Squirrels

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Squirrels

Squirrels are probably one of the most common species of wildlife the average city dweller runs into (outside of pigeons). Most of the time, they are running around lawns, trees and bushes and around wooded areas. They are famous for grabbing acorns and nuts and hiding them in the ground as well as running up trees and across electrical wires, rooftops and other areas.

For the most part, squirrels are generally not a nuisance, but the act they live in such close proximity to homes and other buildings which means they can sometimes get inside walls, attics, basements and other areas. It's then that squirrels can become a destructive nuisance and may require contacting a squirrel exterminator.

If you have a problem with squirrels in your home or business, contact your local Western Exterminator office to set up a property inspection and a method of squirrel removal and prevention.

Where do squirrels live?

Squirrels usually live in trees. They build very large nests high in the trees to give birth, hide food and raise their young. The nests are made from leaves and other debris, but they run up and down trees on a constant search for food. During certain parts of the year, they hide food in trees, bury it in yards and find other places to hide food so they can get to it during the winter months.

Squirrels live all across North America. They are highly adaptive and live in warmer climates and climates where there is severe winter, snow and cold. They are also found in all corners of the world, except for Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. They survive in rural areas but also adapt well to urban areas.

Are squirrels dangerous?

In general, squirrels just want to be left alone, so they are not usually dangerous. They are sometimes a nuisance, however. Plus, if cornered or sick, squirrels will bite to fight their way out of a situation. Finally, their tendency to gnaw on objects can also be a problem.

Squirrels can be a problem due to:

  • Home damage - In their attempt to find warm places to nest and hide food, squirrels will pry up damaged roof tiles, gnaw their way into siding to get between walls and will get into attics and basements to build nests. This can create damage to homes and other structures if left unchecked.
  • Fire hazards - squirrels will also chew on various items. Like rats and mice, they will chew on wires and cables and this action can leave wires exposed. This wire exposure can be a serious fire hazard.
  • Biting and noise - One of the first signs of squirrels in the walls or inside your home is the sound you might hear of scampering feet between walls or in the attic. Plus, if you try to corner a squirrel, capture a squirrel or handle a squirrel, it is more likely to bite in order to get away.
  • Digging up lawns - Squirrels hide their food and they do so in trees and spaces and holes already in existence. But, they will also find a spot they like and dig up holes all over lawns, gardens and other vegetation to hide acorns and other food.
  • Tree destruction - Some species of squirrels also strip bark off of trees and ornamental plants.

Get rid of squirrels

Western Exterminator wildlife specialists know how to find where squirrels are getting inside and where they are hiding in your home or building. Western Exterminator squirrel experts will use methods that will get rid of squirrels from basements, attics, between walls or anywhere they are hiding and trying to nest.

In addition to being squirrel exterminators, we are experts in squirrel prevention, too. Once we get rid of the squirrel infestation inside your home, we will work with you to find what the rodents are using as access points to offer advice about preventing squirrels from getting in again.

Contact your local squirrel exterminator by reaching out to your local Western Exterminator office and setting up an initial appointment and discuss squirrel extermination and prevention solutions.