Category Archives: Squirrels

Tell Me: What Squirrels Live in New Jersey?

Squirrels Can Carry the Plague
NJ Squirrels

The Garden State has more engineers and scientists per square mile than any other place on earth, according to the New Jersey State Society. Even New Jersey’s squirrels are smart. They notice the heat radiating from your home and know it can provide warmth and protection for them during the winter months. Here is bit more information:

Southern Flying Squirrels

The adults range in size from about 5 to 6 inches, not including their tail. They prefer living in the forest, but can be a problem for home owners in rural areas. They have exceptional night vision and a unique membrane between their front and back legs. This natural wing suit allows them to glide easily from tree to tree or to roof tops.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Adults reach body lengths from 9 to 12 inches; their tails add an additional 7 to 10 inches. According to New Jersey’s National Wildlife Control Operators Association, these squirrels can live up to 12 years in the wild. They reach sexual maturity at 5 and a half months and breed twice each year. Once in the summer and again in winter. That is when they really want in your attic.

These cute, clever and persistent creatures spread disease, destroy insulation, chew wood in attics, and cause numerous house fires each year. For humane removal and to prevent them from coming back, call the experts at Allison Pest Control.

How Acrobatic Are Squirrels – They’re Gold Medal Gymnasts!

Squirrels May Carry the Plague!
Natural Acrobats

Spring is in the air and so are those amazingly athletic squirrels. They scurry and leap so quickly that it is easy to miss their adept moves. This YouTube video slows down the action to show you how their persistence and dexterity pays off with an ample supply of seeds that were originally intended for birds.

Targeting your home

While the freestyle routine this little squirrel does on the bird feeder may be humorous to watch, it is less enjoyable when squirrels choose to put their skills to work finding a way into your attic. During the winter months, they notice warmth emanating from your home. Even if you keep trees pruned back away from your roof, they have plenty of time to figure out how they can gain entry and set up a nest.

Highly destructive

Once inside, they will destroy insulation, soil the drywall, and chew near constantly on wood and wires. Their teeth continue growing throughout their lifetime, so they are always chewing to keep their teeth worn back. Many house fires are caused each year by squirrels damaging the electrical wiring of homes. These cute little pest may also bring ticks and fleas inside your home that can infest your pets. Squirrel droppings are likely to contain Leptospirosis and salmonella.

Call the experts at Allison Pest Control today to eliminate any household pest and keep them from coming back.

Believe It or Not Squirrels Can Carry the Plague

Squirrels May Carry the Plague!
Squirrels May Carry the Plague!

When you hear the word “plague”, it usually conjures up thoughts of medieval times during the Middle Ages. In reality, plague is a health threat that still exists today. Even more surprising is the fact that it can be transmitted by a common but unlikely source.

Squirrels, along with chipmunks and other rodents, have been found to be carriers of the bacteria that causes plague. In 2012, public health officials in California’s El Dorado County were faced with an outbreak of hantavirus, a disease that produces flu-like symptoms which can sometimes be fatal. Several cases were traced back to Yosemite National Park, with five connected to the “signature tent cabins” of the Curry Village campground, one of the park’s most popular sites.

The California Department of Public Health regularly monitors rodents for plague. They offer the following tips to prevent becoming infected:

  • Never feed squirrels, chipmunks or other wild rodents.
  • Stay away from rodents that are injured, ill or dead.
  • Campers should avoid areas with signs of animal burrows.
  • Stay alert for warning signs and follow their instructions.
  • Keep pets under your control at all times.

If squirrels take up residence in your Monmouth County NJ home or business, don’t risk your health by dealing with it yourself. Our professional technicians are trained in safe, humane methods of animal removal. Visit our website to schedule an inspection.

Squirrel Poop 101 – The Key to Identification

Squirrels And Their Poop
Squirrels And Their Poop

What kind of rodent poop is littering your attic? It pays to know for effective pest eradication – and for preventing the transmission of diseases via that funky feces.

Differentiate the dung
The most common attic offenders are the red and gray squirrel.

  • Appearance
    Squirrel dung typically looks like a smattering of wild rice, as they begin dark brown and pale over time, producing a variety of shades.
  • Size
    About 3/8 inch long and 1/8 inch in diameter, gray squirrel stools are a bit larger and longer than red squirrel stools. Flying squirrel droppings are also similar in size.
  • Edges
    Squirrel droppings have soft, circular sides, while rat droppings are pointy on sides and thicker in the middle.
  • Distribution
    Squirrels typically deposit waste clusters in certain spots, while rat and mouse droppings will be strewn everywhere.

Risks to you and your family from the terrifying turds
Some of the worst issues you can have with squirrels involve their feces.

  • Salmonella
    Like food poisoning, presents as sickness and diarrhea in mild cases, but can result in life-threatening conditions in children and elderly. Typically treated with oral or IV hydration, hand washing for prevention is key.
  • Leptospirosis
    In most cases, mild flu-like symptoms with headache, body aches, and chills, though it can progress to organ failure and internal bleeding in serious cases. Can be treated with antibiotics.

Tired of manhandling manure in your home? Call Allison Pest Control today.

Little Known Facts About Squirrels

Squirrel Facts
Squirrel Facts

Though pesky when infiltrating areas to which they don’t belong, squirrels are nonetheless fascinating creatures. Did you know…

  • Squirrels are rodents of the genus Sciurus and large family Sciuridae, which includes chipmunks, marmots, and prairie dogs.
  • Groups of squirrels are called “scurries.”
  • There are 1,650 species of squirrel, which typically possess a large bushy tail, long erect ears, muscular hind legs, and sharp claws.
  • Squirrels are primarily tree dwelling, however some species live in burrows.
  • Squirrels can damage trees and nest in attics and chimneys of homes, becoming a pest.
  • Squirrel nests are referred to as “dreys.” Squirrels bear two litters per year of about three young, one between February-April and one between August-September.
  • Squirrels are capable of moving across and swinging between narrow branches, up and down inclines, crossing gaps, and deftly dealing with obstructions.
  • The tail of a squirrel provides the animal with balance, acts as a parachute, and is also used in communication.
  • Squirrels have excellent eyesight and smell, and groom quite often.
  • Squirrel teeth grow continuously. The animals chew to wear down growth – and often enjoy sharpening them on your home’s electrical wires!

Scurries scurrying through your home? Contact Allison today, as the squirrel removal experts for Monmouth County, Allison Pest Control will humanely remove your squirrels, sanitize and clean the problem areas, and do minor repairs to keep squirrels from coming back.

The Care and Feeding of Attic Squirrels – Just Kidding

Squirrel Control
Squirrel Control

The Care and Feeding of Attic Squirrels – Just Kidding

When your friends and family start to wonder about the squirrel colony you’ve got thriving in your attic, or you’ve started giving each one a name based solely on the unique sound it makes running across your bedroom ceiling at 3 a.m., it may be time to consider calling Allison Pest Control. There are several options available – some of which are more menacing than others – and catch and release traps are typically best when you’re just looking to evict and relocate your furry friends.

Catch and release traps can be placed in small, hard-to-get to spaces where squirrels may decide to set up shop. This humane method of capturing and controlling your squirrel population can help rid your home of noisy guests who don’t pay rent. (Our traps are too small for unwanted mother-in-laws, we apologize.)

With our expert knowledge of all things furry, creepy, or crawly, we’ve found that some of the best bait buffets for squirrels include: nuts, seeds, corn, peanut butter, and molasses. While a squirrel city may sound harmless, these fluffy-tailed rodents can do some serious damage to your home, property, and attic as they carve out their way in the world. Humane trapping means relocation to a bigger and better outdoor space, where they can happily continue their squirrel-lives.

When you are tired of hearing squirrel sounds coming from your attic, it is time to call Allison Pest Control and get the experts out to solve your squirrel problems.