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Are There Squirrels In Your Attic? 3 Problems They Can Cause

Grey Squirrel PhotoAt A+ Insulation, we’ve installed insulation in a lot of attics in Kansas City. We’ve also seen what wildlife, particularly squirrels, can do to an attic. It isn’t pretty. Here are some issues to be aware of if you have or have had animals in your attic.

Problems Caused by Squirrels in Your Attic

Squirrels are cute when they’re running around outside or playing in trees, but once they get into your home, the only thing you want is to get them out. Squirrels can cause a lot of unwanted damage to your home. They like to make nests in your insulation. This mats it down and makes it less effective. They also leave urine and feces throughout your attic causing unpleasant odors. If the inhabitants have been there for a length of time, it may be necessary to remove old insulation, clean the area, and install new insulation. Besides mess and odor, squirrels have been known to cause serious damage. They like to chew on all sorts of surfaces – lead piping around plumbing stacks, vents, wires, and of course, wood. They can even chew through and burst PVC plumbing piping, resulting in flooding or water damage. But the biggest danger to your home are wires. A chewed upon and exposed electrical wire is a fire hazard. No one wants their house to burn down because of rodent damage.

Physically Removing Squirrels Is Your Best Bet

Physically removing the squirrels is the best way to rid your home for good. There are many tactics such as mothballs, ammonia, fox or coyote urine, high-pitched sound machines, strobe lights, and more, but they aren’t reliable. Find out where they are coming in and set a trap there to capture the squirrel(s). Once removed, make sure you find and close all entrances so they can’t get back in. Make sure that all roof vents have a heavy steel screen intact, all of the plumbing stacks are screened off (sometimes the pipes are open inside the attic), all of the ridge cap plugs are intact, the gable vents are screened, the soffits are intact, etc. All repairs should be performed with steel and bolts, so that the squirrels can’t chew through them.

How to Deal with Baby Squirrels in Your Attic

One problem you may run into when removing the squirrels is that you may find a mother with babies in her nest. If you’d like to do the humane thing, just wait about eight weeks to remove the squirrels. Babies mature quickly and will be able to survive outside by eight weeks old. The only downside is that you’ll have more squirrels to catch in your traps. Of course, if you don’t want to deal with this yourself, you can always call a professional animal control company. Just make sure you get the entrance(s) fixed or you’ll just be removing more squirrels in a few months.

Related Read: Getting Proper Ventilation for Your Attic

Removing Squirrels in a Nutshell (pun intended)

  • Find the nest in the attic
  • If there are baby squirrels, wait 7-8 weeks
  • Trap the squirrels and remove them
  • Identify and seal all the entrances so they can’t re-enter
  • Find and repair chewed wires
  • Clean the biohazard and remove contaminated insulation
  • Replace any insulation that had to be removed
  • Add more insulation if it has settled low enough to see the floor joists. (According to the Energy Star website, the recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.)

If you need help with attic insulation, call the Kansas City insulation experts at A+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511. Also, download our Free Comparison of Window Replacement vs. Insulation below!

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They Don’t Call Us A+ for Nothing

HPIP LogoAt A+ Insulation, we take excellence seriously. We are members of several insulation industry organizations which help us stay up to date on training, new products, installation methods, etc. We strive to be a topnotch company in the insulation industry. Recently, one of our employees, Chara Miller, passed HPIP’s RESNET EnergySmart Contractor Course, which moved A+ Insulation up from a Gold to a Platinum membership status.

What is HPIP (High Performance Insulation Professionals)?

HPIP supports the growth and expertise of their members who provide high performance, energy efficient insulation systems and related components. It is an organization that is made up of hundreds of the best-trained and most committed insulation contractors across the US and Canada. They advocate for and support only systems that meet Grade-One standards and they invite only contractors who commit to their standards of excellence and professionalism.

What Does Platinum Membership Mean for our Customers?

The Platinum level represents the best of the best members. These members meet all the criteria of Gold members, but also train and certify their crews on an ongoing basis. We are recognized by nonprofit partners RESNET and BPI as the best insulation contractors in the country, and enjoy even deeper discounts and benefits. Platinum members are eligible for leadership positions, and often serve to raise the bar by mentoring up-and-coming new members. We’re invited to represent the Association at industry trade shows and special speaking engagements.

Related Read: A+ Wins Angie’s List Super Service Award

We Are Proud to Be a Platinum Member of HPIP

At A+ Insulation, we are committed to being the best insulation company in the Kansas City area. We know that takes an extra commitment of time and money, but we believe to be the best, we must continue learning and improving constantly. Give us a call if you need insulation services. We think you’ll see, we live up to our name. Call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.