Squirrels are fun to watch. If you have never sat on a bench at the park and watched these furry rodents dash around and climb trees, then you are missing out. This fun behavior becomes a whole lot less fun, however, when squirrels choose to invade properties. If you have recently noticed these bushy-tailed pests around your yard and are worried about the problems they might cause, let us help you today. Here is everything you need to know about squirrels and how to keep them away from your Sarasota property.
The Reason Squirrels Invade Properties
Squirrels are one of a few wildlife creatures that prefer to live in areas near people. Living in more urban environments allows these bushy-tailed pests more opportunities to find food, water, and shelter. Your property might be attracting squirrels by offering things like dropped nuts, holes in trees, seeds in bird feeders, moisture build-up from rainfall, and loose mulch. If you feed squirrels on your property, then all these other things matter less as they will come back regardless of what other things your property offers them.
Do Squirrels Break Into Homes?
Squirrels are not like rats and mice. They do not find it easier to live indoors rather than outside. Keeping this in mind, these bushy-tailed rodents will still break into man-made structures from time to time. Most often they come indoors to find shelter from inclement weather like cold or storms. They might also invade attic spaces and outbuildings to build their nests, if entry points are available, and getting in and out is easy.
Some Strategies To Keep Squirrels Off Your Yard
In order to deter squirrels from coming onto your yard, you have to address their reasons for doing so. Start by installing a fence around your yard and garden. Although squirrels are great climbers, this structure will make looking into your yard for tasty treats a bit more difficult. Another thing you should do is pick up nuts, berries, and ripened produce that falls into your yard. In addition to this, do not feed squirrels on your property unless you don’t mind them living nearby, damaging your garden, and potentially breaking into your home.
How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Home
Squirrels break into homes by looking for things like damage to rooflines, open windows and doors, and unprotected chimneys. Address these entry points by repairing damage to your home’s exterior, repairing screens on your windows and doors, keeping unscreened windows and doors closed when they are not in use, and installing a rodent-proof cap on your chimney.
Why You Don’t Want Squirrels Around Your Home
There are two reasons you don’t want squirrels on your property or inside your home. The first is that they can be dangerous. These dangerous rodents can spread diseases with the parasite pests they carry and their fecal droppings and urine. The second reason you don’t want squirrels on your property is that they are destructive. They regularly damage rooflines, chew holes through walls, dig up mulch and soil, and gnaw on bark, twigs, and shrubbery.
When To Call The Professionals About Your Squirrel Problems
You do not want squirrels on your property. To make sure these pests get out of your home or to keep them off your property, let the experts at Rodent Solutions help you out today. If you are a squirrel lover but don’t want these rodents taking shelter inside your home, at least let our pest pro team come and make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed and protected so that these rodents don’t bring sickness indoors.
Call us now to learn more about your pest control options in Sarasota and have your property inspected for pests.