Nature Friendly Squirrels Removal in Florida
Fast & Accurate A+ Wildlife Control Services In Florida | SQUIRREL REMOVAL
Cute as they are, squirrels are one of the most ubiquitous nuisance animals in the United States. Although squirrels usually live in trees, they can also inhabit attics and garages of houses. They are curious, agile, and great climbers. The results of a squirrel infestation can range from disturbing noises to flea or lice infestations, to a potential fire hazard from chewed off electrical wire insulation. In this post, we’ll examine what attracts squirrels and how to carry out a comprehensive squirrel removal.
Why are There Squirrels on Your Property?
Squirrels are attracted to an eclectic variety of food sources. Although known for their deep love for nuts – hickory nuts, acorns, beechnuts, and walnuts, among others – they are also ravenous seed eaters. Gardens are a perfect spot to satisfy their unquenchable appetite for veggies, ripe nuts, and buds and blooms of flowers.
Furthermore, squirrels are attracted to dry and warm spaces to build their nests. This makes spots like garages and attics attractive. Female squirrels prefer attics because they are a warm, dry, and safe place to raise babies (kits).
Some of the telling signs that you have a squirrel in your house include:
- You hear scampering and jumping sounds in your attic or persistent scratching in wall cavities.
- You see squirrel droppings and footprints around.
- You see damaged entry points and (or) interior damages.
- You smell a pungent odor coming from somewhere in your home.
Squirrel Removal Process
Because of the damage, disturbance, and health risks they cause, it is advisable to prevent squirrels from entering your homes. In situations where they made an abode in your house, it is important to remove them as humanely as possible:
Trapping is the most effective means of squirrel removal. However, squirrel trapping is subject to state law. That is why it is advisable to involve a licensed wildlife removal service to avoid legal issues. Furthermore, they are knowledgeable in squirrel behavior, and so they are adept at identifying the most effective trapping strategy. The steps in trapping include:
- Selecting the right type of trap to use.
- Choosing the perfect spot to place it. This requires mastery and would significantly improve the
chances of success.
- Using the appropriate bait.
- Monitoring the trap frequently and relocate the squirrels once they’ve been caught.
2) Squirrel Repellents
Once squirrels have found a comfortable place to stay with abundant food supply, they are usually reluctant to leave. Several toxins are said to drive away squirrels but the problem is that they, most times, also affect our pets and plants. However, a variety of homemade recipes are known to drive squirrels away. A spray made from the combination of jalapenos, onions, and cayenne pepper, boiled in water is an example of such a recipe. Also, applying grease to the supporting poles of bird feeders will preclude them from getting to seeds
3) Decontamination and Repair
Squirrel feces and urine encourage the growth of mold, which can potentially cause diseases like Salmonella and Leptospirosis. Their remnants can attract insects like cockroaches and the odor might be inviting to other squirrels. Therefore, it is necessary to decontaminate infected spaces.
Furthermore, all damaged structures, including water pipes, electrical wires and insulation, and ceilings, must be repaired to prevent reentry.
Squirrel Removal Process
1) Make your yard less attractive to squirrels:
This involves removing trees and foliage to make the terrain unpalatable to them. Also, cut down tree branches that could serve as bridges to the attic of your house.
2) Seal potential entry points:
Cover chimneys with chimney caps. Never leave your doors open carelessly. Metal flashing can be used as a sealant to prevent squirrels and other animals from chewing through vulnerable spots into your home.
3) Keep squirrels from bird feeders.
This can be achieved by using anti-squirrel feeders or making the feeders inaccessible.