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Understanding Squirrel Behaviours

When you notice a squirrel, chances are your first reaction will be something along the lines of thinking it is cute and cuddly. While this may be the case squirrels aren’t the best roommates and can wreak havoc on attics and backyards. Noticing a squirrel infestation is the first sign that you need professional wildlife control services, so keep reading to better understand these fluffy troublemakers.

A litter of baby squirrels removed from an attic by hand

Important Squirrel Facts

Squirrels are a form of rodent that’s constantly looking for new and attractive food sources. The reason why their activity can result in major headaches for home and business owners, as well as significant damage to buildings, is that squirrels produce two litters per year with an average of 5-6 babies per litter. This spells trouble if left unattended inside your home. Other important squirrel facts include:

  • Squirrels usually give birth in the spring and late summer, having between 5 and 6 dens in residential areas. Contrary to popular belief, capturing or killing the adult squirrel will not solve the infestation problem. This is because babies may still be living in vents, the roof, walls, chimney or attic.
  • Squirrels can chew holes into homes and scamper within the walls and attic spaces. They do this so they can build nests. Particularly negative consequences that result from this include significant structural damage to homes, as well as numerous health risks.
  • If threatened, squirrels can move incredibly quickly. So quickly, in fact, that some squirrel species can go up to 25 kilometres per hour. This is especially true of mother squirrels who perceive danger or are separated from their babies, even though squirrels are generally frightened of humans.
  • Squirrel bodies and their nests are often home to organisms like fleas and ticks. If the squirrels leave the nest for an extended period, these organisms will start looking for new hosts, most often pets and people.
  • In order to keep their incisors from growing too long, squirrels must constantly chew on various items. If you have a nest in your home with five pups in it, you can see the potential for damage and fire hazards.

Squirrels have powerful teeth that allow them to chew their way into houses

What To Do If You Discover Signs Of A Squirrel Infestation?

Your safest and most effective option is to contact a wildlife control specialist like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Among the benefits of getting in touch with Skedaddle is the fact that the company uses only the most humane removal and exclusion methods. Also providing cleaning and sanitization services, as well as future-proofing of your home against subsequent invasions.

Skedaddle is home to a proven three-step proofing process that guarantees you’ll be free from your current and future squirrel invaders for years to come. Add to that a lifetime guarantee on the materials used to future-proof your home and it becomes clear that Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is the squirrel control provider for you.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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