If you live in Connecticut, then you’re likely no stranger to squirrels. They seem to be everywhere, after all.
We all know that they forage for nuts, and occasionally end up in our attics and chimneys. If you’ve had to deal with a squirrel problem in your house, you might be quick to wonder: are squirrels actually good for anything?
Do they offer any real benefit to us or our planet? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the answer is yes, they are good for a few things.
They Help Trees Grow
When it comes to their nuts, squirrels are both determined and forgetful. They often bury acorns with the intention of retrieving them again later; however, squirrels have a tendency to forget that they even buried acorns as soon as the next foraging opportunity presents itself. This forgetfulness allows trees to grow. In addition, since squirrels often traverse lots of ground, they’ll “plant” forgotten seeds in a variety of spots. This is what helps creates tree diversity.
They Help Truffles Prosper
Truffles help trees flourish and grow by forming symbiotic relationships with them. Since truffles initially exist underground, they cannot connect with trees on their own. This is where squirrels come into play. Squirrels dig up and eat truffles. When truffles pass through squirrels’ digestive system, squirrels poop them out near the trees that they eventually connect with. Therefore, not only do squirrels help plant trees, but they also help to ensure that they remain healthy.
Need Squirrels Removed Humanely? Call Anderson Wildlife Control
We appreciate the value that squirrels bring to our environment. If you have a squirrel problem in Connecticut, then please don’t kill them. Instead, call us so that we can remove them humanely.