CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Let's Discuss Squirrels
Squirrels are mostly seen, climbing bird feeders, eating nuts on deck railings, and running across lawns. But what happens when we hear noises in the attic?
Yes, it’s true, squirrels do love our attics, and once they have made it their home, they can be extremely destructive. They gnaw on wires, tear up insulation and other structures and all while making a lot of disruptive noises.
Outside of our homes they damage trees by chewing the bark. Occasional damage is done to lawns when they search, dig and bury nuts. They sometimes shut out transformers while they travel the power lines. They enter commercial and industrial buildings and gnaw on wires, chew holes and damage siding.
A Bit Of Ohio Squirrel Trivia
Gray squirrels, generally found in Ohio towns and suburbs, are thought to be the most common. But did you know they are not?
The Southern Flying Squirrels are just as common and are all over the place. They are nocturnal and very secretive unless disturbed. They are around; you just do not know it.
Do not worry, they are not aggressive.
Their fur’s color is olive-brown with white underneath, and they are quite a bit smaller than the gray squirrel.
The Southern Flying Squirrel does not fly as one might think. They glide through the air using their flaps of loose skin. Although they fly through the air quickly and with grace, they are not secure when on the ground, where they become prey to snakes, raccoons and other animals.
Many factors need to be considered when performing the necessary squirrel removal, control and prevention services.
But for now, let’s talk about the attic since this is a very common area where they take up residency that becomes a problem for homeowners. Below is a short list of a few steps that are required in order to start.
- First, how are the squirrels entering?
- How long have they been in the attic?
- How many are in the attic?
- What damage have they done to gain entry?
- What damage have they done inside the attic?
Once the issues above are addressed removal can begin. As the entry points have been identified, the next step is to construct one-way exclusion tunnels.
These tunnels allow the squirrels to exit during their regular daily routine, however, when they try to return at night, they will not be able to get back in.
Squirrel Control and Prevention
Now that the one-way exclusion tunnels have been set up so the squirrels cannot return. It is essential to make sure they cannot enter in other ways.
All other possible entry points must be sealed such as holes leading to the house, roof vents, soffits, dormers, roof edges, gable vents, plumbing mats, chimneys and more. And on a final note, keep garbage cans sealed and dispose of regularly.
Do Squirrels Pose A Health Risk?
While squirrels are known for making noises, gnawing on wires, insulation and walls they are not considered much of a health risk.
Squirrels can spread rabies, bubonic plague, squirrel pox, tularemia, leptospirosis, and bacterial and fungal infections however, it is extremely uncommon and rare.
Get in touch with The Critter Detective today to keep your property safe.