Squirrels are a much cuter when they’re outside instead of inside your home. Though they’re considered non-violent, squirrels can wreak havoc on a house when they invade.
Types of Squirrel
If you suspect the presence of squirrels, chances are good they are either the gray, fox, pine, or flying squirrel. Most troublesome are Eastern Gray Squirrels, who you might hear during the day, and Southern Flying Squirrels, nocturnal rodents who are active at night.
Squirrels seek out secure places where they can breed and store their food. Typically squirrels breed during the winter when the air is cooler, which is also when infestations become more common.
If you have branches hovering over your roof, these provide easy access for squirrels. They find entry by chewing through roofing materials and vulnerable spots in the structure of your home. It’s common for squirrels to settle in the attic, as it’s a safe place to raise their young, but they can also move with ease up and down the walls of your home.
Squirrels have sharp teeth that can chew through your roofing, support beams, and walls. They damage insulation. They even chew on electrical wires and insulation until the copper is exposed, causing a potential fire hazard. Their urine and droppings lead to contamination, which also attracts other squirrels.
At Peachtree Pest Control we design a custom approach to solving the problem using Integrated Pest Management, or IPM.
First, we trap the squirrels using bait stations or the method of mechanical alterations/exclusion and remove them from your home. Using our sanitation procedures and low-risk chemical treatments, we eliminate the lingering contamination from the squirrels. We only use chemical pesticides only if IPM techniques are unsuccessful.
If you schedule a consultation with us, here’s what to expect:
- We begin with an interview. We will ask about what the customer has been hearing or seeing and what time of the day.
- Next is a visual inspection. We look for entry points, either existing issues, or where the squirrel has chewed its way in.
- Correct identification is next, it may be a rat or something else, we make sure we are treating for the right issue.
- We then design a custom plan for each location. It may include trapping, using excluders, and physically repairing any holes or entryways.
- After the work is done, we will follow up to check on the success, and remove any excluders that were in place.