Why Squirrels in Your House are Dangerous?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The presence of squirrels in your attic can mean anything from small wire damage, to electrical surge or even fire. The government estimates that there are about 60,000 residential fires of "unknown cause" each year in the US. About 25% of the fires are attributed to squirrels, mice and roof rats chewing on the wiring. If you have rodents, such as squirrels, in your attic - you most likely have some wire damage.

Rodent comes from ORDER RODENTIA (from the Latin word rodere, "to gnaw"). The front teeth of an average squirrel grow about 6 inches in length each year. Because of it they constantly need to gnaw and chew to keep their teeth short enough to be able to eat. Otherwise their teeth would grow too long and they would starve.

Bottom line - Squirrels do an enormous amount of wire damage. The longer you have squirrels in your house - the more wire damage they will cause. Call AtOnce Wildlife Solutions at 443-562-9509 as soon as possible if you suspect that squirrels (or other rodents) moved into your attic.

Tip: It's is a myth that placing moth balls in the attic will help you get rid of the squirrels. Using Moth Balls in the attic is illegal in all 50 States because it is toxic to both humans and house pets. Most moth balls are made from naphthalene (EPA has classified naphthalene as a Group C, possible human carcinogen.) The gas emitted from moth balls is heavier than air and will seep from your attic into the living areas. Rodents like mice and squirrels will get used to the smell of moth balls, and will not be affected. Humans and pets, however, can suffer health conditions.

AtOnce Wildlife Solutions is Baltimore based Wildlife Trapping and Removal company. We specialize in animal control, trapping wild animals, nuisance removal and pest control. For more information about us, please visit www.baltimoreanimalcontrolservices.com.