Squirrels pose a unique threat to homeowners and businesses. It is our wildlife professionals' responsibility to handle squirrels that are intent on invading and damaging homes and buildings. Oftentimes squirrels want to use your home as shelter. While cute, squirrels can cause significant damage to your residence inside and outside, even though they are cute. Nests will be made from insulation and nuts and seeds will be brought in, as well as parasites like fleas and diseases like leptospirosis.
It appears that squirrels are harmless, but when they enter a house, they can cause all sorts of trouble. They can give birth to two or three litters of four to six babies per year, and each child lives for approximately 12 years. The chances of harboring just one or two of these pesky mammals are not high, as squirrels tend to be social beings that often live in groups. That means a lone squirrel can quickly become 10 or 12 in no time. It doesn't take long for squirrels to overtake your home once they have set up house there. Attics tend to attract squirrels due to their easy access and comfortable living conditions, but these critters are also commonly found living in walls, chimneys, and other warm, quiet spaces. They like to chew on electrical wires and cause other types of damage.
In contrast to other rodents, squirrels tend to be more active during the day, scurrying about during regular daylight hours. They are also more active in the fall as they begin to look for a suitable winter home.
Keeping the yard mowed and areas around sheds and under the house clear and free of debris will prevent squirrels from finding their way into bushes, trees, and plants that love quiet, secluded, warm places. It is common for squirrels to enter through small holes in order to nest, so sealing them will prevent them from entering. Nuts and fruit trees are attractive to squirrels, especially if food is left on the ground. Attic and roof access is easier due to large trees close to the house. Squirrels and other rodents are attracted to your house by food and water sources such as bird feeders, pet food bowls, human food, as well as unsealed pantry foods like bread, cereals, and grains.
We consider these to be “Condusive Conditions” which includes; leaving dog food out, bird feaders, water sources, etc. Growth on the roof, mess around the base of the home can hide animal traces trying to enter the home.
To prevent squirrel infestations, you can remove bird feeders and add deterrents. But sometimes, squirrels just aren't deterred by food and toys.
As well as damaging your house, squirrels can also be dangerous to your health. Squirrels carry diseases that are often fatal to humans. The biggest danger is the fire hazard that comes with squirrels chewing through, and damaging wiring in your home. They are also a threat to your pets.
When pets come into contact with squirrel waste, they can contract salmonellosis or leptospirosis, two bacterial infections that can cause serious illness.
The squirrel infestation can lead to Lyme disease if infected ticks are brought in. If bitten by a squirrel, you will also be at risk of contracting rabies. Finally, some squirrels carry a rare disease called Tularemia that can be transmitted. Upon contracting the disease, the lungs, eyes, and skin can be damaged.
Humans have a tendency to want to feed them and cuddle as if they’re a cat. This is known as “imprinting” the wildlife or conditioning them to expect humans to feed them.
Professional squirrel removal services can provide several benefits. First, they can save you money. The Wildlife Exclusion process can be expensive upfront but end up saving you money in the long run. Exclusion services cost less than new duct work and A/C systems, attic insulation damage, roof damage etc. The list of expenses that may come with squirrel damage can be long and ongoing. There are many unforeseen cost that come with potential squirrel damage.
Their are several other benefits with hiring a reputable squirrel removal company. First, professionals are trained to safely remove animals from homes and businesses. They can also guarantee squirrels will not return and re-invade your home using wildlife exclusion protections.
If you choose to hire a squirrel removal service, here are tips to remember:
All Pest Solutions offers professional squirrel removal services to homeowners who want to rid themselves of these pests. We remove squirrels humanely and safely, ensuring no harm is done to the animal. Our technicians are trained to handle wild animals, making us the safest option for squirrel removal. We also provide free estimates and pricing for our services, so you know all of your costs up-front.
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