What are squirrels?
Squirrels are common rodents that many individuals have encountered at some point in their lives. They have bushy tails, more slender bodies, and large dark eyes. There are many different species of squirrels around today, though one of the most common is the gray squirrel. The fur of the gray squirrel will range between light and dark gray or even brownish-gray.
Like most other rodents, squirrels have a constantly growing pair of front teeth that they need to keep in check. They do this by gnawing on many of the items they come across. Squirrels are also notable for their behavior of scavenging nuts and seeds and hiding them around our outdoor areas.
Are squirrels dangerous?
Though many people might think that squirrels are cute and merely harmless creatures playing on their property, these critters are a major nuisance if they invade interior areas or hide around outdoor spaces in large numbers.
Squirrels are destructive due to their constant need to chew. As they invade interior areas like attics, the spaces between walls, roofs, and storage areas, they sometimes gnaw through electrical wires, utility pipes, and stored items.
Squirrels are also unhygienic to host around your property, and infestations increase your chances of contracting tularemia, typhus, or even ringworm. They also contribute to flea and tick infestations. Squirrel control is the best way to avoid these dangers.
Why do I have a squirrel problem?
Squirrels are attracted to properties that provide plenty of food to eat, excess water to drink from, and sheltered spaces to nest. If you notice squirrels becoming a problem on your property, you should evaluate interior and outdoor areas for factors that might attract nuisance squirrels.
Where will I find squirrels?
Squirrels tend to hide in the cavities of trees, in dens in the ground, or in a type of nest called a "drey" made from collecting brush and other organic materials. If they invade interior spaces, squirrels commonly go to attics, around roofs, or in the voids in walls.
How do I get rid of squirrels?
If you're having trouble controlling squirrels, skip the DIY methods and reach out to Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control instead. Our expert team will help identify your squirrel problem areas and provide you with squirrel removal solutions to defeat an invasion of these destructive critters.
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How can I prevent squirrels in the future?
Understanding squirrel behaviors and knowing how to prevent these pests is the best way to get rid of squirrels around your property.
In addition to pest control for squirrels, put our expert prevention tips in place to prevent future invasions.
- Squirrel-proof bird feeders and clean up any bird food that falls to the ground to prevent hungry squirrels from scavenging in these areas.
- Keep outdoor areas clear of fallen nuts or seeds, as these are a major attractant to squirrels.
- Clear away piles of brush and debris from outdoor spaces and cut back overgrown foliage to reduce squirrel harborage areas.
- Seal cracks in roof tiles, place screens around vented areas leading into attics, and patch holes around your property to stop squirrels from moving indoors.
- Plant strong-smelling plants such as peppermint and spicy peppers around your property, as the smell will deter curious squirrel invaders.
Contact Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control at the first sign of squirrels invading your property to benefit from the best squirrel pest control possible.