Guide to Avoiding Squirrel Damage To Your Lawrenceville Home
December 1, 2020
At first glance, squirrels do not seem that bad. They run around in parks, play with one another, and quite frankly look adorable. There is very little about these bushy-tailed, nut hoarders that scream pest, that is until you have to deal with them around your property. If you have ever had or are having trouble with squirrels destroying your property, we have something that should help.
Here is our comprehensive guide to avoiding squirrel damage around your Lawrenceville home.
What Are Squirrels?
This doesn’t seem like a question that needs answering, but you would be surprised how much you Don’t know about squirrels. For one, did you know that squirrels are rodents and have sharp, strong front teeth that never stop growing? They keep these teeth at a reasonable length, mostly by eating nuts.
Squirrels are also hyper-intelligent and have been seen pretending to hide nuts to throw off potential thieves. Sometimes squirrels are helpful because they don’t always dig up the nuts they bury; this results in a new crop of trees. Finally, and why we are here today, squirrels are destructive and problematic around our properties.
How Squirrels Destroy Properties
Squirrels are only concerned about themselves and will not think twice about destroying something if it is in their best interest. One example of this is with gardens. When looking for places to bury their nuts, squirrels will often dig up flowers and other garden plants. Sometimes they will just eat your garden itself, consuming fruits, veggies, and even certain flowers like tulips.
Gardens aren’t the only thing squirrels destroy; they will also damage homes when trying to invade during the winter months. Squirrels will break into attics through preexisting damage to a home’s exterior or through an entry point they made themselves in order to escape the cold. Once inside, squirrels tear up insulation, rip up boxes of stored books and newspaper, and ruin anything else they can make a quick nest out of.
To top things off, squirrels fill spaces they are living in with excrement and urine. These waste products sometimes contain dangerous diseases that are harmful to humans.
Prevention Tips For Squirrels
Before squirrels start causing trouble on your property, take action now, and put in place some preventative measures. Here are a few great tips our experts suggest you try:
- Install a fence around your garden and yard.
- Remove bird feeders from your yard or invest in ones that are squirrel proof.
- Do not feed squirrels on your property.
- Pick up fruit and berries that drop onto your yard.
- Rake your yard regularly during the fall months.
- Repair damage to your home’s siding, shingles, and roofline.
- Keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
- Install metal screens over vents and utility ports leading out of your house.
- Seal gaps and cracks in your exterior foundation using a caulking gun and some steel wool.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
- Plant some flowers squirrels hate, such as snowdrops, allium, or hyacinth.
When To Get A Professional Involved For Your Squirrel Problems
If squirrels start causing trouble around your Lawrenceville, GA property this winter, let the experts at Alternative Pest Control know about it. We will send one of our highly trained pest control technicians your way ASAP. They will put measures in place to quickly remove squirrels from your property and incorporate some measures to ensure they stay away through the colder months.