Keeping Wildlife at Bay

Keeping Wildlife at Bay

Squirrels, with their bushy tails and acrobatic antics, are beloved creatures in the great outdoors. However, when they decide to take up residence in your home, they can quickly become a nuisance, causing damage to property and posing health risks. At TruNorth Pest Control, we understand the importance of keeping wildlife where they belong – outside. 

Understanding Squirrels

  • Squirrels are agile and resourceful rodents known for their ability to climb trees, leap across branches, and scurry along power lines with ease. 
  • While they typically nest in trees or build dreys (nests) in elevated locations, squirrels may seek shelter in attics, crawl spaces, and wall voids when natural nesting sites are scarce or compromised. Once inside, squirrels can cause extensive damage by chewing on electrical wires, insulation, and structural materials.

Identifying Signs of Squirrel Activity 

  • Recognizing the signs of squirrel activity is crucial for early detection and intervention. 
  • Common indicators of squirrel infestations include scratching or scampering noises in the attic or walls, droppings resembling small pellets, gnaw marks on wood or wires, and visible entry points such as gaps in the roofline or vents.

Health Risks Associated with Squirrels

  • In addition to causing property damage, squirrels can pose health risks to humans and pets. Squirrel droppings and urine can contaminate indoor spaces with bacteria and parasites, potentially leading to respiratory infections and other health issues. 
  • Additionally, squirrels may carry ectoparasites such as fleas and ticks, which can transmit diseases to humans and animals.

TruNorth Pest Control’s Tips for Squirrel Prevention

  • Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any gaps or openings that squirrels could use to gain entry. Seal cracks in the foundation, repair damaged roofing, and install mesh screens over vents and chimneys to prevent squirrels from accessing your home.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Squirrels are skilled climbers and can easily access your roof by jumping from overhanging tree branches or climbing up nearby vegetation. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from your home to minimize access points.
  • Secure Outdoor Food Sources: Squirrels are attracted to food sources such as bird feeders, pet food, and garbage bins. Store birdseed and pet food in sealed containers, and use squirrel-proof bird feeders to deter squirrels from raiding your backyard buffet.
  • Remove Attractants: Squirrels are drawn to cluttered and unkempt outdoor spaces where they can find shelter and nesting materials. Keep your yard tidy by removing piles of leaves, branches, and debris that could provide hiding spots for squirrels.
  • Seek Professional Help: If you suspect a squirrel infestation in your home, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company like TruNorth Pest Control. Our trained technicians can safely and humanely remove squirrels from your property and implement preventive measures to keep them from returning.

 

Don’t let squirrels turn your home into their personal playground. With TruNorth Pest Control’s expert guidance and proactive prevention tips, you can safeguard your property against unwanted wildlife intrusions. By taking steps to seal entry points, remove attractants, and maintain a tidy outdoor environment, you can enjoy a squirrel-free home and peace of mind knowing that your living space is protected.