What To Do When Squirrels Become Pests

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels

When we run across a squirrel scurrying up a tree in our front yard, we don’t often think of them as a pest. They’re cute, aren’t they? What harm could they really cause?

While it may be true that squirrels can be adorable, they can also become a major problem in and around your home. Squirrels are relentless creatures, and they’re known to cause the same sorts of problems as other rodents, including mice and rats. Squirrels will build nests in your home, chew through wires and cables, dig through and tear up your insulation, and even put holes in your walls. They’re active all year-round, meaning that they can cause these issues at any time of year.


Given that squirrels can cause serious damage, it’s important to take the necessary steps to get rid of them once they become a pest. How do you do that? Find out below.


Locate the Problem

When squirrels first become a problem, you might notice chewed up cables outside of your home -- maybe you have issues with your television or internet, or you experience power loss. Or, you might find small holes in wood or other soft materials, particularly in basement and attic areas.

If you see the signs of a squirrel infestation but aren’t sure where they’re making their nest, the first thing you’ll need to do is locate the source of the problem. Once you find where they’re hiding, you can take action.

Removing their nest can be helpful as a step towards eliminating your squirrel problem. However, there’s no way to know if you’ve found and eliminated every squirrel nest. Plus, squirrels can simply build another nest and set up residence again.

For this reason, trapping the squirrels and releasing them far from your home is often the best way to go. However, doing this is easier said than done. More often than not, the best thing to do is to contact a professional and let them take care of the situation.


Call a Professional

While it’s certainly possible to trap and eliminate squirrels on your own, it’s often best to leave this to the professionals.

A professional home pest control company will have the knowledge and experience necessary to assess your squirrel infestation and take the right steps to deal with the problem. This often involves trapping and disposing of the animals. Squirrels can bite when cornered, making attempting to trap and release them yourself a potential hazard.


Clear Out the Clutter

Squirrels need loose materials to make their nests, along with a warm, safe place to build them. The more clutter and loose materials you have around the outside of your home (or in your attic or basement), the more likely you are to have a squirrel or rodent problem.

If you want to control rodents and squirrels in and around your home, clearing out as much clutter as possible will help. The less materials they have available for nest building, the less likely they are to take up residence in your basement, attic, or garage. Remember, squirrels are happy to chew through important cables and wiring -- they’ll even chew holes right through your walls! Preventing squirrels from building nests in the first place is therefore vital. 


Assess the Damage

When you’re dealing with a squirrel infestation, it’s important to assess just how bad the infestation actually is. Are you dealing with a couple of animals, or dozens? Rodents reproduce quickly and in large numbers. What seems like a small infestation can quickly turn into a serious one. By assessing the damage, you’ll know what sort of action you should take. This is where the help of a knowledgeable professional is vital. 


Take Preventative Measures

Once you actually eliminate your existing squirrel problem, you’ll need to take additional steps to prevent it from simply recurring. Simply getting rid of the squirrels currently nesting in or around your home won’t prevent others from taking their place.

As mentioned above, getting rid of clutter in and around your house is important. Additionally, there are other preventative measures that a home pest control company can take to ensure that squirrels don’t come back.


Contact Home Pest Control

If you’re dealing with a squirrel infestation, don’t go it alone. Home Pest Control uses safe, proven, and highly effective means for getting rid of squirrels once and for all. We can also take the necessary steps to ensure that you don’t end up with another squirrel infestation in the future. Ready to get started? Call us today!

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November 15, 2018

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