October 06, 2017
Squirrels live everywhere there are trees. They love to travel from tree to tree, and will even jump onto utility lines, cables and poles. They can even jump from one house to another if they are close enough or quickly scurry up a tree to get to upper decks and rooftops. Squirrels usually nest outside in tree trunks or under porches, but in climates where the weather gets cold, they will seek refuge inside a home, shed or garage. Usually, in the fall they will start looking for a warmer location, and shelter from the extreme weather. That will bring them inside crawl spaces, attics, walls, and chimneys. And that’s when you will start to hear them scratching and scurrying about in our walls and ceilings, causing you to lose sleep and start thinking about getting them out of your home quickly and safely. They may even have found a way to come in and out, collecting food like seeds, nuts, fruit and tree bark in the morning or early afternoon, then bring it back inside to store for later.
You don’t want a single squirrel invading your home, let alone a whole family of them. They can spread serious diseases, and carry fleas, ticks, and mites into your home that can be dangerous for people and pets alike. Not only that, but they can destroy furniture and other household items and they can significantly damage the structure of your home as well. Even if there are no entry points they could chew their way into your home when they become desperate enough when the weather gets frigid.
To stop them from coming into your home in the first place you will need to close off all entry points, which will involve a little investigating. You will want to walk around your home to see where they are getting in. This may also involve going into crawl spaces, under your home, and into your basement and attic to find the entry points. Once you have determined where they are getting in, you will need a sealant or caulking that is strong enough to keep desperate squirrels from scratching or chewing their way in. Then you need to trap the existing squirrels and relocate them which can be both dangerous and time-consuming. You don’t want to wait until they have already damaged your home, you should seek professional help right away.
Your best bet in Southern Maine is to contact us at Pine State Pest Solutions. Our wildlife control professionals will do a thorough inspection, use exclusion and humane trapping that follow all of the State of Maine regulations. If you have squirrel problems, we have solutions. Contact us today at Pine State Pest Solutions.