As humans continue expanding into natural areas, animals like squirrels are forced to abandon trees and look for alternate means of lodging. Limited habitat combined with colder weather causes squirrels to seek out shelter in suburban garages and attics. Unfortunately these pests are not very polite about inviting themselves inside, often chewing through siding or digging from below to get to indoors. Here’s what you need to know before your squirrel problem gets out of control.
How do you know if you have a problem?
Check for signs of damage in and around your home, keeping an eye out for any evidence of gnawing or digging. Closely inspect baseboards and corners of doors to see if they’re being used as an entrance for squirrels. If you don’t see any signs of squirrels, make sure to also keep your ears open for any sounds of squirrels scurrying around.
Other than being noisy neighbors, what’s wrong with having squirrels?
As squirrels scratch and claw their way into your home, it is likely that they will cause mild damage to exterior and interior insulation. This damage may make your home more vulnerable to other pests. Like almost all wild animals, squirrels pose a risk of carrying diseases, such as rabies, inside your home. Avoid contact with these animals as much as possible.
Is there anything you can do to prevent squirrels in the first place?
Take a walk around the exterior of your home or garage and look for any visible holes, cracks, or openings that could be used as an entrance for squirrels. Seal off any entrances. It’s smart to trim tree limbs that are close to your house as squirrels will use these to jump easily to your roof. Remove or safeguard any bird feeders around your home to avoid attracting hungry and nosey squirrels.
Think you have a squirrel problem? What should you do?
Remain calm. Most squirrels are protected species, therefore it’s best to let experts determine the best way to help rid you of your problem. Pest management professionals like Mick’s will use everything from trapping to repellents to make sure that your new tenants leave the premises and have no desire to come back.
At Mick’s Exterminating, we know how to take care of pests of all shapes and sizes. No matter what you might discover living in your home, we know the best way to take care of them. For more information on how we can help, call (636) 978-5700.