Squirrels, rats causing problems for homes as they look for ways to stay warm

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 20:48:45-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's squirrel mating season.

Okay, that may not mean much to you on face, but it is important. That's because this is the time of year they will be trying to get into your home to find a warm place to nest.

As a result, crews are extremely busy removing them from crawlspaces under home. Jay Lee with Pest Entry Management says he has been slammed, taking down destroyed wood and putting up wiring to trap or force out a squirrel.

Then, he will repair some homes with metal lining underneath new treated wood to keep it from happening again.

"You just want to block them in, or block them out," Lee said. "Vinyl siding, a lot of times it's fallen down they could just get in there, gain access, create a nest, have babies, have fun."

Workers were able to seal up holes with wiring. They also replaced bad spots with metal panels and new wood. If it's really bad, homeowners can get their own trapping license to set up cages around problem spots.

"It's just soft wood, the gutters probably leaking a little bit, which has softened the wood underneath, which makes it real easy for squirrels, possums, and anything else to chew right through," Lee said. "It's winter time, it's their breeding season or their nesting season, they're just trying to hide out for the winter time. They want inside our warm houses where there's plenty of food."

The best thing you can do? Make sure tree branches aren't jumping distance away. Buying other animal's pheromones might deter squirrels too.

Lee and his crews worked for hours to make the windows squirrel proof. If you have a major critter problem, you can reach Jay Lee at 615-968-1679.