How to Keep Squirrels From Building Nests in Your House Gutters

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Squirrel nests in your gutters can cause serious damage to your house. Gutters will clog, and they may become too heavy and rip off. Squirrels living in your gutters also have better access to your roof and your attic. Luckily, you can effectively prevent squirrels from building their nests in your gutters -- thereby preventing hassle and expense for yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Drain pipe screen
  • Gutter cover
  • Trim tree branches away from your gutters and roofline so squirrels have a more difficult time accessing gutters. Do not attempt to do the trimming yourself if there are power lines nearby. Call a tree-trimming service for assistance.

  • Cover the bottom of all downspouts with screen so that squirrels cannot climb into the pipe and access the gutters. Home improvement stores sell downspout screens that slip onto the end of the pipe. Another option is to attach each downspout to an underground pipe that drains the water away from the house.

  • Install a gutter cover so squirrels cannot access the gutters. There are several different brands and services. Home improvement stores sell gutter covers that snap on, which you can install yourself. There are also many companies that will install gutter covers for you. In addition to keeping out squirrels, gutter covers keep your gutters from getting clogged by leaves and other debris.

Tips & Warnings

  • If squirrels have already built a nest in your gutters, use a squirrel trap to remove the animal before attempting to remove the nest. Call a pest control specialist to help.
  • Use caution around squirrels; they bite and can carry rabies.

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References

  • "Solving Squirrel Problems: How to Keep This Ubiquitous Pest Out of Home and Garden"; Monte Burch; 2003
  • Photo Credit Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Getty Images
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