Avoid Squirrels this Fall◀ Back To Blog
September 29, 2014
In many parts of the county, especially here in the northeast squirrels are the most common form of backyard wildlife. Unfortunately, just like other forms of wildlife, squirrels can cause damage to homes and can become pests in urban and suburban environments. Having a simple understanding of their behavior and taking precautionary to prevent squirrels will make it possible to enjoy squirrels in their environment, not yours.
Squirrels are rodents, but more closely related to groundhogs and chipmunks than rats or mice. The most common squirrel is the Eastern Gray Squirrel which ranges across the entire eastern half of the United States. Another common species is the Red Squirrel and Flying Squirrel.
Squirrels naturally nest in tree cavities or in nests constructed of twigs and sticks lined with leaves, grass and feathers. In autumn, young squirrels leave their mothers territory to strike out in their own in search of a suitable place to build a nest. During this search, a squirrel may travel 50 miles or more in search of a better habitat. In urban and suburban neighborhoods some squirrels may be attracted to the quiet, warm spaces inside attics, it can cause substantial damage. Squirrels only need a holes the size of a baseball to squeeze in a cavity. Squirrels can chew through electrical, cable and telephone wires causing short circuits or even fires. In the process of creating their nest, squirrels may tunnel through and disturb attic insulation reduce the energy efficiency of a home. Squirrels will use attics as a latrine, soiling insulation, stored goods and created unsanitary conditions.
Make your home less hospitable to squirrels:
- Keep rain gutters clear to avoid water damage to fascia boards. Water damaged wood is easy for squirrels to gnaw through.
- Keep attic vents screened.
- Refrain from feeding squirrels close to house.
If you suspect that a squirrel has invaded your home, contact a wildlife professional. Although squirrels rarely bite and are not considered an important carrier of rabies, never try to handle or capture a squirrel yourself. A professional wildlife removal specialists will remove squirrels according to state laws and protecting your health, home and property from the destruction squirrels can cause. Contact your Albany wildlife removal company for a free inspection to get rid of squirrels!
Source: National Pest Management Fall Pest Gazette