How Squirrels Can Cause Serious Damage To Your Home

Dec 29, 2020 | Animal Removal, Exclusion, General

Squirrels Cause House Fires

Squirrels cause hundreds and hundreds of house fires each year. Even though not all of them can be tracked directly to squirrels, squirrels are slightly suspected, in many cases, the droppings are there. If you have squirrels living in your attic or near your home, you could be at risk of a house fire. Let our Atlanta squirrel removal professionals inform you of exactly how this happens.

Squirrels Gnawing On Wiring

a chewed up wire

One of the most unthinkable common causes of house fires that result from squirrel activity is damaged wiring harnesses. Squirrels don’t have anything against wiring specifically, however they like to gnaw on things in general. Their continuous growing of the front teeth needs to be shaved down constantly in order to keep a manageable length. a squirrelOr they can die of starvation. A squirrel that has taken up shop in your attic, will be spending a lot of time there. And therefore will be gnawing on whatever it can sink its teeth into. As we take care of squirrel damage, we often find chew marks on the rafters, wood, air ducts, shingles, gutters, and wiring too! At times we find dead squirrels that got electrocuted as they chewed on a live wire. Their entrails are subsequently blown out. Not a great site.


If wildlife or squirrels build a nest in a small space next to an electrical appliance or inside a vent, it could pack its nesting material tight and could cause overwhelming heat. An overheated appliance may break and sometimes may cause a fire. In recent cases, squirrels have built a nest inside a stink fan of an upstairs bathroom. The squirrels nesting material caught fire due to the overheated appliance. Thankfully, the emergency services responded quickly and the fire was put out.


So if you have a squirrel problem. Book your inspection today! Because squirrels are a fire hazard.