In Missouri, there are many creatures that can become a nuisance. Raccoons knock over your trash cans. Foxes raid your chicken coop. Skunks stink up the place. And a host of others dig up your lawn and get into your attic. But on the top of the list of repeat offenders you'll find the lovable squirrel. Yeah. Lovable. Right.
Squirrels are rodents. That means their defining characteristic is that they need to chew on things to wear down their ever-growing incisors. And chew they do. This is a creature that can gnaw its way through just about anything. But if you have wire mesh protecting your home from squirrels, you may want to make sure it is a heavy gauge. This little bugger is a chewing machine. If it can get a bite, it can do quite a bit of damage to just about anything, making it a hard pest to keep out. This chewing behavior also makes it a threat inside a home. Squirrels have been linked to electrical and telephone outages and even house fires.
Unfortunately, the danger squirrels pose doesn't end there. Like all wildlife, squirrels don't usually enter your home alone. They can carry parasites such as ticks, fleas, and mites. If you're worried about tick-related diseases, protecting your home from squirrels should be top on your list of defenses.
Being wild animals, squirrels also pose a threat with their urine and feces. Scavenger animals, like the squirrels, can pick up harmful bacteria from dumpsters, trash cans, sewage culverts and decomposing animals.
When protecting your home from squirrel invasion it is important to have a complete understanding of this pest. If you don't understand what entry points squirrels prefer or underestimate their ability to chew their way in, you can plan on being frustrated by this clever creature. If you don't understand the intense fear squirrels have of being trapped, you may find yourself in a dangerous or property-damaging situation. If you are unclear how to properly dispose of their feces and clean infected areas, you could leave your family vulnerable to sickness. Pest control specialists like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions employ experts who know how to safely remove wildlife and deal with the residual dangers involved. Don't attempt to control squirrels on your own. Trust the professionals.