Squirrel RemovalWhen squirrels invade homes, they live in attics, chimneys or hidden areas that are rarely accessed. The best way to capture them is by using live cage traps, which is the most humane way of dealing with nuisance squirrels. However, removing them is not enough. Homes should be made less squirrel friendly and favorable to keep them out for good.

This can be achieved by inspecting homes to identify and seal the areas that squirrels enter the house. They should be sealed with hard material that cannot be chewed off like a metallic mesh or plate. Chimneys should be covered with chimney caps and metallic meshes while other holes/spaces should be covered with metallic plates.

It would also be a good idea to cut of tree branches that extend all the way to roof tops. These branches should be cut to about 8-10 feet away from the roof tops to make it impossible for squirrels to jump to attics and chimneys.

Squirrels also have a habit of looking for food in bird feeders so it would be wise to stop using them so as to limit the food available to squirrels. This will eventually make them move to other areas in search of food.

Other solutions of dealing with squirrels such as using repellents, poisons, strobe lights or radio noise are not effective and should not be invested in.

Signs of squirrel infestation

Squirrel Roof Attic DamageSquirrel infestation can be determined with the appearance of certain signs. These 9 signs include:

  1. Spotting squirrel droppings inside the house. Squirrel droppings can be mistaken for bat or rat droppings but it is possible to determine which animal it is from by using an expert.
  2. Chewed up electrical wires, shingles and attic interiors. Squirrels have a habit of chewing off anything soft that they come across so this sign most likely means squirrels are present in the house.
  3. Hearing funny noises from them fighting, scratching or chasing each other on the attic.
  4. Seeing fighting squirrels on several occasions. This means that their population is too large because they fight mostly for limited resources such as food or shelter.
  5. Smelling a pungent odor. Squirrels sometimes accidentally die within the house and their decaying bodies produce a very pungent smell.
  6. Spotting Squirrels walking along electricity lines, rooftops, chimneys and entering into attics.
  7. Seeing several tree hollows or nests in tree trunks.
  8. Occasionally spotting dug out holes on the ground. This happens because squirrels like to store their food in holes when they have plenty and later dig them out when they have little to eat.
  9. Destroyed flowers. gardens and trees.

Squirrel Diseases

Keeping squirrels out is important because not only does it get rid of the risk of structural damage but it also gets rid the risk of some health related problems. Squirrels are known to carry fleas and ticks and these might be spread over to pets. Once this happens, they might spread all over the house because fleas and ticks can hide in cloth like materials like seat cushions and carpets making it very difficult to exterminate them. This increases the chance of getting tick bites, which may cause lyme disease (causes nerve pain and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and flea bites, which cause skin irritation and inflammation.

Squirrel droppings are also a health risk. They are potential carriers of leptospirosis and salmonella. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which in its mild form causes headaches and pains in the body while in its serious condition causes organ failure and internal bleeding. Salmonella (food poisoning) is mostly known for causing diarrhea.

These health risks can be avoided by keeping squirrels out of homes and hygienically removing any squirrel droppings found within the house.

Squirrels belong to a family of small and medium sized rodents called Sciuridae. This family includes animals such as chipmunks, prairie dogs and marmots. Apart from flying squirrels, they are classified based on their habitat as tree and ground squirrels. Tree squirrels include the fox squirrel and eastern gray squirrel of North America and the red squirrel found in Europe and Asia. Ground squirrel is a general term referring to all medium sized ground squirrels.

Some squirrel species have adapted and thrived in urban environments leading to some form of relationship between them and human beings. This relationship exists mainly in three forms. Man views squirrels as food, urban wildlife or the most common one, as pests. When they become too many, they are more likely to cause damage to human beings because they invade their home to search for food and shelter.