Squirrels are not your typical form of cute wildlife. They must chew to keep their sharp teeth worn down, and they will happily gnaw through your wood flooring, electrical wires, attic insulation, crawl spaces and more. Squirrels can also damage your home’s exterior by chewing siding to gain inside access. These pesky fiends are noisy, smelly, and can cause serious issues in your home.
In the south squirrels can be found in almost any yard. They’re cute, they’re furry, and they are all around entertaining to watch. However, appearances can be deceptive.
Squirrels can become a problem when they suddenly decide to get inside your house. They are resourceful and can be incredibly destructive if they decide to set up permanent residence in your home, attic, or garage. To a feisty squirrel, a warm and comfortable attic or isolated room represents prime real estate. There, they can mate and begin to make nests inside your very own home.
The attic is an ideal place for squirrels to nest in. It has minimal visibility to predators, keeps warm for the winter, and is safe to nurse baby squirrels from the harsh elements outside. Once the babies are born, both the mother and the babies will remain in the attic until the babies are mature enough to make it outside on their own.
Squirrels gather any items in order to fortify their tiny home, including twigs, leaves, or worse. On some occasions, squirrels have been known to chew through pieces of furniture in order to use it for their nest. These irascible menaces can quickly overwhelm the home and become the single greatest threat to your home and its safety.
Quick Facts About Squirrels
In order to better prepare yourself for squirrels, it’s important to know some basic facts about squirrels. By educating yourself about this furry felon, you can keep your eyes out for signs of those less than desirable rodents.
The average squirrel can vary in size. Squirrels can be as small as 8 inches. They can also get to almost two feet in length. Typical squirrels can weigh up to a pound and a half as an adult. Squirrels have a lifespan of six years. They also tend to mate twice a year.
Squirrels also have a very particular diet. Instead of eating grass like other animals, squirrels will hoard mostly nuts and berries. On occasion, they have been known to eat fruits and mushrooms. The reasons squirrels eat these items is that they do not possess cellulose as found in green plants. Squirrel metabolism doesn’t allow for the great digestion of greens, which is why they are predisposed to the diet they have. Only in real emergencies have squirrels been forced to eat grass, twigs, and other plant life.
We, at Cajun Critter Removal, are squirrel removal experts.
Unlike rats, mice, or other rodents, squirrels cannot easily be trapped. Squirrels are prone to store their food, eliminating the need for much foraging. Because of this, it is much more difficult to find them searching for food. This simple task makes the job of removing squirrels that much more difficult. Additional strategies are needed, which is where the services of Cajun Critter Removal come in.
Cajun Critter Removal has been in the animal removal business since 2012. Since then, we’ve seen and done a lot of different animal removals. Some of them were very simple, routine removals. Some of them were very atypical, difficult removals. We’ve had a diverse range of jobs that have prepared us for almost anything that is thrown our way. In order to trap and remove animals, we’ve had to think outside of the box.
We also utilize humane methods in order to force squirrels from their home. Utilizing specialty tools, we’re able to make the squirrels leave of their own volition. Once they’re gone, we seal up any exposed entry way, making sure they never enter your home again. We want to make sure that the animals are okay and your home is okay, too.
We guarantee that squirrels, as well as any other creatures, will stay out of your home after the job is done. For more details, see our exclusion services page.
For their nest, squirrels will shred any soft products you have available. This can include toilet paper, paper towels, newspapers, attic insulation, and more. Squirrels are able to literally destroy a mattress by tearing out stuffing and scattering the remains into packed away corners for later. They are capable of tearing apart your expensive couch for bits of padding for their nests.
When a squirrel decides to make your home his new residence, there are health risks. Most squirrels are not carriers of serious disease, but it’s still wise to treat all squirrels cautiously just in case. They can also introduce other health threats including fleas, ticks and Tetanus.
Squirrels will not generally attack you, but if threatened they can bite and scratch. Squirrels can chew through wiring leaving your home a fire hazard.
Another risk in older homes is insulation containing asbestos. Squirrel damaged insulation may release asbestos particles into the air which can expose the home’s occupants to harmful asbestos inhalation. Squirrels can also gnaw holes in your home’s eaves or archways. These holes may contribute to water damage and eventually cause mold growth. Black mold can be quite hazardous and requires professional work.
Even when a squirrel decides it doesn’t want to occupy your home anymore, you still have exposed portions of your house. This invites other animals to come in, such as bats, rats, and more. By failing to stop an invasion of squirrels, your home has now been opened up for the real possibility of acting as a general nest to multiple animals.
As soon as you know that squirrels have moved into your home, consider taking immediate steps to get them professionally removed. Quickly evicting squirrels is only part of the solution, since they will have already inflicted damage on your property.
Property owners are completely responsible for nuisance squirrel removal. Therefore, it is best to contact a professional squirrel removal company like Cajun Critter Removal. We are able to inspect and assess the situation and solve your squirrel dilemma.
Cajun Critter Removal employs trained personnel to humanely and compassionately remove squirrels from your home. We can keep the squirrels from coming back into your home to visit. Cajun Critter Removal also offers attic restoration services to safely clean and decontaminate the mess left in your home.
Dealing with a squirrel infestation can be overwhelming, but the professionals at Cajun Critter Removal will work with you to resolve your squirrel troubles.