Squirrelwatch: Our Guide to Squirrel Problems 2019
Although many people find squirrels to be cute, fascinating, and they are a favourite of nature lovers throughout the country, they cannot be underestimated when it comes to their destructive pest nature.
In this blog, we will give an overview of why squirrels need to be dealt with immediately before they do significant damage and offer a severe lack of hygiene.
If you are dealing with squirrels on your property and require a swift and reliable solution, give Glasgow Pest Control Co. a call today on 0141 471 9255.
Four Reasons Why Squirrels Are a Problem
The number of problems that squirrels can cause within your property are extensive, but there are four that stand out above the rest:
- Squirrels chew on wooden beams and ceilings.
- They will use their incisors to strip electrical wires.
- They will rip into fibreglass insulation and textiles.
- Squirrels can leave excrement within water tanks.
In regards to chewing of wooden beams and ceilings, this is the result of a habit that squirrels are known for in the wild. They will regularly strip the bark off of trees, usually younger specimens with thinner and softer bark.
Unfortunately, they will also rip apart similar structures within the home such as beams and ceilings.
Similarly, squirrels will use their incisors to strip electrical wires of their rubber insulation. The reasons for this are not clear exactly, although it is likely they are trying to shave down their teeth which grow continually.
By chewing wires squirrels can cause a significant amount of damage to electrical equipment and, in many cases, can even cause house fires.
Squirrels need nests to keep warm in the winter and will tear apart textiles and fibreglass insulation in order to find materials for heat. Again, using their incisors and dextrous paws, they can do a lot of damage in a short space of time.
Naturally, the amount of damage that builds up will be very expensive and can do an incredible amount of damage to your insulation and belongings.
Finally, there is the real risk of squirrels will spread various diseases around a property. One of the main ways that this happens is how they will make their way inside water tanks, usually leaving urine and faeces behind them which holds various contagions.
How We Deal with Squirrels
There are different methods of dealing with squirrels and minimising their impact on your home.
Firstly, it is important to note that poisonous bait is not legal. Unlike other rodents like rats and mice, we cannot use poison to deal with squirrels.
Traps, however, are an option. By placing live traps in key locations around your home, we will be able to trap the squirrels in a cage, meaning we can remove them from your home in order to deal with them.
We also have the option of spring traps. These will deal with the squirrel in a quick and humane manner. In order to ensure that this solution is not cruel, the devices that we can employ are very strictly controlled.
Another thing to consider is that proofing methods should be employed after the squirrel infestation is dealt with (or of course in anticipation of squirrel trouble). Our technicians will fill up and seal off any holes and gaps around the roof area of your home in order to limit their roots inside.
What Is the Deal with Red Squirrels?
The solutions we use for dealing with red squirrels are much more limited. Although it is unlikely that you will find a red squirrel within your attic in Glasgow, we do serve surrounding areas where they are seen.
Under no circumstances can red squirrels be harmed; they are a protected species under British law and must only be caught and released unharmed.
When Are Squirrels a Problem?
Squirrels can invade your home at any time of the year. However, they are at their most likely to invade your home during the months of October to March.
This is a result of the cold. Squirrels are happy to live outdoors when the weather is warm, and they can remain comfortable, but when temperatures drop, they will try to make it inside our habitations in order to stay warm.
Get in Touch
At Glasgow Pest Control Co., we provide practical and reliable result to any pest problem that we come across.
To make an inquiry or to schedule in some work today, give us a call now on 0141 471 9255.
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