If you live in Cordova TN, you’re probably surrounded by these little gray rodents. Squirrels cause a range of love-hate emotions! Some individuals 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.
Squirrels can damage shingles. Their razor-like claws and teeth can tear down your roof. They will cut a new hole in the roof shingles or rip through and enlarge a current one to gain access into your attic. Squirrels will invade a roof for a variety of reasons. Mating, a surge in predators, a reduction in habitat upon which to establish dens, or even cold weather are examples. Some typical ways for squirrels to gain access to your roof are through roof vents, roof-soffit crisscrossing, gable vents, and uncapped chimneys.
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. Once another animal has caught the scent of an animal in an attic, that animal will also try to access the attic thinking it must make a good place to live!
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! Mother squirrels are good at finding the best places to raise their babies. 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 point.
Squirrels can breed 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.
We are lucky to have these clever, charismatic creatures living among us, but like most wild animals, the best way to appreciate squirrels is to watch them, not interact with them. Feeding wildlife is generally a bad idea, since it portrays people as a food source and could discourage natural foraging. Some squirrels can also transmit diseases to humans, and even healthy ones aren’t above biting our fingers.
So if you are looking for safe and humane squirrel trapping and relocation, give us a call! Let us take the wildlife out of your home and put it back in the trees where belongs. At Apex Wildlife Control, our skilled wildlife technicians can quickly solve your squirrel problems!