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Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year

Updated on July 26, 2011
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Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year

Amazingly, Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year, causing millions of dollars in damage and has even caused power outages in cities! With summer soon ending and the cooler weather approaching, now is the time to safeguard your family and your house.

The Grey Squirrel is notorious for their destructive chewing behavior and is found in most back yards around the country and is known to invade houses. With their large gnawing incisors they easily can chew large holes through wood, and anything insight is considered a chewing toy to them, including electrical wires!



Where To Find The Squirrels

Squirrels are most often found in attics , but can also be found within the cavities in your walls, they make great nesting places for expecting mothers and is a great place to keep warm in the winter. Squirrels access your home through un-repaired existing holes, damaged wood is easily chewed through, as well as gable vents, soffit screens and fascia board. Squirrels are excellent climbers but often chose attics that are based on convenience, example: a tree adjacent to the house and they like to keep near their normal home range. The popular choice of entry is any place where an eave meets up against a roof portion of the house, where the roofline meets the fascia, under eaves and in chimneys too. So your first step in securing your house is making sure those area’s are sealed properly and all damaged wood replaced. Keep in mind squirrels are capable of squeezing through small spaces!

If a squirrel invades your home, most likely you will be able to hear them chewing and scurrying about since they weigh about 2 pounds. They are most active during the day and many home owners claim that they have been able to witness the fury creature entering in and out of the home. If you do find you have a squirrel invasion, immediate removal is a must. I would suggest calling a professional, however it is possible for a homeowner to catch and trap the squirrel themselves .

For Do It Yourself Removal:

I would highly suggest you checking out the article,.. Squirrel Control Techniques http://www.doityourself.com/stry/squirrels


Squirrel Tid Bits

Helpful Tip,…

* Don’t entice squirrels to your yard by offering tasty treats! Squirrels eats nuts and seeds, so keep your bird feeders out of their reach. The also will feed on cat and dog food, plant bulbs, bird egg’s, tomatoes and fruit.

Did You Know,….

* A squirrel shut down part of the New York Stock Exchange twice because it chewed the electric wires!

Squirrel Breaking News,….

Squirrels May Offer Clues to Preserving Organs http://www.renalandurologynews.com/squirrels-may-offer-clues-to-preserving-organs/article/208379/


In Closing,..

Luckily I have never had to remove a squirrel out of my house,.. But there’s always that chance,.. So if you have encountered and conquered a squirrel problem please share your story in the comment section,… you might just help someone out!



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      Bullseye 

      7 years ago

      I trapped 3 before they figured out the trap was a trap. Had 4 living in two different sections of my home. Being a 160 year old home, they keep finding/chewing a new way in. I'm tired of the damage & danger not knowing if they will start a fire chewing up old knob & tube wiring. I have a 2 & 4 year old. So I simply got a pellet rifle. I know I'm a terrible person. But seeing how I've gotten over 30 of those bastards, & yet still see them outside every day tells me there are a few too many.

      My advise is shoot them. Bring the fight to them, & shoot them. They are a rodent & do not breed seasonally. They infest.

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      Rob Winters 

      7 years ago

      Super Picture (Was still smiling by the time i'd read the entire hub).Never knew they could be so troublesome and potentially dangerous in their activities.Good Advice - Voted Up, Funny (For the Pic), Useful and interesting :)

    • DuchessDuCaffeine profile image

      DuchessDuCaffeine 

      7 years ago from United States of America

      I love the little stinkers! Even if they end up burning my house down (or running up my pants leg) I just couldn't stay mad at them for very long. This was a very informative article AND the picture was great! I voted up :)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Great picture!

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