Squirrels are most often seen in trees and scurrying around the yard. Outdoors, they generally pose no harm to humans and are actually beneficial to have in the area. However, sometimes squirrels will attempt to take up residence in your home, causing significant damage and becoming a nuisance. It can be difficult to remove squirrels from your home, so it’s best to contact an experienced pest control professional to assess the situation.
How Can a Squirrel Damage the Home?
Most often, squirrels end up in attics where it is warm, dry, and quiet. A mother squirrel may have her young in the safety of an attic, or squirrels may seek shelter from the cold or rain there. Squirrels can also get into a home’s crawl spaces, or even in the walls. They’ll see a small opening in a home and chew until it becomes larger and they are able to fit through it, damaging both the exterior and interior of a home.
Squirrels rarely carry rabies and they’re more afraid of humans than humans are of them. This animal would rather scurry away than attack, however, it is important to be vigilant around any wild animal that has even the slightest possibility of carrying rabies.
One of the main concerns with squirrels is the noise they make when they nest, especially if they get caught in a small area and can’t get out, such as inside the wall. You may hear squeaking, scratching, and rattling. Additionally, squirrels can create a fire hazard in your home when they bring in nesting material from the outside like twigs, dry grass, and leaves.
When squirrels take up residence in your home, they will naturally urinate and defecate in the areas they are nesting in and throughout the house. Not only can this create an unpleasant odor, it can also spread diseases. If you’ve had squirrels living in your attic or in another area of your home, it’s important to remove the squirrels and decontaminate the area.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
Squirrels are small and fast creatures and as a result, they can be difficult to trap. Special traps, like repeater traps, can be used to catch the squirrels and allow them to be humanely and effectively removed. Squirrel repellents can also be used, but it is important to never use rat poison in an attempt to kill the squirrels. Squirrels almost never eat rat poison, and your pets or children could come into contact with the poison.
At Freedom Pest Control, we take a multi-level approach to removing squirrels. We will evaluate your home and determine the best way to remove the squirrels safely. We will also assist you in making changes to your home to prevent squirrels from getting back in, such as sealing up cracks and other entrances from the outside.
When squirrels get into your home and become a nuisance, you can trust Freedom Pest Control to get the job done.
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