When pests invade, the evidence and resulting problems can be overwhelming. Squirrels, although cute and cuddly to look at, are not ideal house guests. They often make themselves comfortable in attics and crawl spaces, entering through seemingly impossible holes. Droppings, rustling noises, smells, chewed wires or insulation, and other signs can alert you to your squirrel infestation. Once you know there is a problem, acting quickly is your best bet. Read on to learn about squirrel removal, why you shouldn’t attempt it on your own, and what you can do to prevent future problems.
What Squirrel Removal Looks Like
There are different means of removing squirrels from homes, and most of them involve some kind of contact with the squirrel. Whether you trap them, evict them (essentially allow them to exit but not reenter your home), frighten them, set traps for them, install repellents, or use some other form of removal, you run the risk of encountering your furry housemate.
Since your safety and the well-being of your home and family should be your top priority, it is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with wildlife. Handling traps, equipment, and wildlife should be left to the trained and experienced professionals, especially since the right tools and the right protection are needed for the job.
Any wild animal can carry diseases, and in the case of squirrels, you need to be cautious around their droppings. Salmonella, Leptospirosis, and other bacteria can be found in squirrel droppings, so you should always be cautious in a home with a squirrel infestation.
Getting the Job Done Right
In addition to the safety and health-related consequences that can come from attempting your own squirrel removal, you also run the risk of not doing the job properly. If entrances are not sealed tightly enough, not all the squirrels are removed, traps are not set correctly, and the job is not done effectively and thoroughly, your squirrel problem will continue to worsen with time. Wire damage from chewing, ripped up insulation and sheetrock, and other damage can be common with squirrels, since they can chew through just about everything but metal.
Prevention Going Forward
The best way to prevent squirrels from entering or reentering your home is to make sure all the entrances are sealed. Check for holes, even ones that seem too small for squirrels to pass through, and seal any openings you may find. If they cannot easily slip in, then your problem will be solved before it ever starts.