Our colleague, Russell, blogged the other day about the ugliness and danger of mold in your house. Today’s post is a completely different animal. An adorable animal, granted, but the danger to your house is real. That animal is the squirrel.
I know, you’re probably asking yourself, what could a cute little furball like Rocky the Flying Squirrel do to my house? Plenty, and none of it is good. Especially at this time of year, because squirrel moms are about to give birth—to anywhere from 2 to 15 babies, depending on the breed—and are looking for somewhere to do it. That somewhere might be your attic, crawlspace, or garage.
Obviously, squirrels don’t knock on your front door, like Mary and Joseph at the inn, asking for a room in which to give birth to Jesus. They’re not that polite. They gnaw holes through eaves, fascia boards, cornices, trim, really anything that isn’t metal. Squirrels do this primarily to trim their teeth, which continue growing throughout their lives, to the proper length. Once they’ve created a hole and find a warm enclosure away from weather on the other side, they are there to stay (until you forcibly evict them).