If you live in Collierville TN, you’re probably surrounded by these little gray rodents. We offer humane squirrel trapping and removal for the Collierville area. We understand how squirrels can cause a range of love-hate emotions! Some homeowners find them adorable and love watching their crazy antics. Many people can’t stand having squirrels around, particularly on their bird feeders. These feeding enthusiasts are constantly battling these acrobatic rodents to keep them on the ground and away from the bird food.
Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. Squirrels are probably the most visible wildlife in our modern urban and suburban settings. However, they are a vital part of the ecosystems they inhabit. The most important role of squirrels in the ecosystem is forest regeneration. They are huge contributors in shaping plant composition due to their eating and food-saving habit.
Did you know that squirrels can jump vertically five feet? They can leap between objects that are over ten feet apart. Given that squirrels are less than 1/10th the size of a person, if you could do this, you would be a superhero — able to literally jump onto five-story buildings and clear buses and trucks in a single bound
Squirrels are extremely vocal. They bark, chatter, scream, and purr to communicate with one another. They also communicate through body language, by moving their tails and stomping their feet. Squirrel alarm calls are surprisingly complex. Eastern Gray Squirrels have a number of vocal and tail signals that have different meanings depending on how they are used. A squirrel’s twitching tail tells the tale!
Squirrels are nature’s foresters! They play an important role in reforestation with their habit of planning for the future by hiding nuts and tree seeds in hundreds of locations in the Fall to eat throughout the Winter. Called “scatter hoarding”, this pattern ensures that even if some of the buried food is found by other animals, enough will remain for the squirrel. Squirrels have an important ecological role, especially in forest ecosystems. They have a peculiar habit of taking seeds, which are their main source of nutrients, and burying them. Some seeds are never recovered and sprout, growing into trees.
Eastern Gray Squirrels mate in late winter. Several males compete for one female in a ritual chase at breakneck speeds up and down and through the trees, leaping from branch to branch. The female then selects the one she perceives as the strongest male, rarely mating with the same male again. This is nature’s way of preventing inbreeding and thus preserving the integrity of the species.
Squirrels will damage your roof and tear up the shingles to gain entry into your attic. Roof line issues like this are very common and we know exactly what we need to do to catch the squirrel who is calling your attic its home. After the squirrel has been caught, we will seal up your roof so that you will not have any more little "visitors"!
Squirrels can damage siding. If a squirrel has found a way in through some damaged siding, it can chew these damaged areas and make the problem worse. This may allow rainwater or moisture in the air to seep into the wood of your home, creating more damage, as well as allow other animals access to your home. The reason squirrels are chewing on things is because they have incisors. Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously throughout their lives, at a rate of about six inches per year! This helps their incisors endure the seemingly incessant gnawing, otherwise they’d quickly run out of teeth. This is a common characteristic of other rodents, as well. If squirrels don’t chew on something, their teeth will grow into their lower jaw and skull. To avoid that, squirrels will chew on anything that helps wear down their teeth.
Squirrels mate at least twice a year, so if you have squirrels in your attic now, you may have many more in the years to come unless you take care of it! Our certified wildlife technicians will inspect the outside of your home, closely checking the walls from the top to the bottom. Squirrels often use tree limbs to access the roof and then find weak spots on the corners or the dormer roof returns to gain entry into the attic. Our technicians are experts in identifying squirrel entry points.
Squirrels can damage wiring. Squirrels seem to have a knack for knocking out electricity! Electrical wires are no match for squirrel teeth. The thought of having a good-sized rodent nesting in your attic is bad enough, but squirrels can also cause serious problems with your home’s wiring. They chew on the insulation until the bare wire is exposed, then move on to to another spot and nibble some more. Next thing you know, you have sections of energized wire all over the attic that can come in direct contact with wood, the paper backing on insulation, or other combustibles. This is a fire waiting to happen!
Squirrels will mate twice a year, but younger and less experienced mothers normally have a single litter per year in the Spring. Breeding seasons are December to February and May to June. Normally, there are four babies born in each litter. Each is one inch long and weighs only one ounce. Baby squirrels are born entirely hairless and pink. The young are weaned around 10 weeks, and begin to leave the nest after 12 weeks. Only one in four squirrel babies survives to one year of age. Full adult body mass is by 8-9 months after birth.
Squirrels setting up housekeeping in your attic present a host of serious health hazards. Squirrel feces poses a threat of salmonella infection if handled improperly. Having rodents living inside your attic or walls is a huge problem. Everything from a squirrel’s hair to its saliva and urine can lead to a runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing/nasal congestion, and asthmatic symptoms. Squirrels also carry a number of parasites on their fur, including mites, lice, fleas and ticks. Each of these pests come with a laundry list of health concerns.
So if you have squirrels living inside your attic, walls or other areas of your home, it is imperative to get professional help as soon as possible. At Apex Wildlife Control, our skilled technicians have the knowledge, experience, and the necessary equipment to remove squirrels safely and efficiently.
Let us take the wildlife out of your home with safe, humane squirrel trapping methods. Give us a call today!