Aww… they are so adorable, until they invade your home and become a nuisance. Squirrels may appear cute but if they see your home as a good nesting site, they could become real pests. 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:
· They cause structural Damage
Squirrel’s need space to nest, so a cozy section in an air vent is a great area to start their family. Any wiring that hinders them is chewed off. These bare wires can easily trigger fires, which may not be detected until it is too late. These rodents can also walk on power lines to get into your house, damaging those lines in the process.
· They Destroy Plants
Squirrels frequently dig up lawns while searching for 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 houses and feast on anything that smells appealing. A hungry squirrel’s sharp teeth can easily rip through a plastic jar of maple syrup or nuts, especially 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 get rid of these rodents. Luckily, you can get them out of your house in a humane manner if you –
· Discover their Hiding Spots
First, find out how they were able to enter your house. Check for just about any visible entry points. Remember, the holes may not be as big as you may think. Any opening in the attic might be an entrance point. Search for other potential entry points as well. Once you have found them all, seal them shut with wooden boards or cement.
Ensure that the pests are out of 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 management seem simple. Live traps can be set up in areas that you suspect the pests are hiding. The trap should close when the pest steps on the metal plate on the inside. You can check the trap the following day. If it has managed to capture one of the squirrels, take it to the nearest forested area and set it free.
Also, ensure the type of bait you use in the trap is one they like. Squirrels love peanuts or peanut butter, walnuts, pieces of apple and bread crusts. The bait should be hung out of their reach; otherwise they’ll just grab it through the sides and be on their merry way.
Nevertheless, using live traps might not be the best solution if the squirrel causing the problem has babies to feed. According to the Humane Society of the United States, wild squirrel babies normally die of starvation when their mother has been relocated or trapped.
What about the Squirrel’s Babies?
Of course, you can’t always determine whether the squirrel you caught had a family. Abandoning the litter is inhumane. Therefore, if you happen to locate the nest, it is best to try and get them out of there yourself.
The babies are very delicate so it is best to call an expert to remove them. Make sure that you employ someone that is experienced in evicting squirrels and use humane methods to get the job done.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with a squirrel understands that, behind that furry façade, there lies an opportunistic pest. They love to chomp on seeds, wires and will even uproot your prized petunias for fun.
Every little chitter that a squirrel makes is part of a larger scheme to make you think they are harmless, but steal from the bird feeder when your back is turned. Putting up a fence around your garden might seem to be a good idea but that will not be effective 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 easy tricks you may utilize to make sure that these rodents never trespass on your premises.