While it is spring in Las Vegas, the squirrel may not be an unwelcome guest in the home. Think you might need a squirrel exterminator?
However, wait until the days become colder and shorter, and squirrels, mice, and raccoons start looking for shelter.
So where do they find refuge? They make your home their dwelling. As these animals do not hibernate, your warm attic and walls make for the ideal winter lair.
For them it is perfect, but on the other hand, it means expensive damages and health risks for you.
Have you had unwanted visitors in your home this past winter?
If you have, then you know what happens, but if you did not count yourself lucky and be prepared for the next winter that comes.
As mentioned, squirrels do not lie dormant, but these small critters need to keep warm and safe. During the icy months, they can stay for days remaining warm. They will venture out at midday when the temperature warms up.
Therefore, if you have heard squeaking and scampering coming from the attic or walls, the possibility is that your home has become a cozy den.
Do you think you have squirrels living in your house? Call Ranger Pest Control to have a site evaluation done. You do not want it to get out of control.
Squirrels make your home theirs for a good reason!
As the foods scare during the winter, squirrels start burying nuts and eat massive amounts. A fact is the petulance can eat its body weight in food in just a week.
The fat reserves help them through harsh winter conditions. They will stash food in different locations. Sometimes they even cannot remember where they stashed it.
The forgotten sees start germinating and eventually grows into shrubs and trees. Squirrels do have a strong smell and can detect the food through thick snow.
As a result, if a squirrel can get access to your home, you have given them a perfect dent to stay throughout the winter. They build nests, store food, and even give birth while raising their babies there.
Nevertheless, where are they getting into your home?
The squirrel is like a thief and finds a way to enter the house. Do you have uncapped chimneys, tree limbs overlapping the roof or small existing openings? These are all places they use to gain entry to your living space. Furthermore, they have sharp teeth and can even chew holes through soffits and under eaves.
Once they move in, the destruction starts.
Squirrels can damage the insulation by tearing up for their nests and chew through electrical wiring like mice creating fire hazards.
On the other hand, they urinate and defecate in the areas they live soiling wood and insulation. The droppings create a health risk called Salmonellosis and Leptospirosis. Both of the risks are found in the feces and cause diarrhea, fever, headache, jaundice, and a rash.
Another sickness they cause is tick-borne illnesses as infected with ticks and spreads to humans, causing severe pain and inflammation. Furthermore, squirrels carry fleas as well.
So what is the solution?
If you suspect you have squirrels making your home their residence, contact us before it gets out of hand.
One of our team members will come and evaluate the situation to see if it is a gray or red squirrel problem. We will look at the best solution from installing one-way doors or advice if you need to have all access point sealed up with mesh.
Once the squirrels removed, we will provide a surface cleaning, do sanitizing, and give the area deodorizing. Alternatively, we will also help with replacing the insulation.
For the best tips on how to avoid a squirrel infestation, contact us today.