Although squirrels are cute and cuddly looking, they can cause various problems, such as transmitting diseases.
To raise their young in the best conditions they try to find warmth, shelter, and food. Your home will often be the best place for this, and wood and electrical cables will be gnawed through if necessary to gain entry.
Squirrels can quickly become a nuisance once they establish residence in your property because they can get into lofts and roof voids. Furthermore, they can cause damage to the roof insulation and structural timbers because of the noise they generate.
They can carry diseases that humans may contract, including rabies (which is extremely rare).
How can squirrels be prevented from invading?
It is common for squirrels to enter houses through the roof, so pay attention to how close trees are to your home. If you have trees within 8-10 feet of your house, prune the branches. A tree that is too close to the roof would make it impossible for squirrels to jump from it to the roof.
It is a good idea to get rid of bird feeders since they attract squirrels as well as birds.
You may be able to spot entry points in your attic if you look from the inside. To keep squirrels from entering your attic in the first place, you may also want to use squirrel repellents.
Are squirrels considered a pest for this reason?
Once they have made their way inside, they breed and multiply. The more holes they chew through walls and roofs, the greater damage they cause to homes and businesses. When squirrels set up their nests, they are hard to get rid of because of their territorial nature.