Squirrels are a common sight in Tennessee for property owners. They scamper along the trees or ground and are generally not considered as a pest because of this. Unfortunately, do not lose sight of the fact that squirrels are pests. In fact, squirrels are members of the rodent family, which means they can cause a multitude of problems for your property and your health, which we'll cover shortly. First, let's take a look at what squirrels look like.
Squirrels are known to have long slender bodies compared to other rodents with a bushy tail. Depending on the species, they also come in different colors ranging from grey to brown. They also grow up to 15" long not counting the length of the tail
Squirrels Are Kind Of Dangerous
Overall, squirrels are closer to a nuisance for homeowners. However, they do present some clear dangers that cannot be ignored. For example, they cause significant property damage when they do make it into your home. One of their favorite things to do is to chew anything they come across. For this reason, you can say goodbye to your insulation, wires, and cables if a squirrel infestation occurs. Some species of squirrel are also known to tear up the ground by digging, which can affect your landscaping.
While not as likely, squirrels still carry diseases and parasites like other members of the rodent family. That's why it's vital to work with a professional pest control company trained in squirrel control to ensure the well-being of people on the premises without causing additional damage.
Keep The Squirrels Away
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep squirrels away from your Tennessee home. It just takes paying attention, consistency, and following these helpful tips we've collected:
- Guard The Food And Water: Squirrels need food and water like all mammals. That's why they are naturally drawn to easy sources of food and water. You can ensure they don't get interested in your property if you remove sources of standing water and food that is left out. This includes pet food since they'll gladly eat that as well.
- Preemptive Gardening: While squirrels love nature, there are some plants they stay away from. With strategic gardening, you can make your home less inviting for this pest and enjoy calmer home life. Focus on plants that are either bright in color or produce a strong odor. Some viable examples would include daffodils, hyacinths, or geraniums.
- Exclusion Work: Take the time to trim away branches near the house and place PVC pipe over-attached utility lines. This makes it much less inviting for squirrels to the point they'll focus on other houses instead.
Without a doubt, the best thing you can do for squirrel prevention is to seek the assistance of professional pest control companies trained to handle squirrel removal. They'll know what's needed to exclude them and to safely remove any already in the house.
Squirrel Control With Proven Pest Management
Common signs of a squirrel infestation include scratching or scampering noises, especially in the attic. While this can be other rodents, it's likely a squirrel the higher up you go in the house since they usually enter through high access points.
At Proven Pest Management, we work with you to identify the rodent infestation in question, and the necessary steps to take to get you to a pest-free home. We don't stop until the job is done, which is why our customers know they can count on us for the results they need.
Are you in need of squirrel control services? Give our team at Proven Pest Management a call or go online to explore your pest control options and get started on removing the pest infestation today!