How To Go About Killing Squirrels In The House -
A squirrel infestation in your home looks bad, not only can they damage your property, but they can also spread diseases. Because of that it may seem reasonable to think of killing squirrels in the house. You should know that the option of killing the squirrels should always be the last
squirrel control option because in most situations it is not necessary to do so. If the squirrel is in a room where it can escape to the outside it will probably do so with a little encouragement and there are also plenty of live traps in the market today.
If you have tried everything and killing squirrels in the house seems like the only option then you want to use lethal traps that will work effectively and fast. If the room does not have many places where the squirrel can hide and there is no escape route then poison can be
tried, but it almost never works. If you set it, make sure that any poison that was not used is out of the reach of children and household pets, because I've seen more pets
eat poison than it actually solving squirrel problem! Also make sure that the entire area is searched for poison that may have been moved by the squirrel so that traces
of it are not left behind the squirrel. In short, it's a bad idea to use poison. Lethal traps do work, but they are rare to find and difficult to set. If you want this,
you can call a wildlife pest control service to remove squirrels. For more info, read my How to Kill Squirrels
- Can you use poison to kill squirrels and solve the problem?
Eastern Gray Squirrel Information
The native range of the sciurus carolinensis or Eastern Gray Squirrel is predominately the Midwest to Eastern parts of the United States. The fox squirrel which looks very similar crosses ranges with this guy and carries on further west. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is highly adaptable to new regions and has been known to displace other squirrel species when it gets introduced to their living areas, such as the red squirrel in Britain.
These small mammals have dense fur that is usually grey and sometimes brown in color. Quite often in the cities there are many of these mammals that have brown or white coats. These colorations occur more often in the city because there is less risk for predation and white and black donít offer much by way of camouflage. They are also known for foraging and making several caches that they will use to store food both for short term and long term recovery. Itís not unusual to go about some fall planting and discover you are on top of an area squirrels have used to bury their food. They can be aggressive when cornered and if a predator is after one, others have been known to attack and distract to save their companion.
Life Cycle And Reproduction:
These tiny mammals mate twice a year, often between December and January then again in May through June therefore they are usually born in either February or March and again in June or July. The females are pregnant for close to 44 days after which she will deliver between two and five young. She will nurse them for about seven weeks and they will leave the nest at about ten weeks. These babies are capable of having their own at just over five months, though more generally this first litter is born after they are over a year old.
In their natural home the Eastern Gray Squirrel likes to live in dense forests full of older trees. They will build nests in hollows and forks in wide branches. In thick forests such as this there is enough for them to easily feed off of. With the squirrels that live in more urban settings they enjoy living quite close to people as they can often scavenge off their rubbish and they will create nests and live in attics, lofts of garages and other tall, sheltered places.
They enjoy eating insects, nuts, seeds, some tree bark, fungi and moss. It is also not unusual for them to gnaw on bones, antlers or turtle shells as well as eat small rodents, frogs and birdís nests when food is low.
Common Diseases These Animals Can Spread:
In actuality these mammals donít have many diseases that they can pass to humans. They do have problems with parasites, such as worms, fleas, tick and other parasites. In addition if a colony moves into an attic or the loft of a garage there can be a buildup of their scat. There can be so much bacteria and fungus that gets airborne, some of the leptospirosis or Salmonella.
Common Nuisance Complaints:
These critters are most often annoying when they move into your attic. This part of the home is ideal for them to create nests and dens and in addition, they love to chew so will work their way through wood, insulation and electrical cords. The destruction from a family of squirrels living in an attic can cause damage to the home as well as even start an electrical fire. Many times people hear them making a great deal of noise in the morning and early evening hours while they are in the attic building nests. It is often not unusual for people to complain of these guys tossing flower beds to steal bulbs or to plant their own caches to get through the winter as well.
24/7 Wildlife Removal operates in the Greater Orlando area of central Florida. This is a specialty wildlife removal business. Wild animal control is all I do - I
do not spray poison for insect control. I provide squirrel trapping and removal for squirrel control. I do not run an exterminating business or a pest control
business, I run a nuisance wildlife business. I do not provide extermination of squirrels, but humane trapping and relocation. I specialize in getting squirrels out
of your attic, soffit, or ceiling. If you want to get rid of your squirrel problem once and for all, give me a call!
If you have any questions about squirrel control, email me, or you can hire one of the companies that I recommend. Or read more about squirrels here:
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