Though there are several species of squirrels, our experience and
expertise is limited to tree squirrels. There are a few species of tree squirrels, but the
most common ones are either black or gray. Another species found is the Flying Squirrel
which doesn't really fly - but instead can glide from branch to branch
by extending its paws out to reveal a flat, rectangular area of skin which will support
brief periods of flight. The Flying Squirrel is also smaller than the more common
Squirrels are very cute until they become a pest around
structures. If they enter a building, they are capable of doing damage to a multitude of
objects because of their chewing behavior. The most common entry point for squirrels is
the attic, which they may enter by chewing a hole into a gable, soffit or other susceptible
areas and make
themselves quite comfortable using insulation for nesting material. Once settled in, they may eventually reproduce with a litter of several
young. When squirrels live in an attic, there is potential for damage to stored goods as well as to wiring
with the potential for fire due to gnawing of those wires. Droppings from squirrels may
also be a nuisance.
If squirrels enter a home through a door or garage, they may do damage
to furniture, upholstery or curtains in an effort to escape. In other cases, squirrels
may do damage outdoors by chewing on structures, screens, lawn furniture, plants
or digging in the grass.
The most common clues to a squirrel infestation are actual
sightings of the animals entering a structure and/or running or scratching noises in the attic
that are heard early in the morning (4 AM to 7 AM) or late in the afternoon (5
PM to 8 PM).
Dealing with squirrels can take several forms. First,
environmental changes may be made to minimize access by pruning trees that extend over a structure or
removing or securing any decorative trim or attachments that provide access to the structure. If squirrels are
coming to a roof across wires, it may be possible to install a cone-shaped shield that
would eliminate access to the roof. These may be available through the
local utility company and would require professional installation.
Click here for a link to a company that offers this type of device.
We currently offer two squirrel repellents that may discourage destructive behavior.
Critter Ridder, both contain food products which repel squirrels by taste and touch. Deer-off is a liquid spray that contains garlic, capsaicin (hot sauce) and putrescent egg whites while Critter Ridder contains a variety of different pepper related products that work by both taste and touch. Both Deer-Off and Critter Ridder can be used to keep squirrels from doing damage to garden flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Finally, cage traps such as a
Havahart #1078 Professional Cage Trap TM will allow removal of squirrels
without harm to the animal. Once captured, you will need to transport the animal
five miles or more from the property to discourage a return appearance. Note
that many state and local governments regulate trapping of wild/nuisance animals
- you may want to check with local authorities first.
If you have any further questions about squirrels, you are
invited to contact us by telephone, by fax or by E-Mail. These are 800-433-1128 or
845-356-2837, 845-746-9018 and
respectively. We offer free, friendly advice.
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