Squirrels are probably the most common wildlife that humans come in contact with on a daily basis. Think about it, they’re often found gallivanting in our yards, playing hide and seek with our pets, burying acorns all over the place only to later forget where they put them, and even during their busy schedule, they still find the time to squeeze in a quick game of “Chicken” with us while we’re on our way to work in the morning. Squirrels are like our outdoor pets. Keyword being, outdoor! As cute and quirky as squirrels can be, they can wreak havoc on our homes if and when they decide to move-in. Frequently enough, squirrels will move inside in search of a safe haven to nest, rest and raise their young. Of course squirrels mean no harm to us by moving in but little do they know that their normal daily habits can cause major damage to our attics and / or other places they decide to reside. Did you know that a squirrel’s teeth never stop growing? This is one of the main reasons that they cause so much damage. A squirrel must constantly file its teeth down in order for them to maintain their normal shape. Squirrels will chew on anything in a home such as electrical wiring, vents, wood trim, fascia and even water pipes. These annoying gnawing habits are dangerous and can cause house fires and floods and in return cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. If the flooding and house fires aren’t enough to scare you, another fun present squirrels will leave behind are their massive amounts of feces and urine. There’s nothing like coming home to an offensive stench of who knows what and not knowing where it’s coming from. (Thanks Mr. Squirrel!) Not to mention that these little guys carry fleas and ticks which means they can also spread diseases such as lime disease and rabies. If you think a squirrel has taken up residence in your home, the best thing to do is to be proactive and to call a professional immediately. Not only will a licensed wildlife professional safely remove the animal and its young, they will also perform a proper exclusion to prevent any other wildlife from entering into your home in the future.