Gainesville's Helpful Guide To Squirrel Control
November 13, 2020
If you're like most people in the area, squirrels are a common sight around your Gainesville, GA, home. Unlike a snake or a rat that makes you stop in your tracks, most homeowners don’t think twice if they see a squirrel. Many people enjoy watching them chase each other around trees and leap from branch to branch. Some people even feed them to keep them around their home. While they can be cute with their fuzzy tails and beady eyes, if not professionally managed, squirrels can be a major headache for homeowners.
The Issues With Squirrels
A squirrel infestation brings a number of issues for homeowners. The first is the danger that squirrels pose to people in the house. While squirrels will naturally avoid confrontation with humans, they will bite if they are cornered. If you are bitten by a squirrel, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. While the transmission of rabies from a squirrel is rare, it and other diseases like tetanus are always a concern if you are bitten by a wild animal. Squirrels are also known to carry Lyme disease and ringworm.
Aside from the potential for diseases they bring, squirrels can cause damage to your home and property. Squirrels are rodents, and like all rodents, they have teeth that continually grow, so they gnaw and chew to keep them ground down. Around your property, squirrels have been found to chew through phone and electrical wires, as well as destroy bird feeders to access the seed inside.
When squirrels get inside, the real trouble begins. Squirrels will chew through the siding and damage your insulation. If they can access parts of your home such as the HVAC system, squirrels can cause major damage by eating through the wiring and components, causing it to need in-depth repairs or even replacement.
How To Keep Squirrels Out
Squirrel removal is a job best left to pest control professionals, but as a homeowner, you can take some simple steps to prevent an infestation from occurring:
- Seal possible entry points into your home, including cracks around doors and windows and small openings in your siding or foundation.
- Use screen vents to cover openings in your chimney.
- Keep trees cut 6 to 8 feet from your home so squirrels can’t jump from limb to roof.
- Use airtight containers for food storage.
- Take out garbage regularly.
- Protect gardens by wrapping them with mesh or wire fencing.
By following these basic steps, you can prevent your home from becoming the center of a squirrel infestation.
Signs Of An Infestation
Even if you do everything you can to keep squirrels out, you should keep an eye out for signs of an infestation in your home. These signs include:
- Finding urine or feces around your home.
- Hearing scurrying noises in your walls, attic, or on indoor or outdoor wiring.
- The presence of gnaw marks or oily streaks on your baseboards.
- Discovering signs of a nest, like shredded paper, string, or other materials squirrels use for nesting.
- Strange behavior from your pets, including barking or clawing at certain areas of the home.
Talk To The Pros
If you see signs of squirrels in your home, call the trained professionals at Alternative Pest Control immediately. Many homeowners have tried to handle a squirrel infestation on their own through baits and poisons, and they end up with dead squirrels in their walls, causing their home to stink. Our pest control technicians will start by safely capturing and removing the animals that are already living in your home. After the animals are removed, we will help you develop a comprehensive plan to keep your home and family safe from squirrels in the future.