squirrel in leaves during autumn

Squirrels are busy little animals, especially during the autumn season. They're also a bit pesky, knocking out your power and building nests in attics. Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to protect your home from the damage caused by these bushy-tailed, bustling rodents. At Critter Guard, we offer a number of solutions to keep squirrels off utility poles and power lines in your area.

Why Do I See So Many Squirrels During Fall?

Squirrels are among the few wild animals that are diurnal, meaning that they are out and about in the daytime. We see them bouncing from branch to branch all day long, and they seem to be especially active during autumn.

These little critters are most active in autumn because they are gathering food for the long winter ahead. They're also looking for places to store their stash - you'll often see them digging holes in the ground for storage. In addition to holes in the ground, squirrels will find a number of other places to store their food for the winter, including your attic.

Can Squirrels Damage My Home?

Squirrels will enter homes and buildings to find storage spots and warm places to build nests in the winter. Unfortunately, they sometimes get in by chewing through siding or vents, or by using power lines, utility poles, or trees to gain access to your roof. Other times they'll build nests in areas like unscreened chimneys.

Once squirrels make their way inside, they can cause further damage. They can cause a fire hazard by chewing through electrical wires and even cause power outages when they run along the lines outside or knock down wires by jumping on them.

How Can I Protect My Home from Squirrel Damage?

There are several ways you can protect your home from squirrel damage, including keeping tree branches trim, so they are at least six feet away from your house. It will be harder for the squirrels to jump onto the roof if they don't have a branch extending close enough. Chimneys, vents, and other openings should be covered with a mesh screen, which will eliminate the opportunity for squirrels to build nests in them.

To protect power in your area and prevent squirrels from accessing your roof and attic, power lines, transformers, and utility poles can be protected with Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems. Our humane wildlife control products make it nearly impossible for squirrels to run across the lines, preventing power outages and keeping them from using the lines to enter your home. To learn more about our products and how they can help protect your home and power, contact us today!