Squirrel Pest Control

Experts say that squirrels in your attic means you will have wire damage. Up to 25% of house fires of “unknown cause” are attributed to roof rats, attic squirrels, norway rats, and mice chewing on wires.

The Latin verb rodere (meaning to gnaw) is the root word that the term “rodent.” Rodents, such as squirrels and rats, have teeth that are continually growing. Therefore, they are constantly gnawing, sometimes on wood and wiring. Experts say that a grey squirrel’s teeth can squirrel-graygrow as much as a half a foot in length each year. So these rodents, like roof rats, attic squirrels, norway rats, and mice, have to chew and gnaw constantly. This keeps their teeth’s length at a workable level. Otherwise their teeth would grow too long – rendering roof rats, attic squirrels, norway rats, and mice unable to eat and thus starve to death. The teeth could actually grow into the animal’s body and cause them harm if they were not worn down.

Of all cataloged animals, rodents make up more than one-third of the known kinds of mammals. Obviously, they are the most abundant mammal in many parts of the world. Most rodents operate in low light conditions – they are nocturnal or crepuscular. However, tree squirrels and ground squirrels are only active in daylight – they are diurnal. Some others may be active in any light conditions.

So, this constant biology-induced need to gnaw causes twenty-five percent of house fires of “unknown cause” which is pointed to rodents, such as roof rats, attic squirrels, norway rats, and mice as the culprits, from chewing on electrical wires. Unfortunately a lack of rat control or squirrel control could lead to your house catching fire any time of the day or night.

The United States Fire Administration says that a house fire occurs every 79 seconds. Residential fires of “unknown cause” number about 50,000 – 60,000 annually. However, officials at the Department of Homeland Security estimate that they may only receive reports from local fire departments on half of the actual number of fires annually. So, the actual number of fires of “unknown cause” annually could be double the 50 to 60 thousand average. As we know that 25% of these fires are attributed to squirrels, rats, and mice chewing on attic wiring, based on government statistics and statements made by government agencies, the number of residential fires caused squirrels, rats, and mice could range from 15,000 to 30,000 fires annually. If you have squirrels, rats, or mice in your house – you probably have dangerous wire damage, also.