Harmful Charactertistics Of Squirrels

Why are squirrels such a problem?

Here's Why:

Although squirrels look harmless, they will attack by biting and scratching if provoked or attacked.  Squirrels are just as unpredictable as any other rodent. An attack can come out of nowhere, when you least expect it.  With these attacks can come rabies. Squirrels are vectors for the rabies disease. As you may already know, rabies is very dangerous to humans and their pets.  Squirrels also carry ticks which can cause Lyme disease. Their droppings can carry salmonella.

If harming your person is not bad enough, squirrels can also do damage to your home and personal property.  Squirrels can get in your house, attic and your home’s walls. Their urine and droppings will leave a terrible smell.  If in your walls, squirrels can chew through wires and insulation which can cause a fire in your home. These types of damages are costly and very dangerous.  Structural damage is tough to notice since you can’t see in your walls. It is critical to have a professional come out to inspect for squirrels and any possible damage to your home.  We here at Pest Proof Pest Management are here to help.

How To Take Action Against Squirrels

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This Is How To Deal With Squirrels

They may seem easy to deal with, but squirrels movements are quick and erratic.  It is not safe to try and remove squirrels on your own, as they may attack you once threatened.  You do not want to put yourself at risk especially if you do not have the proper equipment and expertise to deal with squirrels and their removal.  Squirrels need to be handled by professionals. Even if you find a young squirrel that fell from a tree, it is recommended you call an expert to come to take care of it.  Our company takes all necessary precautions to remove squirrels and their nests from within and around your home. We know you may be concerned about how the squirrel's removal will subside, please rest assured that our company goes out of its way to remove these rodents, the most humane way possible.

Useful Information About Squirrels

Squirrels are small rodents, and from the same family as the prairie dog and chipmunk.  Squirrels are native to the Americas, Eurasia and Africa. Squirrels have large eyes, hence have an excellent sense of vision.  Most squirrels also have a heightened sense of touch due to the long hairs on their limbs and head. These hairs deliver vibrations to their brain allowing them to sense objects before they touch them.

A squirrel can live in almost any environment, from tropical rainforests to some deserts.  Squirrels avoid polar regions and deserts. They prefer to live in trees, although some squirrels do create tunnels underground to live.  For long winters, squirrels will use what are called dens, and for warmer seasons they will use drays. A dray nest's construction can be between branches of a tree.  A den's location is inside of a tree. Both consist of dry leaves, twigs and grass.

Squirrels are mostly herbivores, feeding on seeds and nuts.  Some squirrels will also eat insects and small vertebrates. Their teeth are typical of a rodent, two large incisors for gnawing and cheek teeth for chewing.  Adult squirrels have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years in the wild. A squirrel in captivity can live up to 20 years. If you are having issues with squirrels around your home, contact a professional right away.  The deaths of squirrels usually come by the attacks of predators, hunters and the accidental fall from a tree. Squirrels’ young are born naked, blind and toothless. The mother alone will look after her young until they are ready to venture out on their own; this takes about 6 to 10 weeks.  If baby squirrels fall from a tree and die, the mother will abandon the baby where it lays. They will leave their young if their body temperature is not correct.

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How To Identify Squirrels

Squirrels are small animals.  They have silky fur and bushy tails.  As mentioned above they have large eyes which help them see very well.  Their limbs have claws that allow them to climb and grasp trees. Squirrels range in color depending on species.  Their colors can be black, gray, reddish, tan or orange. They have large teeth in the front of their mouths that they use to gnaw.  A squirrel’s hind limbs are longer than their forelimbs. The squirrel’s hind legs help the squirrel leap. Squirrels spend most of their time foraging for food.

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