How Squirrels Can Wreak Havoc in an Empty Home

How Squirrels Can Wreak Havoc in an Empty Home

There are any number of things that could go wrong in your home, when you’re not around to care for it.  Pipes leak, hot water heaters break and there’s always the chance that your roof will sustain damage during a storm.

These are all the types of things tend to worry about when they’re gone for an extended period of time. What people don’t realize, is that squirrels can also do their fair share of damage.

If these four-legged critters decide to make your home, their home, you could find yourself with an enormous problem on your hands when you finally return to Florida.

What you might be looking at

Squirrels love to tear up insulation—and if you have an insulated attic, they may wind up shredding the insulation to pieces. There’s also the matter of your duct work; HVAC experts can tell you that ductwork will often sustain significant damage during a squirrel infestation.

Depending on how long the problem goes unchecked, you may return to your home to find it’s developed an unpleasant odor. The longer these unwanted tenants stay, the more damage you’ll have to deal with.

Will my homeowner’s insurance cover the damage?

The best answer to this question is “maybe,” because each policy is underwritten a little bit differently from the next. However, we have heard stories about people who have returned to homes that have been vacant for several months, where the insurance companies have rejected the claims because the damage was cumulative—and not addressed immediately.

How a home watch service can help

Your home is likely among your most valuable assets, so it’s best to make sure it’s protected when you’re not around to look after it yourself. This is where a home watch service comes in. When you work with a local, reputable, licensed company you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that a trained professional is monitoring your house or condo.

The service will make sure that restaurant flyers and junk mail are cleared from your porch (so that there are no obvious outdoor signs that the home is unoccupied), water plants, coordinate with contractors as needed, and they’ll contact you immediately if they discover a problem.

If they notice that squirrels (or other types of rodents) have decided to move in, you’ll be able to contact an exterminator ASAP, because you’ll know about the problem right away.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of hiring a home watch service, call us today to learn more.