While you may enjoy watching the acrobatic antics of squirrels outside in your yard, squirrels that have invaded your home can pose a pesky problem. Preserve the amusement and avoid destruction and aggravation with these squirrel prevention tips…
Squirrel prevention 101:
As part of the rodent family, squirrels have to constantly gnaw to keep their teeth down. They may chew – and cause extensive damage to – many surfaces of your home. Squirrels may even going so far as to chew a hole into your roof, eaves, or walls to enter the attic, inflicting considerable damage once inside. Fortunately, prevention is simple.
Seal all openings, paying special attention to vents which often have flimsy or corroded screens that are easily gnawed through. Use a ladder to inspect any areas you cannot see from the ground.
Check where roof lines meet and where the eaves touch the roof, sealing off possible access points.
Inspect soffit vents for properly sized covers that prevent access. (Squirrels can fit through holes as small as 1.5 inches in diameter!)
Install a snug-fitting steel chimney cap to prevent chimney access.
When addressing known access points or visibly chewed areas, be certain to use steel flashing or steel screen to curtail meddlesome munching.
Don’t wait to take action to remove squirrels as once they choose a place to nest, they will return year after year and even teach their squirrel babies how to get into your attic to overwinter. When you choose us for squirrel removal, we humanely capture your squirrels, clean, and sanitize the damaged areas.
They may not flit through the trees, but groundhogs are members of the squirrel family. Excellent burrowers, these rodents are also called woodchucks because they typically live along the edges of woodland areas. Loss of habitat and the lure of easy food supplies have brought groundhogs into more frequent contact with Monmouth County, New Jersey residents.
Brown and furry with short bushy tails, groundhogs weigh between 4 and 10 pounds. Like other nuisance wildlife, they are a frequent problem where homes or shopping areas have replaced animal habitats. These animals can present a serious hazard to family members and pets if they move into in your yard. Trees and landscape plants with low-growing branches, sheds, porches and decks provide the sheltered protection these animals seek when locating their underground dens.
You may see groundhogs emerging from their dens near dusk to forage for food. They may look cute, especially when babies are present; but groundhogs are vicious protectors with sharp teeth and claws. To prevent injury, never approach or allow your pets to approach groundhogs or any other wild animal.
Damage to Lawns and Gardens
The scourge of home gardeners, a family of groundhogs can decimate a vegetable garden in a single night. They can also cause serious damage to lawns as they dig for grubs under the soil. While groundhogs are less likely than opossums, skunks or raccoons to dig their dens in well-trafficked areas outside your home, the dens and tunnels of wild animals can undermine foundations. These animals can also bring fleas, ticks, mites, round worms and other parasites, as well as diseases such as distemper and rabies into your yard.