Squirrels are a common sight in yards across Connecticut. Many homeowners find them cute and enjoy watching them run and jump, but squirrels can cause serious problems. If your yard has become overrun with squirrels, it may be in your best interest to hire a wildlife control professional to deal with the situation before things get worse.
How Squirrels Can Affect Your Yard and Your Family’s Health
Squirrels chew on tree bark. A large number of animals can cause significant damage to trees. Branches may need to be cut down, and entire trees may be weakened to the point that they’re in danger of falling on your house, shed, or car. The risk is particularly great with young trees.
If you have fruit trees or a garden, squirrels can be attracted to a convenient food source. After investing a significant amount of time and energy to plant a garden, you may be left with little or no food for your family. Squirrels also dig for underground nuts and bulbs to eat. They can create quite a mess in your garden and yard.
If you have a bird feeder, squirrels may eat the food themselves. They may also gnaw through the feeder to create larger holes so they can have easier access to birdseed.
Squirrels tend to carry pests, such as fleas and ticks, that can spread disease. If a large number of squirrels frequent your backyard, your family and pets may come into contact with pests the squirrels carry and may be at risk of developing a serious illness.
How Squirrels Can Damage Your House
In the colder months, squirrels seek shelter in warm places. If they’re currently living in your yard, it’s only a matter of time before they try to get into your attic. Squirrels can gnaw through siding and squeeze through small gaps. Once they get inside, they can build nests, chew through drywall and insulation, and gnaw on electrical wires, which can create a fire hazard.
Squirrels can give birth in a house. If they get inside walls and die there, their decomposing bodies can create a foul odor that can spread throughout the entire house. Figuring out the source of the smell and removing a dead squirrel can create a series of challenges.
Get Professional Help with Squirrel Removal
Anderson Wildlife Control can remove squirrels from the yard outside your Connecticut home and relocate them to another area. We use methods that don’t harm wild animals and that don’t pose a risk to pets. You shouldn’t try to trap squirrels yourself because there is a danger that you could get hurt. Contact Anderson Wildlife Control today to learn more about our squirrel removal services and to get an estimate.