Squirrels may look cute and cuddly, but in the wild, they are anything but. They spend their time digging around the garbage, rolling around in the dirt, and carrying a whole host of fleas, ticks, and mites. They are best kept at a distance, but sometimes that is not possible. They will invade your Knoxville backyard and sometimes even your home, making it their own. They can come in through a variety of ways, and soon you will hear them scratching and chewing around in your attic and walls.
Different Squirrels In The Area
There are five different types of squirrels here in Knoxville that you may need to worry about destroying your backyard, home, or even your business. The ones you will see most common are the following:
- Eastern Gray Squirrel
- American Red Squirrel
- Fox squirrel
- Northern Flying Squirrel
- Southern Flying Squirrel
There are many other slight variations in these squirrel species with different colorings, sizes, and lifespans. Still, overall when it comes to the damage they can do, they are generally the same. You will most likely not mistake squirrels for another kind of pest or rodent as they have their distinctive body shape and tail, but it is important to keep an eye out and know which type of squirrels are on your property.
Potential Damage Of Squirrels
When squirrels are outside, the damage they cause is not too significant, but it is something that many households still want to avoid. Squirrels will take over whatever birdfeeders you may have, sometimes even destroying them to get the seeds inside. Because they are so adept at getting the seeds, other wildlife like birds you may want will begin to go to other locations. Squirrels will also chew through whatever outdoor cushions you may have and bins, as they are looking for stuffing for their nests and food.
An additional consideration that many people do not think about squirrels is that they bring other predators with them. Hawks, bobcats, coyotes, and many other predators see squirrels as a source of food.
During the colder months, squirrels may venture from the outside and start nesting in your home. If there are easy entry points, they will come into your home and find warmth and food. Squirrels can also carry other pests like mange mites, fleas, and ticks, so it is essential to take care of them before they get into your home.
There are wire-cage traps and box traps that can be used to get rid of the squirrels if removing points of entry and access to food do not work, but this is a last-ditch effort and it is recommended that you leave it to the professionals. An animal like a squirrel that has been trapped will resort to highly frantic and violent measures to escape, something that we are trained to handle.
Finding Professional Help
When you have a squirrel problem, you should get some professional assistance. They have the experience and the knowledge to implement their wildlife control process and take care of the issue. Here at Dead End Exterminating, we take care of customers’ pest problems and build long-term relationships so future issues can also be solved.
For our wildlife control process, we like to inspect, treat, and conduct numerous follow-up services. First, we inspect the home, inside and out, to try and identify which areas are most affected and most appealing to the squirrels. Then we can begin our treatments, eliminating the infestation and preventing new ones from starting. We will trap and remove the animal, taking precautions all along the way, and additionally, we will treat the exterior of the perimeter, ensuring future activity will also be eliminated.
Lastly, Dead End Exterminating provides quarterly follow-up services to monitor the pest situation all year long. Re-treatments will also be available if more problems come up.