Squirrels and the damage they can do

Squirrels and the damage they can do

Gone are the days when squirrels were simply seen as mischievous creatures in the never-ending battle between them and bird lovers. These adorable little furballs, with their bushy tails and playful demeanor, have gained quite the reputation as pests. Yes, you read that right - pests!

While we can't deny the charm of watching squirrels run and frolic among the trees, they can wreak havoc if they decide to invade your garden or even worse, make themselves at home in your house. So, how can you tell if you've got a squirrel problem? Well, there are a few signs to watch out for:

In your house, you might notice the pungent smell of squirrel urine, a sure sign that the infestation has been going on for a while. Keep an eye out for squirrel droppings too, which might not look different from those of rats or mice at first glance. But don't worry, a pest control specialist can easily identify them. And if you hear scurrying or scratching noises coming from your attic or walls, you might have some furry squatters. Oh, and don't forget to check for chewed wires and insulation - a squirrel's teeth can do some serious damage.

In the garden, spotting lots of squirrels hanging around your property is a good indicator of an infestation. If you notice your tree's bark being stripped, it's not just a fashion statement - it can actually harm the tree's health. Keep an eye on your bird feeders too, squirrels are notorious for stealing their fill. And if you find saplings or dug-up bulbs, congratulations, you have squirrels who love to stow away their snacks.

Now, we understand that squirrels can be quite charming and evoke warm feelings in our hearts, but in your garden, they're here to stay. They might just admire your property from afar and decide to move in themselves. If you're itching to rid your garden of these furry invaders before they make the leap into your house, it's best to contact a pest control specialist right away.

Speaking of pest control specialists, imagine receiving a call from a desperate property owner, seeking help with their squirrel problem. As a specialist in this field, you arrive at the scene ready to inspect the situation. You ask the dreaded question, "So how long have you been noticing the property damage and hearing scratching?" They respond, "About 3 months." Well, that's not great news. It's essential to act immediately when it comes to squirrels, as their population can multiply rapidly, causing more damage and attracting other squirrels to join the party.

Let's talk about squirrel behavior and habits. When it comes to breeding, squirrels don't waste any time. They reproduce at an alarming rate, so it's crucial to call in a pest control specialist as soon as you suspect an infestation. Squirrels have two mating seasons, one in the early spring and another in the summer. Pregnancies last about 40 days, and each litter can have anywhere from four to seven babies. You can see why acting quickly is essential, as the longer you wait, the more damage they'll do and the higher the chances of more squirrels joining the party.

Now, squirrels aren't just mischievous troublemakers; they also have some additional disruptive habits. If they spot a desirable area abandoned by other squirrels, you can bet they'll claim it as their own. Once one squirrel finds a suitable spot, it will build a nest and find a mate. So, if you hear suspicious squirrel noises, it's best to act swiftly and prevent a full-blown invasion. And let's not forget their ever-growing teeth, which enable them to chew through various materials, including your beloved property.

Now, you might think you're up for the challenge and can handle the squirrel problem yourself. However, before you become a "squirrel murderer" in the eyes of the law
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