Squirrels, with their fluffy tails and amazing acrobatic skills, are truly entertaining to watch. However, more often than not, homeowners often find themselves less than amused when they discover the damages these critters can inflict on properties. From gnawing on wood to ravaging gardens, squirrels can be more than just a minor nuisance, they become a major pest. A-Tex Pest Management would like to bring to light the damages squirrel can cause and how to control them effectively.
What Does Squirrel Damage Look Like?
• Chewing Damage: Squirrels have sharp, strong teeth that continuously grows throughout the entire life of the squirrel. To keep their teeth in check, squirrels will need to gnaw on various surfaces, including wood siding, decks, outdoor furniture, and even electrical wires, which can pose a fire hazard.
• Garden & Lawn Destruction: Squirrels love to dig. They often bury or search for food in gardens, while ruining plants and lawns in the process. They might also eat your garden produce, especially fruits and tender vegetables.
• Attic Invasion: If squirrels find their way into your attic, they can cause insulation damage, leave behind waste, and create noisy disturbances.
• Vent and Chimney Blockages: Squirrels sometimes build nests in chimneys or vents, which can lead to blockages and associated risks.
What is the Most Effective Squirrel Repellent or Control Method?
• Secure Your Home: Examine your home’s exterior for any openings and seal them. Pay special attention to areas like eaves, vents, and gaps in the siding. Using steel mesh or metal flashing can prevent squirrels from gnawing their way in.
• Trim Trees & Bushes: Since squirrels are excellent jumpers, trimming tree branches that are too close to your home can prevent them from jumping onto your roof and finding a way into your home.
• Use Squirrel-Proof Feeders: If you have bird feeders, switch to squirrel-proof designs to prevent squirrels from accessing the seeds.
• Squirrel Nest Boxes: Provide an alternative nesting site for squirrels, away from your home. You can do this by installing squirrel nest boxes outside your home and property.
• Garden Protection: Use chicken wire or mesh netting around your garden beds. Raised beds with a metal base can also deter digging. There are also non-toxic repellents available that can deter squirrels from snacking on your produce.
• Electronic Repellents: Ultrasonic repellents emit frequencies unpleasant to squirrels and are inaudible to humans. While their effectiveness can be variable, they can be another tool in your squirrel control arsenal.
• Live Squirrel Trapping: If squirrels have already invaded your space, consider using live traps. Ensure you follow local regulations regarding the trapping and relocation of wildlife. And remember, always handle animals with care and respect.
• Consult Pest Professionals: Sometimes the best approach is to seek help from professional pest or wildlife control services. They can offer their experience and solutions tailored to your specific situation.
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Squirrels, while delightful in their natural habitat, can quickly become a problem when they invade on human living spaces. The key to effective squirrel control is a combination of preventive measures and timely interventions. For quality wildlife control services, contact A-Tex Pest Management and schedule our services today.