It Isn't All Fun and GamesOntario is home to three different squirrel species. Around York, you are most likely to see gray or red squirrels. If you see a black squirrel, it's a colour variation of the gray squirrel and not a different species. The York region also has flying squirrels, but these live in the forests, higher up in the canopy. Squirrels are rodents, which means that they have teeth that grow continuously. They need to keep their chomping tools filed down and do this by chewing on things throughout the day. Their teeth are also sharp, allowing the rodents to gnaw through a wide variety of materials, even soft metals! If they find their way into your attic, they won't just munch on wood. They often also chew on the electrical wiring, potentially cutting off power to parts of your home and creating a fire hazard. Squirrel antics are fun to watch, but it isn't all fun and games when they end up in your attic.
It's Downright MessyIf you hear a scurrying above your head that sounds too heavy to be a mouse, it is likely a squirrel (or several). In addition to the fire hazards they pose, squirrels can mess up your home in other ways. They leave debris scattered from their chewing habits. They also use your attic floor as a toilet, leaving feces and urine everywhere.
Do Squirrels Transmit Diseases to People?The messes squirrels make in the attic aren't just smelly; they also pose health hazards. In addition, these little rodents play host to parasites such as ticks, fleas and mites. When squirrels make a home out of yours, your family (including your pets) risk catching one of the following diseases:
- Lyme disease