When you look outside on a cool fall day you are likely to see a squirrel sniffing around for food. It is a natural sight at this time of year, and they are harmless, right? Well, although they probably aren’t going to attack you when you go out your front door, they can prove to be pests. In fact, a survey of the National Pest Control Association voted the tree squirrel as the number one nuisance animal in the United States.
The important thing to remember is that squirrels are rodents. While you may feel they are “cuter” than rats or mice, in the pest world they are very close. They can cause a variety of problems including damaging trees, flowers, gardens and lawns, as well as vehicles and homes. Squirrels can also cause severe damage to attic insulation and walls, and they chew electrical wires in homes and vehicles, creating a fire hazard.
The easiest way to tell the difference between mice and squirrels in your attic or walls is the time of activity. If it is silent during the day but you here squeaking and running at night, it is most likely mice. However if you are hearing things in your walls during the day, such as chewing or clicking noises, it’s probably squirrels.
Here are a few interesting facts about squirrels:
- There are more than 200 species of squirrel around the world, though there are none living naturally in Australia.
- The smallest squirrel, the African pigmy squirrel, is only 5 inches long from tail to nose. On the other end of the spectrum, the Indian giant squirrel is 3 feet long!
- Female squirrels typically give birth to 2-8 offspring, several times a year.
- Baby squirrels are blind and totally dependent on their mothers for 2-3 months after birth.
If you think you may have a squirrel problem do not panic. Dealing with squirrels is a fairly easy process and we can help. Just give us a call at 804-737-7777.