Squirrel Proofing Your Home Guarding Vents and Soffits

Squirrel-Proofing Your Home – Guarding Vents and Soffits

Animals called squirrels are quick and determined, and they are known for getting into homes through the smallest gaps. They like to nest in attics because they are warm and cozy, especially in the winter. Have you ever had squirrels in your attic when you didn’t want them to? They can damage insulation, wires, and your peace and quiet. Vents and soffits need to be guarded if you want to keep squirrels out of your home.

Learning About the Weaknesses:

Vents and soffits let air flow through and ventilate your home. Sadly, they are also great places for rats to get in. This is why they are especially at risk:

  1. Height that can be reached: Soffits are under the eaves of your roof, and squirrels can easily get to them by climbing up the outside walls. Also, vents, especially roof and slope vents, are put in places where squirrels can easily get to them.
  2. Materials That Aren’t Strong: A lot of vents and soffits are made of things that rats can chew through. Rats and mice can damage wood, plastic, and thin aluminium with their sharp teeth.

Cozy Place to Stay:

  1. The warmth and safety that vents and soffits can offer make them irresistible entry places for squirrels.
  2. Keeping Vents Safe:¬†It is very important to keep rats out of vents. Here’s how to keep squirrels out:

Guards for vents:

  1. Set up vent guards or vent covers that are meant to keep squirrels out while still letting air flow. Most of the time, these guards are made of strong materials that squirrels can’t chew through, like heavy-duty steel or aluminium.
  2. Keep vent screens safe: Squirrels can’t get through screens with small mesh sizes that are put over gable and roof vents. Squirrels will try to get through these screens, so they should be firmly attached.
  1. Checkups every so often: Check your vents often for damage or signs of tampering. Animals called squirrels are stubborn, and if they see holes, they will try to make them.

Keeping Soffits Safe:

Soffits are good places for squirrels to get in because no one usually sees them. So that your soffits are safe:

  1. Bars on the soffit: You might want to put up soffit shields, which are solid, chew-proof walls that go over existing soffits. You can get these barriers in a range of colours and materials to match the outside of your house.
  1. Soffits that are stronger: When you replace your soffits, choose materials like metal or solid plastic that are known to last and not get chewed on. Soffits that are reinforced can make it much less likely for squirrels to get in.
  1. Cut back tree limbs: For a way to get to your soffits, squirrels often use tree branches that hang over the edge. Cut back branches to make a space between your house and the trees that makes it harder for squirrels to jump from the trees to your house.

Preventative Steps:

Besides keeping an eye on your vents and soffits, here are some other things you can do to keep squirrels away from your home:

  1. Keep trash cans safe: Squirrels are drawn to places where food is available. To keep people from looting, make sure the lids on your trash cans fit tightly.
  1. Take down the bird feeders: A squirrel’s favourite food is bird feeders. You could move them away from your house or buy bird boxes that squirrels can’t get into.
  1. Cut back the grass: Cut back trees and bushes that are growing near your house to keep your landscaping in good shape. These can be squirrels’ ways to get to your roof and into your home.

As a conclusion:

You can keep these annoying pests out of your attic by squirrel-proofing your home by putting guards over vents and soffits. You can have a squirrel-free and peaceful home if you use the right materials, check on it often, and take some preventative steps. Take action today to protect your vents and soffits so that these smart crawlers don’t ruin your peace.

Squirrel Removal Barrie guarantees complete removal of the squirrels in question and uses safe and humane techniques to rid the property of the squirrels. Our technicians can use a combination of techniques and alternatives when the situation asks for it. We have resolved and excluded countless squirrels throughout the Barrie area and continue to do so with pride.