A technician was dispatched to Pickering over a complaint that noise was being heard every morning. The technician then decided to do an exterior inspection. An exterior inspection is crucial to locate the main entry point used by a presumed animal. Also the exterior inspection allows the technician to understand the situation in more detail and to come up with a solid plan of action to get the animal out of the space or property permanently. Squirrel exclusions can be very tricky as proven here. The technician inspected every nook and cranny around the perimeter of the roof. While doing so, the technician also looks for vulnerable areas so that they can be recommended to be fixed up or reinforced.
Squirrels are avid nibblers and chewers, and they will use their sharp incisors to take advantage of any kind of weak areas. Seeing that squirrels are rodents, they will need to gnaw on various materials to keep their incisors short. Having squirrels in the property also means extensive property damage and can even pose a fire hazard by chewing different types of electrical wiring. Understanding when squirrels are active in the attic is also important to make sure you are ready and protected.
Initial Measures Taken
The technician eventually found the main entry point after an extensive exterior inspection. The main entry point was found where the roof and soffit met. Squirrels can easily exploit this area and squeeze their way through. The technician then decides to install a clever contraption called the One-Way Door. As the name already implies, the One-Way Door is a tunnel-like contraption. Once the animal in question passes through, the door locks it out. The squirrel is then forced to relocate and leaves the area for good.
The technician attached the One-Way Door right on the main entry point so that the squirrel does not have any other way than to go through the One-Way Door. Before attaching the door, the technician made sure that all the other entry points were sealed. The technician also noted that it takes about a week to 10 days for the squirrel to leave. This is because the squirrel needs to go out to get food and water.
A week later, the homeowner let the technician know that the noise stopped. The technician went back and removed the One-Way Door and eventually seals the entry-point with galvanized steel mesh. This material is strong enough to withstand any wildlife animal attack.
Conclusion With a Tail
In very rare instances, squirrels do not give up the fight and return. A few days later, the technician got to know that the squirrel re-entered the property, this time from a new part of the home. The technician decides to re-do the exterior inspection, removal, and exclusion. To his surprise, the squirrel takes to take a peek itself which resulted in a cute photo opp! Fortunately, we did not hear anything back. The technician goes back days later, inspects for squirrel presence, and seals the new entry point. The case was successfully closed!