Squirrel Control & Treatment
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What are squirrels?
Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae and are indigenous to North and South America, Eurasia, and Africa.
They average around 15-20 inches in length, but their size varies depending on the species of squirrel. Although they usually won’t turn down any type of snack, a squirrel’s diet commonly consists of seeds, acorns, nuts, fruits, vegetables, live bark, and pine cones.
What types of squirrels are there?
There are over 200 species of squirrels around the world! However, the most common types of squirrels include:
Eastern Gray Squirrel
- Adult body length (without tail): 8 to 10 inches.
- Adult body weight: 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 pounds
Eastern Fox Squirrel
- Adult body length (without tail): 10 to 15 inches
- Adult body weight:1 2/3 to 2 1/3 pounds
Red (Pine) Squirrel
- Adult body length (without tail): 6 to 8 inches
- Adult body weight: 5 to 10 ounces
Southern Flying Squirrel
- Adult body length (without tail): 5 to 6 inches
- Adult body weight: 1 1/3 to 3 ounces
What kind of damage do squirrels cause?
Squirrels become a nuisance when they gnaw into attics or use buildings for nesting sites and food storage. They may also move into spaces between walls and floors. They often gain access through vents, broken windows, knotholes, and construction gaps under eaves and gables. Unfortunately, these pests have the remarkable ability to destroy wooden shakes and shingles.
Tree squirrels are fond of burying food items such as acorns and nuts; their diggings can be very destructive to turf and other landscaped areas. Utility companies report that tree squirrels often cause loss of electrical and telephone service by gnawing into cables and stripping insulation.
Typical tree squirrel damage includes droppings, gnawed holes, nest materials, food stores, shells, nut hulls, fruit pits, and other food remnants. In yards, squirrels will dig up vegetable and flower gardens, primarily for seeds and bulbs.
How to keep squirrels away
The best way to keep squirrels out of your yard is with help from a professional wildlife control company like Varment Guard. However, in the meantime, follow these tips on how to prevent squirrels from wreaking havoc on your yard and home:
- Pruning. Cut tree branches at least 6 feet from all building surfaces. Removing tree limbs that overhang your roof will sometimes eliminate access by squirrels.
- Refrain From Feeding. Feeding squirrels and coaxing them to approach dwellings and people is a sure way to encourage nesting in nearby trees of the dwelling itself.
- Plant Flowers Squirrels Don’t Like. To prevent squirrels, plant daffodils, snowdrops, allium, or hyacinth.
- Keep Your Yard Clean. Rake your yard regularly to remove any fallen fruit, nuts, or seeds. Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
How does Varment Guard provide pest control for squirrels?
Varment Guard’s experienced technicians know how to get rid of ground squirrels and tree squirrels. We offer pest control squirrels don’t have a chance against:
Live TrappingFor nuisance squirrels, live trapping is the method of choice. Learn more about our live squirrel trapping services.
Squirrel ExclusionExclusion is the most permanent solution to squirrels getting into your home or business. Learn more about our squirrel exclusion services.
PruningTo keep squirrels from accessing your home, the experts at Varment Guard offer pruning services. Learn more about our Tree Pruning Services.
Our expert team can manage treatment for squirrels and humanely keep all pesky wildlife away from your yard and home.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Are Squirrels Pests?
Sure, squirrels can be cute… but they can also wreak havoc on your yard and home. Squirrels can sneak into your space looking for food, warmth and water. Once they’re in or around your home, they’ll build nests, gnaw on cables, and cause structural damage. Learn more about these little critters!
What Do Squirrels Eat?
Squirrels are opportunistic foragers. They eat a wide variety of flowers, weeds, shrubs, roots, fungi, nuts, seeds, and fruit. Though they’re primarily considered herbivores, they’ll occasionally hunt small insects and invertebrates. Read more about what squirrels eat!
What Do Squirrel Nests Look Like?
Squirrel nests are called dreys and consist of clumped-together collections of leaves, twigs, bark, moss, and other compressed materials. Squirrel nests look like small, round bulbs of leaves bunched together. Squirrels usually build their dreys into tree cavities or around tree branches that are 20 feet tall or higher. Read more!
How Do I Keep Squirrels Away from My Bird Feeders?
Hang the bird feeders away from trees, use a pepper-based repellent, grease the poles of the feeders, or put safflower seed in the feeder. And if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em—give the squirrels a snack of their own to distract them from the bird feeders. Learn more tips and tricks!
How To Keep Squirrels Out of Potted Plants?
Squirrels like to stash nuts and food in your outdoor potted plants. To deter squirrels from digging up your prized geraniums you can sprinkle coffee grounds, cayenne pepper or garlic powder around the topsoil.
What Is The Difference Between A Ground Squirrel vs. Tree Squirrel?
Ground squirrels are burrowing animals, more like chipmunks and gophers than tree squirrels. They have stripes similar to those animals on their bodies but not their faces. When startled, ground squirrels will run to their underground burrow but tree squirrels will shimmy up to their tree nests.
Do Squirrels Eat Pine Cones?
Squirrels don’t eat the entire cone but they love the seeds within them. Pine cones are reliable food sources during the winter.