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More Than Cute: Squirrels and The Damage They Cause

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Know What Squirrels Can Do to Your Home

Do a Google image search for “squirrel damage to homes” and you’ll find an array of nasty problems before your eyes. Doing damage ranging from mild to severe, a squirrel infestation is nothing to joke about. Yes, squirrels are cute. You love watching them leap through trees and dash across power lines, but there are a lot of reasons you shouldn’t love the idea of them moving into your home or yard.

The Damage Squirrels Do

Like most rodents, squirrels are equipped with sturdy teeth that remain sharp as long as they’re gnawing on something. Unfortunately, squirrels living in urban settings often find themselves chewing on homes, power cables and landscaping features. Some of their favorite targets include outside furniture made from wood. If they get into your attic or basement, they’re also likely to chew on walls, rafters and insulation. They’ll even chew on attic vents and wood siding and shutters. Once inside, they may gnaw on power cords as well.

Unfortunately, the outside of your home isn’t safe from these pesky critters either. The ground squirrels native to Phoenix and Tucson are particularly adept at destroying yards, gardens and shrubs. They may dig up and eat tulip and crocus bulbs around your yard. These cute critters tend to attack lawns too. They dig up holes and hide food for the future, making it practically impossible to get on top of the damage they cause. Some species of squirrels are even adept at stripping bark from trees, which can cause long-term problems.

What to Do When a Squirrel Invades

Whether you’re plagued with a solitary squirrel or a whole family, it’s best to leave pest control to the professionals. Don’t attempt to trap, poison or kill squirrels. Instead, call in a company that specializes in rodent problems to assess the situation and offer a plan for remediation. Depending on the severity of the squirrel problem, you may have several options from which to choose.

Once your squirrel problem is under control, you can put some basic practices in place to prevent their return. Remember that squirrels are opportunistic and will sneak into any hole or crack possible. Sealing holes and leaks in your home will help to repel rodents. You should also minimize trash around your home and structures. Debris piles provide refuge places for squirrels and can also be an attractive source of nesting material.

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