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Sharp Teeth and Persistence Make Squirrels a Formidable Pest

Squirrels may seem cute when they’re leaping through the branches of your backyard trees; but when they move into your attic, these tree-dwelling rodents quickly go from cute to headache. Common along the Eastern Seaboard from Canada to Florida, the Eastern gray squirrel found in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey is one of the most common and often most troublesome nuisance animal pests.

Squirrels typically build their nests in the hollows of hardwood trees or construct messy nests of leaves in tree branches. But if these wily animals can find a way into your toasty New Jersey attic, they’ll take up residence in your home. Once inside, squirrels can do considerable damage with their sharp claws and teeth, will foul insulation with their waste and have started fires chewing through exposed electrical wires. Squirrels also carry mites, ticks, worms and other disease-ridden parasites into your home.

If squirrels find a small hole or soft spot in your soffit, eaves or roof, they’ll use their sharp teeth to enlarge it and move in. With mating season nearly here, squirrels are looking for safe, warm places to raise their young. Litters of two to seven young are born about six weeks after mating. Infants blind and helpless at birth but grow quickly and are independent in just eight to 10 weeks. Most squirrels have a second litter in mid-summer.

Once squirrels find a way in into your New Jersey home, these persistent animals can be very difficult to remove. Squirrels are very excitable. A frightened or cornered squirrel may attack, scratching and biting, particularly if young are present. Live trapping by Allison Pest Control’s experienced squirrel removal experts is the safest, most humane way to rid your New Jersey home of squirrels.

Don’t Let Squirrels Turn Up the Heat in Your Home

Squirrels may not be the natural association that comes to mind when you think of house fires. However, the fact is that it’s a real possibility if these unwanted guests set up shop in your attic. Once they start in on your home’s wiring with their razor-sharp teeth, the results can be damaging and costly.

Last summer a New York Times Magazine writer tracked 50 reports of squirrel-related power outages in 24 states over just a three-month period. There are numerous stories of unlucky home owners who have been similarly victimized, such as a couple in Columbia, SC who suffered $90,000 in damages resulting from invading squirrels gnawing through electrical wiring.

What makes these wires such an attractive target for squirrels? Their front teeth never stop growing. Just as cats need to scratch to keep their claws trimmed, squirrels need to chew to keep their teeth at a manageable length. While your attic provides a nice warm nesting place, there’s no access to acorns, tree bark or other items they usually use to nibble on. They end up making do with whatever is available, including structural wood, insulation and electrical wires.

If you suspect that squirrels have infested your home, don’t wait until it reaches a danger point. The Monmouth County NJ squirrel control experts at Allison Pest Control can help with safe and humane removal. Our professional services include thorough cleaning and sanitation of the affected area to prevent any lingering problems. Contact us at 800.564.4585 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

What Damage Can Squirrels Cause in Your Attic?

Do you think of squirrels as those cute furry animals frolicking in your yard and nibbling on acorns? You’ll have a lot darker picture of them when you learn what havoc they can wreck in your attic.

Squirrels view your home as just a different type of tree with the attic serving as that big hollow space they love to inhabit. Thanks to their climbing ability they can access the smallest hole or crevice at the top of the house to enter undetected.

Once inside, they’ll carry on all their usual outdoor activities. In fact, your first clue as to their presence is probably the sound of them scurrying overhead. Those sharp teeth they use on acorns can quickly do serious damage to both the attic’s structure and any items stored inside. Chewed electrical wiring can pose a real threat of fire.

A squirrel’s pungent urine can also be as destructive as a water leak. It saturates the insulation and causes damage as it soaks into the ceilings below. Their feces are also difficult to clean up and may carry germs such as salmonella. Squirrels can also bring along other unwanted guests in the form of ticks and fleas that may infest both humans and pets.

The NJ squirrel control experts at Allison Pest Control can rid your home of this problem. Our trained and licensed technicians will safely and efficiently remove all traces of squirrel infestation as well as repair minor damage to eliminate the points of access. Contact us at 800.564.4585 for expert answers to your questions.

Squirrel Families – Visitors You Don’t Want

During the winter, a lot of the animals that you would normally see outside seek refuge indoors where it’s nice and warm. On the whole, we’ve done a great job of developing our neighborhoods in this country, so animals like mice, squirrels and birds have less options outside, so they look for other places to hang out during the winter. That’s why homes like yours are such a popular place for them.

We get a lot of phone calls for people requesting squirrel control for their homes. Contrary to popular belief squirrels aren’t just cute little animals who will hide out in your home for the winter. They’re really noisy with all of their scurrying around, and they can cause a great deal of damage to your home, as well as to your belongings.

It’s not uncommon to find a home where squirrels have chewed through electric wiring, or used their claws and teeth to make holes in the structure of the house. Not to mention, the smell can be rather overpowering. Their urine and their droppings can seep into your walls and ruin anything you might have put into storage in your attic.

If you’re looking for humane squirrel control, we can help. It’s important to choose a company you can trust to rid you of those pesky squirrels once and for all. This winter, if you hear scratching or scurrying around in your attic or in your walls, contact us so we can take care of your squirrel problem, once and for all.

How Many Babies Can a Squirrel Have?

It’s that time of year again, and we’re starting to get lots of calls here at Allison Pest Control about squirrels. Maybe you even have a squirrel problem all your own.

You’ll know you have a squirrel problem in your home if you hear them scurrying about. They really like to hang out in attics, but it’s not uncommon for them to find a spot down in the wall. Squirrels have their babies in the spring, and one of the questions we get from customers who have squirrel control issues is, “How many babies can squirrels have?”

A litter of squirrels usually consists of four babies. Of course, now that it’s winter, that means those “babies” are all grown up, and if they’ve found a home in your attic, you’re in for a lot of noise and potential destruction.

However, there is hope! We specialize in squirrel control, so those little pests don’t have to be bothering you for very long. We use completely humane methods, so there’s no need to worry about us missing a dead squirrel in your attic. We’ll trap the squirrels, not harm them. Then, they will be released in an area where they won’t be a problem for anyone.

Once we’re sure we’ve rid your house of squirrels (including any babies), we’ll patch up the holes where they probably came in. That way, you won’t have to worry about them becoming a problem in the future.

You want peace of mind, and we can give it to you. Contact us today!

NJ Squirrels Can Be Destructive House Guests

Squirrels’ acrobatic antics may make them welcome backyard visitors during the winter, but they make lousy house guests if they decide to move into your Monmouth County, NJ attic. The first chilly nights send squirrels looking for warm winter shelter. As the leaves fall, you can usually spot their messy, leaf-stuffed nests perched on tree branches. But if squirrels can find a way in, your attic may prove equally attractive.

Like all rodents, squirrels have malleable bodies and are able to squeeze through surprisingly small holes and cracks in roofing materials. They may climb into attics through vent openings or use their sharp teeth to enlarge small holes in shingles, siding or fascia boards. The destruction continues once squirrels gain access to your attic. Squirrels gnaw incessantly, the behavior necessitated by their constantly growing teeth. They’ll gnaw on wood beams, stored treasures and have even been known to start fires by gnawing on exposed electric wires.

But gnawing is just the tip of the iceberg if squirrels move into your New Jersey home. Squirrels will foul insulation with their urine and feces. These rodents carry rabies and harbor fleas, ticks, worms, mites and other parasites. And their stored food supplies, which they like to keep close to their nests, can attract secondary insect infestations.

Even worse, if squirrels aren’t shown the door; spring litters could compound your problem – and the damage done to your home. Don’t take a chance on squirrel damage. Inspect your home for animal damage and call the squirrel control experts at Allison Pest Control if you suspect your attic is harboring unwanted guests.