Aww… they are so adorable, until they invade your home and become a nuisance. Squirrels may seem cute but should they visit your home as a good nesting site, they could become real fleas. If this wasn’t enough to make you wary, they also transmit diseases.
Why are they Pests?
Why are squirrels a bother? Here is why:
Squirrel’s need room to nest, so a cozy section within an air vent is a excellent area to start their family. Any wiring that hinders them is chewed off. These bare wires can easily trigger fires, which might not be detected until it’s too late. These rodents can also walk on power lines to get into your house, damaging those lines in the procedure.
Squirrels frequently dig up lawns while trying to find nuts. Your veggie garden or fruit tree will not be spared either. They will eat any planted bulb and will not hold back from feasting on planted seeds.
Squirrels are also known to sneak into homes and feast on whatever smells appealing. A hungry squirrel’s sharp teeth can quickly rip through a plastic jar of maple syrup or nuts, particularly if there is a family to be fed.
How Can you Get Rid of Squirrels
If you are like most animal fans, you wouldn’t want to use inhumane tactics, including rat poison or pesticide to eliminate these rodents. Fortunately, you can get them out of your house in a humane way if you –
· Discover their Hiding Spots
First, learn how they were able to enter your house. Check for just about any visible entry points. Remember, the holes might not be as large as you may think. Any opening in the attic may be an entrance point. Search for other possible entry points as well. Once you have found them all, seal them shut with wooden planks or cement.
Make certain that the pests are from their hiding place before you try to search for their nests. Squirrels generally leave to forage at mid-morning on sunny days.
· Live Traps
Live traps make humane pest control seem simple. Live traps can be set up in areas that you suspect that the pests are concealing. The trap should close when the pest steps on the metal plate on the inside. You may check the trap the following day. If it has managed to catch one of those squirrels, take it into the nearest forested area and set it free.
Also, ensure the sort of bait you are using from the trap is one they like. The bait should be hung from their reach; otherwise they will just grab it through the sides and be on their merry way.
Nevertheless, using live traps may not be the best solution if the squirrel causing the problem has babies to feed. According to the Humane Society of the United States, crazy squirrel babies normally die of starvation when their mother was relocated or trapped.
What about the Squirrel’s Babies?
Of course, you can’t always determine whether the squirrel you captured had a family. Consequently, if you happen to locate the nest, it’s best to try to get them out of there yourself.
The babies are very delicate so it is best to call an expert to eliminate them. Be sure that you employ someone that’s experienced in evicting squirrels and use humane methods to get the job done.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with a squirrel knows that, behind that furry façade, there is an opportunistic pest.
Every small chitter that a squirrel makes is part of a larger scheme to make you think they are benign, but steal from the bird feeder when your back is turned. Putting up a fence around your garden may appear to be a good idea but that will not be successful if they find a way to go over that fence.
That, though does not mean squirrels deserve a dreadful demise. There are humane and very simple tricks you may utilize to make sure that these rodents never trespass on your premises.