While squirrels are cute, they can wreak havoc with your aluminum gutters. They're very adept at gaining access to your roof and gutters, and when they really try, they can squeeze through a tiny hole in your roof and end up nesting in your attic.
If squirrels are setting up shop in your aluminum gutters, you may hear squealing and scratch sounds. Before they damage your gutters, you'll need to take action. It is important to note that while the following interventions may help discourage squirrels from getting into your gutters, you may need to consider a type of seamless aluminum gutter that is specially made to keep squirrels and other rodents away.
Trim Back Your Tree Branches
Tree branches act like bridges for squirrels and provide them with direct access to your gutters and roof. To discourage squirrels from hopping from your tree to your gutters, trim back the branches and limbs from your trees far enough away from the structure of your home so that even a healthy jump won't result in them landing in your gutters.
If you see a lot of squirrels milling about your property, or if you hear squirrels chattering away near your home, chances are they are already enjoying the hospitality of your gutters. Trees also make it easy for squirrels to access your eaves, soffits, chimney, and fascia. If you don't feel confident trimming your own tree branches, make an appointment with a tree trimming service or arborist, who will carefully and safely trim back your trees without compromising their growth patterns or health.
Repellents And Decoys
Bitter apple spray, a popular dog-training spray, can be used in your gutters to repel squirrels. You'll need to experiment with the effectiveness of it, however, because even though rodents are not attracted to it, certain squirrels may actually like the scent and taste of bitter apple.
Other sensory repellents include cayenne pepper, which has a strong smell and taste. Although squirrels might be curious to find out more about the pepper and may even take a little lick, it won't hurt them.
Conversely, mothballs, another popular squirrel repellent used by some people, are toxic and may sicken the animal if the product is ingested. Owl decoys might also discourage squirrels from advancing toward your gutters. You'll have to relocate the decoys frequently because eventually, squirrels will catch on and realize that a decoy is simply a decoy and not a threat.
If squirrels get into your gutters despite your best efforts, consider investing in gutter toppers. They are wire enclosures that prevent leaves, debris, and animals from getting into your gutters. Also, if squirrels have already chewed through your gutters, make an appointment with an installation professional for a quote.