If you discover a scurry of squirrels living in the attic, chimney or walls, you may be tempted to roll up your sleeves and tackle the problem on your own. Let us stop you right there: DIY squirrel removal is not only ineffective, but it can be dangerous. If you discover a squirrel nest or group of other wild animals on your property, contact wildlife prevention services in Whitby for the professional help you need.
DIY Wildlife Prevention Is Dangerous
One of the main reasons you should not DIY animal control is because doing so can put yourself, your loved ones and your furry friends at risk. Wild animals are skittish and oftentimes aggressive and carriers of the disease. If you disturb a group of squirrels, you risk scaring them, which may result in one or several nipping or attacking you. Bites and scratches put you at risk for a number of animal-borne diseases, including rabies.
If you use pesticides, you risk using too much or placing them in easily accessible areas. Too much pesticide can result in health problems for you and your family, and your pets may fall victim to easy-to-access poison.
Uninformed Wildlife Control Is Ineffective
In addition to being dangerous, DIY wildlife control is, more often than not, ineffective. If you do enjoy any success from your efforts, it will likely be short-lived or coincidental. If the animals haven’t moved on (which is the likely scenario), they will find other openings through which to enter your home. These openings won’t necessarily be the ones they make. For instance, your chimney, vents, window frames and even gaps between building materials all serve as inviting entrances for small critters. Trying to close off every opening is virtually impossible, not to mention an expensive, endeavour.
Pest Extermination Can Do More Harm Than Good
Some homeowners go straight to extermination. However, trying to exterminate a squirrel population in your home is unwise, as doing so can lead to decaying animals in your home’s walls. Decayed animals produce foul odours and attract other vermin, such as flies, mice and rats. If another pest feeds on a squirrel carcass and then comes into contact with yours or your pet’s food, you and your loved ones are at risk of contracting the disease. Then there’s the fact that self-extermination is illegal in many states and may result in fines and sanctions.
DIY Wildlife Prevention Is Expensive
On top of the other concerns, do-it-yourself wildlife control oftentimes is costly. If you are serious about keeping pests out, you need heavy-duty materials. A few slabs of plywood and a couple of nails will not do the trick, as wild animals will chew or scratch through the materials and eventually destroy the repair. It is not worth it to invest your hard-earned money or time into creating barriers that will eventually come down.
The Solution to a Squirrel Infestation
The best way to rid your home of a squirrel nest is to invest in professional wildlife prevention in Whitby. Our technicians at Skedaddle are trained to identify all possible entry points. Once we have done that, we humanely remove all adult animals and their babies to a safe environment far from your home.
Our solutions also entail cleaning your home of debris and contaminated materials. It is not uncommon for our technicians to find nests, fleas, ticks and other debris left by the wildlife.
Finally, once we are confident that your home is free and clear of pests and their messes, we take steps to prevent future infestations. We do this by sealing all points of entry with heavy-gauge screening that squirrels or other wildlife cannot chew or scratch through. Learn more about our squirrel removal services today.