What Wilmington Property Owners May Not Know About Squirrel Danger

September 3, 2020

When spending time outside, it’s not uncommon to see a squirrel now and again. Because they are a regular feature around many homes and businesses, most people don’t really pay attention to squirrels. In fact, many people find them cute and will encourage them to hang around by feeding them.

a squirrel in a yard

While squirrels might not seem like a problem, they are a pest, and they can cause both property damage and health risks.

There are many different species of squirrel, even around Wilmington, but they all share common characteristics. Here is how you can identify a squirrel:

  • They are small rodents with slender bodies.
  • They have bushy tails.
  • Their eyes are proportionally large.
  • They usually have short, silky fur.
  • They can range in color from grey to brown to red.

What Dangers Do Squirrels Pose?

The time when squirrels pose the most risks is when they get inside a home or business, but they can also be dangerous to have around your property. While you might not associate squirrels with species like mice and rats, they are a kind of rodent. Because of this, they can cause the same problems that other rodent species do. Here are the health and safety concerns with squirrels:

  • They need to constantly gnaw and chew to prevent their teeth from overgrowing. This means they can destroy things like pipes, wiring, and even structural elements of your home.
  • They can also chew on things like drywall or furniture.
  • Squirrels will ruin gardens and yards by digging up bulbs and other plantings.
  • They carry a host of diseases including Lyme disease, rabies, and salmonellosis.
  • They are also hosts to parasites that they introduce to your home.
  • Their fur, urine, and feces can cause allergic reactions for some people.
  • They will bite if they feel cornered.

How Can You Prevent Squirrels?

Given the fact that squirrels can do anything from start fires by ruining electrical wires to spreading rabies, keeping them away from your home or business is of utmost importance. There are things you can do to deter squirrels from getting into your yard by focusing on making the property less attractive to them, these include:

  • Getting rid of or reducing their access to bird feeders.
  • Sealing up cracks in the building’s foundation.
  • Making sure that windows and doors aren’t left open.
  • Trimming tree branches to keep them away from the exterior of your home.
  • Storing pet food indoors or in airtight containers that squirrels can’t access.

While taking these steps can help keep squirrels from coming inside your home, and also make them less likely to hang around your yard, it’s not possible to completely prevent them by using these methods. The best way to address squirrel problems is to get professional pest control help.

Ongoing Assistance For Squirrel Problems

While the occasional squirrel in your yard isn’t a huge cause for concern, having many squirrels around your property can become a problem. If you find yourself trying to prevent or remove squirrels from your lawn, the best way to do so is to get help from the pest control professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We will work with you to handle squirrels and other rodent issues around your home or business. Contact us today to get started or for advice on squirrel prevention.

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