So you’ve made your Holiday guest list for the annual Christmas party and are ready to celebrate the season with your friends and family. Breaking through the sounds of holiday cheer and Kenny G seasonal classics, you detect peculiar scratching, chirping and screeching from the living room and have no idea where the sound is emanating from.
Stepping closer to the Christmas tree, you appallingly discover a brown squirrel, as it bolts your direction and scurries around the room, terrifying your guests and destroying your neatly decorated home. This sounds like a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! But no, this isn’t Chevy Chase and his family, this is your home and you now have a squirrel problem.
As cute as squirrels can be in commercials and on YouTube, squirrels in real life, can be startling and dangerous to wiring, cables and other infrastructure squirrels can nibble on between its vegetarian nut and leaf diet.
The most commonly encountered species of tree squirrels in Georgia are the gray squirrel, the red squirrel, and the fox squirrel. Learn more about the symptoms of a squirrel problem and how you can prevent an infestation in your home.
Hearing strange noises in your basement or attic? Squirrels are social animals, and therefore incredibly noisy. If you hear screeching, persistent scratching and shuffling these are common signs of a squirrel issue.
Bring out the pooper-scooper. Squirrels have droppings that are dark brown and spherical in shape which can easily be confused with that of a brown rat.
- Twigs, leaves and sticks
Squirrels have a vegetarian diet of twigs, sticks and leaves. If you are finding small foliage scraps around your basement or attic, it could be a strong sign that you have squirrel visitors taking up space in your residence.
Common spaces where squirrels can be found include vents, pipe penetrations, doors, miscellaneous holes found in brick, block, stone, and porches as well as:
- Attic/Roof: gaps in roofline, valleys, and junctions; sewer and exhaust vents; gables; ridge vents; siding; overhanging tree branches, bushes, and vines.
- Exterior Walls and Basement: downspouts; gutters; pipe penetrations; exhaust vents; siding; brick and block voids
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Get started on protecting your home today with these 4 easy steps.
- Seal off common spaces such as vents, pipe penetrations, doors and miscellaneous holes in brick, block, stone and porches
- Fill gaps in roofline, valleys and junctions. Check sewer and exhaust vents and gables for cracks or small spaces squirrels may crawl through.
- Trim overhanding tree branches, bushes and vines to discourage squirrels from moving from branch to basement! Squirrels have adapted to human environments and many find the opportunity to burrow or nest inside of a basement or attic a great place to raise a small squirrel family!
- Cut off the food supply! Bird feeders are an easy source of food for squirrels.
Don’t ruin Christmas dinner with Fido chasing a squirrel around your dinner table. Preserve your sanity and peace of mind by taking a few, easy preventive measures to deter squirrels from entering and nesting in your home.
If you hear any of the above symptoms and are unsure how to remove the pest, contact us today to schedule a pest control professional to visit and inspect your home. Happy Holidays.