What Do Squirrel Holes Look Like?Keep in mind that, unlike moles, squirrels do not live underground. They do not burrow and tunnel, leaving piles of dirt. Squirrels dig small holes to hide their nuts and seeds for safe-keeping. Most of their holes are only large enough for one or two acorns. If they get spooked, they have to scurry away and dig a new hole somewhere else. Most squirrel holes are shallow and about two inches in diameter.
How Can I Make Them Stop Digging?It's not an easy task, because they are wired by evolution to dig! There are some deterrents, however. One strategy is to plant daffodils. It won't stop them from digging, but it may keep them out of your yard altogether. Other bright flowers may be equally effective. Squirrels dislike the powerful aroma and bitter taste of these flowers. Consider getting an outside guard dog. Dogs love to chase squirrels. A convincing owl statue may also do the trick. Squirrels know who their predators are and will keep away from them.
Why Are Squirrel Holes Dangerous?If you have wiring and electrical bulbs installed close to the ground, a squirrel could easily dislodge them or chew them while creating their holes. Not much gets in the way of their plans, and they work quickly. Holes also destabilize the foundations of wooden decks, fence posts, and sidewalks. Garden beds may suffer from excess drainage and erosion. Raised beds may become off-center or fall over.
If Squirrels Are Outside, Are They Also Inside?We hope not! Squirrels are very crafty, however. They often use indoor hiding places. They can enter your home through gaps in the bricks, unsecured soffits, attic siding, and chimneys. If you have pet food on your patio or porch, they might track the scent and try to find the source inside. Make sure all pet food is kept indoors and in airtight containers. Squirrels most often reside in attics and crawl spaces, where they will ruin insulation, cause structural damage, create fire hazards by chewing electrical wires, and destroy exterior materials. Seal any openings as you notice them. Tell-tale signs of squirrel presence are the sound of scurrying in your attic as you fall asleep at night and seeing them climbing up your walls or across your roof.
What Do I Get When I Call for Squirrel Removal in Vancouver?We're glad you asked! Skedaddle has over 30 years of experience safely removing squirrels from your home.
- The first thing we will do is identify how the squirrels are getting in. We will conduct a thorough assessment of access points.
- Then, we will determine the extent of the infestation, by analyzing droppings, damage, and dens.
- After this, create a strategic action plan for removal, wearing personal protective equipment and bringing along any necessary gear.
- Next, we will encourage the adult squirrels to exit , and remove their babies safely by hand, to be reunited later at a safe distance from your home.
- Finally, we will clean your home of any debris, droppings, and damage.