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Squirrel Removal – How to Get Rid of Squirrels
House squirrels can be a problem and a nuisance because they cause issues when they become overpopulated in your home and yard. Despite how “cute” they are, squirrels themselves can be quite mean, attacking your children and pets unnecessarily because they are territorial. Some squirrels have been known to not only attack people and pets, but they have also been known to throw things as well, from acorns, to rocks, and even pieces of sticks. Aside from this, squirrel removal is no easy task.
Is that All They Do?
The quick answer is no. The detailed answer to this is that a lot of times, squirrels are attracted to things like bird seed and grains, so they will bombard and take control of things such as your bird feeding systems. Not only this, but they can actually cause damage to your trees when they inhabit them and build tunnels and nests inside of them. Squirrels have also been known to get inside of places such as your attic, and most importantly, your house. By attacking your pet or children, squirrels can also carry rabies, a very serious and deadly disease.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
In the past, getting rid of squirrels used to be warded off using things such as moth balls, and chemicals. Moth balls are a very harmful toxin, and thus the EPA has put out regulations that state that makes using pesticides like this illegal.
You can get wire traps, and live rodent traps to trap squirrels. If you have a problem with the pesky animals jumping from your trees to your rooftops frequently, you can easily place live traps near gutters of your home and anchor them. Use things such as squirrel food, grains, and bait to entice the squirrels into your live traps. But be very careful to use baits that won’t trap other animals. If you have a large number of squirrels, you can use fruits, tree nuts, and even peanut butter (you may get a mouse or two trapped as well though, just a word of caution).
Check your live traps at least twice daily, because the last thing you don’t want is a dead squirrel sitting on top of your house which can rot and really cause a stink. If you have caught the animal you can release it to your yard, but if you have an infestation, you may want to take it elsewhere, releasing it to a public park, national wildlife area, or just out into the wild.
One common practice is to fill holes that squirrels have been using as a home to force them to go elsewhere. When doing this, be sure that there isn’t an animal inside, otherwise you may have more problems than anything because an adult squirrel is trying to get to their babies.
House squirrels aren’t generally a big problem, but there are some cases where they can be more of a nuisance than others. If you continue to have a problem with squirrel removal, then you can always call a pest control specialist to help assist you in getting rid of these pesky rodents.