What do they look like?
Squirrels typically have a bushy tail. and common U.S. species are around 40 to 50 cm.
By simply watching a squirrel, one sees a free-spirited daredevil. They playfully scamper across the ground, fearlessly leap from tree branch to tree branch, and masterfully run along power lines without a misstep. Squirrels seem to live a fairly carefree lifestyle, but they can create a number of problems for humans.
Squirrels are adept climbers that scale houses and trees on the lookout for predators or nesting sites. If they find a way inside, these curious pests will enter a house seeking food, warmth, and safety. Common squirrel entry points include damaged vent screens and uncapped chimneys. If tree limbs are growing over houses, squirrels are likely to use these overhanging limbs to move onto the house roof and then inside the attic.
Outside, squirrels tear up gardens, eat growing vegetables, and dig holes to store nuts for later use. The pests also chew on utility wires and even gnaw through wooden walls to access homes and outbuildings.
Once squirrels enter a home, they often build nests in attics or wall voids. A squirrel that wanders inside may panic and run around erratically, causing property damage or making so much noise during the night that occupants have trouble getting a good nights sleep. In addition, the pests can spread diseases like ringworm and carry fleas, mites, and other parasites. If you have problems with squirrels, contact your Orkin office and ask them about using non-lethal methods of squirrel exclusion.
Removal & Exclusion ServicesSquirrels can be a challenge to control. Its advised that a professional be contacted to handle the situation.
The Orkin Man is trained to help manage squirrels and wildlife. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.
Keeping squirrels out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. Orkins exclusive A.I.M. solution is a continuing cycle of three critical steps Assess, Implement and Monitor.
The Orkin Man can provide the right solution to keep wildlife in their placeout of your home, or business.
For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact a local Orkin branch office near you.
Aside from seeing the squirrels, signs include their gnaw damage, such as for food and nesting sites, as well as daytime sounds of their activity, such as in attics.
The most commonly encountered species of tree squirrels are the following:
Where do they nest?Tree squirrels generally nest within trees in wooded areas. As humans expand into natural areas, squirrels are forced to look for alternate means of lodging, including entering buildings. The most frequently invaded areas are garages and attics. Squirrels reach these areas by chewing holes in the exterior of the structure and typically nest, store food or both. Their activity is usually noisy and heard by anyone in close proximity.
When are they active?Tree squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours. They spend this time in search of or storing food.
What do they eat?A squirrels usual diet consists of fruit, bark, nuts, seeds, buds, leaves, bulbs and insects. If immediate nourishment isnt needed, it will store the food in a cache for winter keeping. Flying squirrels, by exception, are primarily active at night.
Ground squirrels typically do not climb into trees and can cause damage to crops, ornamentals and gardens. These can be trapped and relocated or controlled by rodenticides where permitted.
Most young are born during two periods of the year early spring and late summer. Tree squirrels generally bear two litters per year, while flying squirrels tend to give birth only once annually. Litters vary in count between three and eight, depending on the species.
What can you do to prevent squirrel problems?
Proper prevention is important since whatever is done will prevent damage and possibly avoid health-related problems related to the presence of squirrels.
Inspect for the signs of squirrels.
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