Before wildlife inhabit an attic, most electrical wires are buried under the insulation. This is because during the construction phase of a home, the electrical wiring in the ceiling is installed prior to the home being insulated. Once the animals have managed to make their way into the attic, their movement on top of the insulation packs it down, revealing the wiring.
Once baby raccoons are around 6 weeks, they will start exploring inside the attic. Although it is not their intent to be destructive, it is a fact that these animals cause damage that often goes undetected. With all their curiosity and activity, they pack down the insulation and chew on any drywall, wood or wiring that they can get their teeth on.
Rodents such as squirrels are habitual chewers, which means their teeth are constantly growing, therefore they must chew to grind down their teeth. When inside your attic, they will chew on almost anything they can get access to including your wires.
I always tell my customers that a first sign that they might have an electrical issue from the wildlife is that a light switch will stop functioning.
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By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.