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.
If you live in Eads 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.
However, like most wildlife squirrels are extremely food motivated. These bushy-tailed little fellows will do anything to reach their food source, and that includes chewing their way through siding, shingles and soffits!
The reason squirrels are always chewing 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. To avoid that, squirrels will chew on anything that helps wear down their teeth.
Squirrels can damage your soffits. 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.
Our wildlife technicians will assess the situation, find the entry points and holes that the squirrels created, and we even provide a repair service to ensure the problem is fully solved. Sometimes a squirrel hole is very hard to find – and that’s where we really shine! We work hard to find all points of entry – and will even identify potential spots that the squirrels may use to gain entry to your attic in the future.
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 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. Our highly trained technicians are skilled at inspection your home for squirrel entry points. Apex Wildlife Control specializes in the safe and humane removal of problem squirrels. After the squirrel has been caught, we will seal up your roof so that you will not have any more little "visitors"!
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 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 can damage insulation. Squirrels and other rodents love nesting in insulation. This can cause holes or bare areas where heat or cool air can escape easier, making your costs of heating and cooling higher, not to mention the cost of repairs. Squirrel insulation damage can be one of the most costly damages to fix. When a homeowner has a squirrel infestation, it is only a matter of time before their attic’s insulation is ruined and their bank account will not be happy about it. In addition, fecal matter and urine will also work its way through the insulation and severely damage the sheetrock beneath. Eventually, stains will begin to show through on the ceiling below. This not only looks bad, but can negatively impact the health of your family.
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.
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 have a little unwanted, bushy-tailed visitor causing these problems around your home, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today. Our technicians are skilled at safely and humanely trapping and relocation problem squirrels for you! We put the squirrels back out in the trees where they belong.