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Squirrel Invasion: Battling the Spring Infestation

February 29, 2024

Secured Environments Pest & Wildlife Services - Squirrel Invasion

Ah, springtime! The season of blooming flowers, gentle breezes, and... squirrels? While these furry creatures might seem adorable as they scamper around, they can quickly become a nuisance when they decide to take up residence in your home or yard. As temperatures rise and food becomes more plentiful, squirrel populations tend to surge, leading to potential infestations. In this blog post, we'll explore the challenges of dealing with a squirrel infestation in spring and offer some practical tips for managing the situation.

Understanding the Spring Surge

Spring marks the beginning of the breeding season for many squirrel species. As the days lengthen and temperatures become milder, squirrels become more active, seeking out mates and establishing territories. Additionally, the abundance of newly sprouted vegetation and budding trees provides them with ample food sources to support growing populations.

This surge in squirrel activity can lead to conflicts with humans, especially when the critters decide to nest in attics, crawl spaces, or chimneys. Not only can these unwanted guests cause structural damage to your home, but they can also pose health risks and create a mess with their droppings and debris.

Signs of a Squirrel Infestation

Identifying a squirrel infestation early is key to preventing further damage. Here are some common signs to watch out for:

  • Scratching and Scampering: If you hear scratching or scampering noises coming from your attic or walls, especially during the daytime, there's a good chance you have squirrels taking up residence.
  • Droppings: Squirrel droppings are typically small and cylindrical, resembling pellets. Look for them in areas where squirrels frequent, such as attics, crawl spaces, or near bird feeders.
  • Damage to Property: Squirrels are notorious chewers and may gnaw on wood, electrical wiring, and insulation in your home. Keep an eye out for signs of chew marks or damage to these materials.
  • Nesting Materials: Squirrels will gather leaves, twigs, and other debris to build their nests. If you find piles of nesting material in your attic or other secluded areas, it's a strong indicator of squirrel activity.

When dealing with a squirrel infestation requires a combination of prevention and intervention strategies. It is best to seek professional help. If the infestation persists or if you're dealing with a large population of squirrels, consider enlisting the help of pest control professionals. They can safely and effectively remove the animals from your property.

While squirrels may be a charming presence in the great outdoors, they can quickly become a headache when they invade your home or yard. By staying vigilant and implementing preventive measures, you can minimize the risk of squirrel infestation and protect your property from damage. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the furry invaders, don't hesitate to seek assistance from Secured Environments Pest & Wildlife Services. With persistence and proper management, you can reclaim your space and enjoy a squirrel-free spring season.

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