Squirrel Identification & Prevention

What are squirrels?

A type of rodent, squirrels belong to the Sciuridae family and are related to prairie dogs and chipmunks. Though there are more than 200 types of squirrels, the two most common species in Cumming, Georgia, are the gray squirrel and the flying squirrel. Both are types of tree squirrels and spend most of their time up in trees or on the roofs of buildings. 

Despite their name, squirrels come in various colors, such as white, gray, brown, and black. We typically identify them by their bushy tails and short ears that stand up and off their heads.

Flying squirrels are a smaller species of squirrel. They are named because they move from tree to tree using a flap of skin between their back and front legs to glide through the air. It is important to note that these squirrels are only capable of gliding, not true flight.

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Are squirrels dangerous?

Gray and flying squirrels are destructive pests that can cause damage around and inside our homes. Squirrels have sharp front incisors on their top and bottom jaws that they use to chew on and through different objects. 

They notoriously destroy birdfeeders trying to get the birdseed out. Squirrels can damage siding, trim, cables, wires, and pipes. They chew and dig through our homes' drywall, insulation, cabinets, and upholstered furniture. Squirrels can also be problematic in our yards, digging up yards and gardens. 

Squirrels also pose health risks. They contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria and pathogens they carry in their urine, excrement, and saliva, along with introducing parasites into yards and homes. Squirrels tend to be very territorial and aggressively defend themselves; you do not want to tango with a female protecting her babies.

Why do I have a squirrel problem?

Squirrels are problematic in our yards because our properties offer them the perfect habitat to call home. The many trees, utility lines, and buildings provide them places to live and travel aerially. Other things that attract the attention of squirrels include bird feeders, gardens, stacks of wood, yard debris, and areas of standing water. 

Once squirrels discover their needs can be met in your yard, deterring them can be challenging. Controlling squirrels with the help of a professional is the most effective way to take back your outdoor space from these destructive critters.

Where will I find squirrels?

Usually, a squirrel enters your home through damaged vent screens, uncapped chimneys, or loose shingles and siding. While squirrels prefer to nest and live outside, they sometimes move into our homes to escape harsh weather or as a safe place to nest and raise their young. 

Common areas where squirrels spend their time inside houses include wall voids, chimneys, attics, and vents. Squirrels also love to take cover inside outbuildings like sheds, garages, and barns. 

The most common sign that squirrels have found a way into your home is hearing running or scratching sounds behind walls and above ceilings. Seeing squirrels regularly on your home's roof is another sign that they could be moving in and out of your home.

How do I get rid of squirrels?

BigHeart Wildlife Removal is here to help you remove problematic squirrels from your home. We know how troublesome and persistent these rodents are and will work closely with you to take back your home from them. Our squirrel control service includes a thorough inspection, the installation of one-way, exclusion services, and reservice visits. We are here to provide our customers with fast, reliable, and affordable wildlife control services. For more information about squirrel and wildlife control in Cumming, please call and speak with one of our friendly professionals.

How can I prevent squirrels in the future?

Squirrels are constant visitors to our Cumming properties. Use the following prevention tips to make your property less attractive to them. 

  • Trim back tree limbs from your home's roofline and windows.

  • Place secure covers over vents.

  • Make sure your home's chimney has a cap. 

  • Patch gaps and holes around windows, doors, and along the roofline.

  • Remove bird feeders from your property.

  • Keep lids on trash cans.

  • Regularly harvest gardens and fruit trees.

  • Get rid of clutter from your yard and inside your home – especially storage spaces like attics.

To learn more about squirrel removal services, reach out to the experts at BigHeart Wildlife Removal now!

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