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How to Make Your Home Less Attractive to Squirrels

Make Your Home Less Inviting to Squirrels
Make Your Home Less Inviting to Squirrels

With the cold weather settling in, the last thing you want is squirrels taking up residence in your attic. As your NJ squirrel control specialists, we’d like to offer you a few tips on how to keep those pesky critters out of your home.

Tip #1: Repair any holes – If your home or garage has holes in the walls or in the roof, they’re inviting unwanted squirrels inside. Make sure you do a thorough inspection, and you might even consider hiring a roofer to inspect your roof for you. If you find holes, seal them up right away.

Tip #2: Keep tree branches trimmedSquirrels can jump pretty far, and if you have trees next to your house, it’s important to trim the branches regularly. Experts indicate that a distance of at least six feet is usually sufficient. For larger trees, it’s a good idea to hire a tree service to trim the branches for you.

Tip #3: Avoid using bird feeders – Many homeowners don’t realize that squirrels enjoy the bird seed they put in their bird feeders. It’s smart to rid your yard of them to deter squirrels, or you could pick an alternative kind of bird seed that squirrels really don’t like.

By making these changes, you just might make it through the winter squirrel-free. If you do need NJ squirrel control services, the experts at Allison Pest Control are available. Contact us!

Five Interesting Facts About Squirrels in Your Attic

Squirrel Control
Squirrel Control

To a squirrel, your attic makes the perfect home, with warmth and security ideal for nesting and hibernation. Here are 5 intriguing facts about squirrels that help understand why they like your attic so much:

Squirrels can bite with 22,000 pounds of pressure—enough to chew through plastic and aluminum. If squirrels cannot find a vulnerability in your roof or siding, they can create a hole and enter your home through a variety of materials.

A two-inch hole is big enough for squirrels to enter. Basically, they can squeeze through any hole as big as their skulls.

Babies don’t start wandering in their first 8–14 weeks. If your attic gets chosen for a squirrel nest, you’ll have babies creating a huge mess for a few months. Careful extraction of a family of squirrels requires the expertise of a pest control professional.

Squirrels hibernate in winter, but will move in earlier. If they find “real estate” they like before winter hits, squirrels will move into your attic before December.

In some years, squirrels produce an extra litter. Weather and food patterns can result in population booms that make more squirrels seek sturdy shelter like attics.

If you have squirrels in your attic or you want to take preventive steps, talk to us at Allison Pest Control about squirrel control measures.

Squirrels may be difficult to get rid of yourself, why take the chance of a squirrel attack or damage to your attic. Squirrels are not a one time problem, once they have nested they will return year after year to the same location. Call the squirrel eradication experts at Allison Pest Control today for a free estimate of services and be squirrel-free this winter.

In Your Attic, How Flying Squirrel Different Than Ground Squirrels?

There's A Difference
There’s A Difference

Has your home become a nesting ground for flying squirrels? These rodents differ from regular ground squirrels in many ways besides the fact that they can glide through the air. As nocturnal creatures, flying squirrels can quietly take over an attic and become quite the nuisance for households in New Jersey.

Identifying Flying Squirrels in New Jersey

We see two species in the area around Ocean County and Monmouth County: the Northern and Southern flying squirrels. The Southern flying squirrel is actually most common in New Jersey.

These creatures look much like small ground squirrels but have a membrane of skin that can expand like a cape to help them fly. They glide through the air by getting a running start and extending their arms and legs outward to catch the air with their webbed limbs.

Many homeowners don’t see flying squirrels at first, instead noticing the damage they cause in their nocturnal habits. Instead of crushing nuts like ground squirrels do, they tend to bite a round hole to get to the food inside.

Flying Squirrel Pest Control

Flying squirrels often live in tree holes and abandoned bird homes. When they move into your attic, they tend to hoard lots of food. Damage includes gnawed wood, chewed wiring, and stinky squirrel waste.

Removal can be difficult because flying squirrels will return to nest unless they are taken at least a mile away.

They may seem funny at first, but flying squirrels quickly become a nuisance with a real possibility of severe property damage. If you’ve heard squirrel activity at night or found evidence, contact Allison Pest Control to help control your flying squirrel problem.

As NJ pest control leaders and Monmouth County pest control providers, we’ve been servicing your friends and neighbors for years. We invite you to find out why Allison Pest Control is the firm you should call when you think you may have squirrels in your attic today.

Squirrel Control: How to Get Rid of the Squirrels Invading Your Home

Squirrel Control
Squirrel Control

Squirrels are everywhere. It does not matter if you live in a rural area, the suburbs or a bustling city; they will find a way to thrive in the area that you live in. Sometimes, that means that they will live in your home.

Squirrels will get into the walls, the attic, cabinets and every other area of your home, and they are rarely discreet. They make noises, try to eat your food and generally make your home less hospitable for you.

Fortunately, this is not a problem that you have to live with. Here is how to get a squirrel problem under control:

Do NOT try to poison the squirrels yourself

Although you may desperately want to get rid of the squirrel problem, killing them yourself will leave you with another problem: A reeking home. Also, poison should not be used in homes with children or pets in the first place.

Let the squirrels out

Sometimes a squirrel is in your home because it got stuck. Create a way for it to get out and then…

…Seal any openings

Like all rodents, squirrels can squeeze their bodies through impossibly small spaces. Don’t give them an opportunity to do this.

Call a squirrel control professional

When a squirrel finds a place it likes, it is extremely difficult to convince it to stay elsewhere. Due to this fact, even after you have done all of the above things, it could still find a way to get back into your home. That is why the best way to permanently get rid of a squirrel problem is to contact a squirrel control professional like Allison Pest Control.

Russians Making Pets of Pesky Squirrels

In Moscow, police are stepping up patrols of city parks, hoping to catch a new breed of criminal in the act: squirrel trappers. Keeping squirrels as pets is a popular new fad in winter-weary Moscow where folks who find these furry rodents charming are enticing park squirrels into homemade traps and taking them home. The practice is illegal and subject to heavy fines but squirrel fans have not been deterred. Demand for pet squirrels has become so great that local “entrepreneurs” are trapping park squirrels and reselling them for as much as $144.

Exotic Pets

There was a time when America had a similar love affair with squirrels. Squirrels were not uncommon pets in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Some people still keep the small rodents as pets; and certain squirrel species are allowed as exotic pets in some states. There’s a Squirrel Lovers Club on the internet with tips for keeping pet squirrels; but you’ll also find numerous veterinarian and animal rights groups actively opposed to caging of these wild animals as pets on humanitarian and human safety grounds.

A Top NJ Wildlife Pest

Whether you enjoy watching these aerobatic animals scampering around your Monmouth County backyard or feel you blood pressure spike when these crafty thieves find a new way to steal the seed in your birdfeeder, Eastern gray squirrels are one New Jersey’s top wildlife pests. Squirrels nesting in Ocean County attics carry parasites and disease, foul insulation, gnaw stored treasures and pose a fire threat should they gnaw through electrical wires.

These clever animals can be difficult to trap and dangerous to remove. If squirrels invade your home, call the NJ animal control experts at Allison Pest Control for safe, humane squirrel removal.

Squirrels Can Damage New Jersey Trees

New Jersey squirrels always seem to be gnawing on something. Their gnawing behavior has a purpose. Like rats and other rodents, squirrels’ teeth grow constantly. Their incessant gnawing is necessary to keep their teeth sharp and worn down to the proper length for eating. If squirrels stopped gnawing, their teeth would soon outgrow their mouths and the animals would starve to death.

But their need to gnaw only partially explains a curious winter behavior that concerns many Monmouth County, NJ residents. Around this time of year and into spring, it is not unusual to see squirrels chewing the bark off tree branches. Bark stripping seems to serve two purposes. It exposes the tree’s nutrient-rich cambium layer hidden beneath the bark which may serve as a food source for hungry squirrels. Squirrels also use strips of bark in nest building and to line their nests before giving birth.

Bark stripping can damage Ocean County, NJ landscape trees. Removal of the tree’s protective bark exposes the plant’s softer inner layers, increasing the risk of disease and insect damage. A healthy tree will usually recover from squirrel damage, but recovery from extensive bark stripping may take some time during which leafing and blooming may suffer. Squirrels tend to strip bark only from the top sides of upper branches, rarely girdling the branch. Girdling cuts off the tree’s nutrient source and will cause the tree to die.

Squirrels that persistently damage trees may be nesting nearby, possibly in your attic. Squirrels are aggressive and not easily deterred. If squirrels are living in your attic or damaging your trees, contact Allison Pest Control’s wildlife removal experts for safe, humane trapping and removal of nuisance wildlife.