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Squirrels

Aside from birds, squirrels are the most common animal in the backyards of America so it’s no surprise when these nuisance animals make their home within yours.

Many species of squirrels live in most or all of the United States. Naturally, squirrels prefer wooded areas with lots of trees where food is plentiful. Squirrels will nest in tree cavities, or make a nest out of leaves, twigs, bark or corn husks.

But often, squirrels move into human territory. Squirrels will burrow under sheds, homes, businesses, porches, decks, crawlspaces and woodpiles and create a home. They will enter foundation openings to get to these spots or create a squirrel hole in the foundation themselves. Squirrels will fit into chimneys, roofing vents and soffit areas to have their young.

As humans build their homes and businesses closer and closer to natural squirrel habitat, the squirrels will take up residence in man made living spaces. These locations are warm and often surrounded by food sources for both male and female squirrels, young and old. Female squirrels, in particular, enjoy the safety of human areas. They must protect their babies from predators.

Attics, chimneys and crawlspaces are hot spots in your home where squirrels seek shelter. Some mothers go so far as to tuck their babies down into chimneys, wall cavities and attic insulation. Squirrels have even been known to live in dryer vents. If a male squirrel enters your home when a female squirrel is already living there, you will surely hear the sounds of mating or fighting, or both.

Once squirrels get cozy in your attic or walls, they can make a mess and cause a lot of damage that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. They will also return year after year, using your attic as a home base — they have no problem living alongside humans. The hole squirrels use as entry will become a great place for leaks to form and a passageway for other animals, including other rodents, honeybees and insects.

Squirrels are generally nice creatures, though they have become quite accustomed to and unafraid of humans. There have been many cases of squirrels biting humans. This commonly happens when humans try to feed squirrels by hand. This is not a good idea. Squirrels don’t usually pay attention to what they are eating or biting, since they are always on the lookout for predators.

Most people think squirrels are cute and harmless, but they are almost exactly similar to rats. Squirrels climb, chew, crawl and contaminate. Squirrels can store many pounds of nuts in an attic and cause a ceiling to cave in.

Squirrel noises in the house or business can be very irritating and loud. During mating season male squirrels will chase females, and the chattering and scampering can be downright obtrusive.

If a squirrel should choose to die in or under your home or business, the dead-squirrel odor will emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea.

After determining the whereabouts of the squirrel den, our specialists will remove the nesting and sanitize the surrounding areas.  Similar to other infestations, the removal of squirrels sometimes can take up to four or five days as they take longer to leave.  To ensure that the squirrels evacuate your home, specialized one-way doors are installed throughout the house so that the animals can leave but not return.  Once the squirrels are eradicated from your home, our specialists will seal potential entry points to eliminate future intrusions.

For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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