to your attic for the purpose of giving birth so it is important to look for any signs of early damage to prevent entry or take measures of using animal repellent or live traps. Not only do squirrels cause damage but other rodents such as mice can enter the home and cause damage as well as create health risks. If you leave your home unattended, it is critical to have a professional monitoring your property on a regular basis.