Are you experiencing problems caused by tree squirrels? If you are, you know how much stress and anxiety they can cause for you as a home or property owner. Tree squirrels live throughout the country and are one of the most common varieties of squirrel. Their name gives them away since they are commonly found in trees.
Trees squirrels are generally reddish brown, yellow, or gray with a lighter underbelly. They are distinguishable by their long, bushy tail. These squirrels eat things like insects, seeds, nuts, fruit, and tree bark. Gathering food supplies is their specialty, as they forage for food and store it away for the winter months in their special hiding place. They can be found in the early mornings and afternoons leaping from one tree to another, but use other items, as well, to get from place to place. They may even jump house to house or use utility poles and wires. They nest inside trees if they can, but some will sneak into sheltered buildings when the weather gets colder in the fall and end up nesting in sheds, garages, chimneys, attics, and crawl spaces. They can reproduce fairly quickly since they are able to mate when they are about one year old. The gestational period is only around 44 days and they birth about 3-4 babies for each litter.
It is so important to contact a professional pest control technician if you suspect squirrels have moved into your home. Tree squirrels can be extremely dangerous to your home and family. They can spread disease by contaminating your food sources and diseases can be carried around on their paws and bodies and in urine and feces. They can also cause serious damage to your home by chewing pipes, insulation, drywall, flooring, ceiling tiles, and much more. The extensive damage can be costly and a chewed electrical wire can cause a devastating fire. You should be aware that tree squirrels, as cute as they are, can get very aggressive if they feel threatened or alarmed. Rabies could be a concern if you are scratched or bitten.
The main reasons a tree squirrel will want to get into your home is for the food, shelter, water, and warmth. You could be inviting squirrels into your home by keeping things they like in close proximity to your home. Things like bird feeders, gardens, piles of compost, wood, brush, and junk. Tree branches may be too close to your home, allowing tree squirrels the ability to have easy access to an open gap in the exterior of your home. The worst thing you could do is leave out food or trash for them - they will love you and want to live with you forever.
In a nutshell, if you have squirrels, you need to call Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. We can come take a look, remove the squirrels, and help you to keep them out safely and effectively.