People often overlook squirrels as potential pests in their home. They’re so familiar to most people because you see them everywhere. But what many people don’t know is that pests can present a significant problem to people in the colder months. You may think they are used to humans therefore not a threat, but don’t be fooled. If they feel threatened they can be dangerous, and in the winter, they can try to become your unwanted roommate. Squirrels can cause all of the problems other rodents can- chewing through wires and insulation, even walls. So, what should you do? The first step is getting to know squirrels better, that way you can protect you and your home against them.
Is That a Squirrel?
You’ve probably seen squirrels around your whole life, and their big bushy tails are their signature. You can also tell a squirrel by their short, soft fur and big, black eyes. Their fur color can be brown, gray, brown, red, black and yellow.
Squirrels Eat Nuts, Right?
It’s a popular belief that squirrels only eat nuts, but they actually have quite a varied diet. They’re omnivores, so they enjoy vegetables and plants. In the wild, they eat mushrooms, fruits, nuts, seeds and even animal eggs. It may surprise you to learn that squirrels also indulge in small animals, small snakes, insects and caterpillars. They also prepare for winter by burying their food.
A Squirrel’s Haunt
Squirrels do live in trees or in nests they create in branches. But, they are not above seeking out more advanced shelter in the winter – including your home.
Surely Squirrels Aren’t That Dangerous
The jury is still out as to whether or not squirrels are harbingers of disease, but you should always err on the side of safety. Avoid contact with squirrels when you can and if you are ever bitten you need to have it checked out ASAP.
While squirrels may not be that much of a physical threat to humans, they can be dangerous to your dwelling. Just like mice and other rodents they love to chew, and they don’t discriminate when it comes to their chewing habits. They can gnaw through electrical wires, walls, and insulation. No doubt if you have squirrels in your house you will hear them, too.
What You Can Do
If you prefer to look at squirrels from afar and don’t want them in your home there are several things you can do to keep them out of your house in the winter. Make sure you:
- Seal up your house. Any potential entry points such as cracks or other small openings need to be fixed.
- Make sure your vents are screened as well as the opening to your chimney if you have one.
- Keep food stored up tight and get rid of garbage.
- Keep tree limbs cut back, at least, six to eight feet from your roof.
If you think you may have a squirrel infestation, call the experts at GreenArmy to help you get rid of this problem before it drives you nuts!