Squirrels can easily make their way into our homes. They make scurrying sounds on the floor and can chew their way through cords and flooring. Squirrel pest control prevention in Southend-on-Sea can protect your home from most types of squirrels.
There are around 50 species of squirrels in the world. The species of squirrels are broken into tree, ground, and flying. Most times, the squirrels that make their way into a home are tree or flying. However, ground squirrels can still do major damage and enter buildings.
Tree squirrels are most times 30 to 60 cm long and have bushy tails. They can be black, brown or grey and could have a light coloured underbelly. Ground squirrels will have a short tail and are smaller than tree squirrels. Ground squirrels come is a wide variety of colours and could have stripes. The smallest squirrels are flying squirrels, which have a skin web from the forelegs to the hind legs that are used to glide. Most times, they are grey or brown and have large eyes since they are mostly nocturnal.
How Do Squirrels Enter Our Yards and Homes?
Squirrels are common in public parks and backyards. Squirrels are opportunistic omnivores, so they will go anywhere that food is easy to find. This is why squirrels have been found in garbage bins and areas where food is being severed. Flying and tree squirrels have been known to enter homes from the attic spaces and work their ways into areas where food is stored. Ground squirrels will burrow into yards and buildings that have food nearby.
How Much Damage Can Squirrels Do?
Squirrels have strong teeth and claws that they normally use for digging and chewing. Ground squirrels cause damage by burrowing under and even into buildings. This can weaken the integrity of the building, which could cause the building to collapse over time. Tree and flying squirrels are known for the damage that they do to buildings and wires. Both types of squirrels tear and gnaw holes into the outside of the building and the insulation. Once inside, they will start collecting items to make a nest. They will tear and use fabric and insulation to make a nest. If they chew the powerlines, they can cause power outages and even fires.
Trapping and Removals
Squirrels are a huge risk to people because their poop contains many chemicals and possibly illnesses. Squirrels can also bite humans, but it is unlikely to be bitten by them. However, you should not go near squirrels that are in your home. If you think there are squirrels or rodents in your home, we will place traps in safe locations. Once the squirrels are in the traps, our technician will remove the squirrels from your home. We can also find where the squirrels are entering from and close the hole.
If you think that your house has squirrels, you should contact us for squirrel pest control prevention in Southend-on-Sea. We offer a free audit to make sure that we understand your pest problems, so we can create a specialised plan for you.