How to Handle a Squirrel Infestation

Squirrel infestation is quite common, especially in towns and cities that have had large scale deforestation and the green cover has vanished or is about to be oblivious. When the natural homes of squirrels are snatched away, they would look for alternatives. This leads them to your homes. Besides, homes have plenty of food items for squirrels to gorge on and ideal places which can make for the perfect home and breeding ground for these rodents.

The Threat of Squirrels

Squirrels may look like harmless rodents but they can create a huge mess. They can carry a plethora of diseases, viruses, bacteria and fungi along with them and put the health of your entire family at risk. Squirrels also damage property and can lead to a very undesirable ambiance in your home.

How to Deal with a Squirrel Infestation

To handle a squirrel infestation, the very first thing you must do is prevent further outbreak of the infestation. You can do this by plugging all the loopholes in your property. Squirrels usually build their habitats in the attic, in the basement, crawlspace, vacant or unused areas of your property which are relatively warm or have materials that squirrels love to pull down and play with. Insulating materials, hay, weeds and other waste materials lying unattended and piled up can be a huge invite for squirrels. Also, you need to look for your chimney openings, any cracks or any openings that squirrels may use for entry and exit to and from your property. You must address these factors to prevent further infestation.

Once you have plugged the entry and exit points and are not providing any food or roaming space to the squirrels, it is time to hit them at their breeding grounds. You must find their homes. If you cannot, then hire a professional. You need to trap and get rid of squirrels. You cannot possible get all your squirrels killed with poison. Besides, you can always have a dead squirrel somewhere in your house, in a place where you cannot reach and the decaying body would spread a very undesirable smell in your home.

Reaching Out to Professionals

Professionals have various equipment and strategies to trap and kill squirrels. They may also trap and take the squirrels away. It is best to trust experts than to try and experiment. Once you have all your squirrels removed, you must take precautionary measures to prevent a recurrence of the mess. You can have the professionals inspect your home and advice accordingly.
Posted on Mar 21, 2014


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