What Makes Squirrels A Pest?

What Makes Squirrels A Pest?

Squirrels may look cute and cuddly but they are a pest that can cause damage in quite a few different ways, as well as being known to spread diseases.

They will try to enter homes for warmth, shelter and food, as this provides an ideal place to raise their young. If it comes to it they will gnaw their way through wood and electrical cables in order to gain entry.

Once they have taken up residence in your property, squirrels can become a real nuisance as they will find their way into lofts and roof voids. As well as the noise they make they can also damage the roof insulation and structural timbers.

They have been known to carry diseases and pass these on to humans, including rabies (although very rare).

How to deal with squirrels?

The best way to trap squirrels depends on the environment, the type of squirrel, and the size of the animals. Mechanical traps and baiting is one of the most effective ways of trapping pest squirrels, when carried out by pest control experts.

How to prevent a squirrel invasion in the first place?

Squirrels tend to enter houses via the roof, so be aware of how close the branches of nearby trees are to your house. Trim away any branches that are within 8-10 feet of your house. This should prevent the squirrels from being able to jump from the tree to the roof.

Remove any bird feeders as these attract squirrels as well as birds.

Inspect your attic from inside to see if you can spot any potential entry points. A good time to do this is in the summer time before it gets cold and squirrels look for a place to nest. You might also want to consider using squirrel repellents to put them off coming into your attic in the first place.

If you suspect that you have squirrels in your house, get in touch with our team of expert Ayrshire and Glasgow pest controllers for advice.

Freephone: 0800 043 7790
Mobile: 07949 280 633
Glasgow: 0141 256 8494
Lanarkshire: 01698 640 166

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