While squirrels can sometimes seem like cute and innocent creatures, they can also be a nuisance to homeowners due to the damage they sometimes cause. Squirrels cause damage by gnawing on various parts of your home including walls, insulation, wiring, and more. Squirrels are often found in attics, especially when seeking shelter in the colder months of the year. If you believe your home has a squirrel problem, contact Absolut Pest Control for ethical pest control services in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire! Our team of pest control experts would be happy to speak to you about your options for squirrel removal or any other pest control service.
How Do I Know If There’s A Squirrel In My House?
There are many signs that a squirrel might be living in your home. Squirrels can chew their way into your home through weak points like roof shingles and small holes where roofing meets siding. This is the first sign that squirrels may be nesting in your house: by spotting their entry and exit points. The next way you can tell if there’s a squirrel in your home is by listening for scampering and scratching sound in your walls or ceiling. While this sound could be coming from many different kinds of pests, it’s not unlikely that a squirrel is the culprit. One final sign that there may be a squirrel or squirrels in your home is by paying attention to unpleasant odors. These odors can come from squirrel feces and urine, as well as from squirrels that have died within your attic or walls. If you believe your home has a squirrel problem, you should contact a pest control professional like Absolut Pest Control!
How Can I Get Squirrels Out Of My House?
The best way to ensure your safety and effectiveness when dealing with a squirrel problem is by hiring pest control professionals to get the job done. Pest control specialists will remove the squirrel or squirrels humanely and efficiently, then ensure that the problem will not happen again by sealing entry points the pests had been using. At Absolut Pest Control, we use a trap and release method for squirrel problems, so you can put your mind at ease knowing that the critters will be safe and sound – just not in your residence.
Contact Absolut Pest Control!
Absolut Pest Control provides squirrel control and many other pest control services in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. If you have any questions about the services we provide, don’t hesitate to contact us by giving us a call at (978) 388-4589 or by filling out the contact form on our website!
Although many of us find squirrels to be one of the cuter rodents, they are still dangerous and can become a real problem. While you may not mind a squirrel scampering across a public park or out in the woods when they are in your yard, they can lead to the destruction of property, bite/scratch your pets, and they can even transmit rabies. Here are a few ways you can keep squirrels away from your home.
Do Not Feed Squirrels
This should go without saying, but if you provide a steady source of food for local pests/rodents, they will keep coming back. Any food found outside your property is likely to attract pests. This is why it is recommended to not leave food out for stray cats or other animals. Make sure to secure your garbage so it can’t be broken into by raccoons or squirrels. And consider getting read of that birdfeeder. As fun as it is to watch birds fly close to your home, bird feeders attract many different animals that you might be less excited to see out your window.
Clean Your Garden/Yard Frequently
Raking your yard can help you remove twigs and sticks, but more importantly, it can help remove any fallen fruit, nuts, or seeds. Squirrels are looking for yards that have trees, bushes, and other plants that provide a steady source of food for them. Protect your personal garden otherwise animals might enjoy your tomatoes, zucchini, and garden vegetables before you can.
Scare Squirrels & Racoons with Your Dog
Aside from removing what draws squirrels and raccoons to your home, there are also deterrents you can employ. If a squirrel has to choose between the home with an open trash can and no pets or the one with the open trash can and the scary dog it will choose the former. Outdoor dogs and cats are an effective way to keep rodents away from your home. If you do not have a pet, faux-owl decorations can convince your local squirrels that there is a dangerous predator in that yard.
Use Capsaicin or Another Repellent
There are a few repellents you can use to deter squirrels and other rodents from your yard Capsaicin for example can be used on nuts and seeds to deter squirrels from eating in your yard. Additionally, planting mint leaves around your garden can deter squirrels. Make sure not to apply Capsaicin to any vegetables or plants you plan to consume.
Hire Pest Control
If squirrels have already made your home their home it may be difficult to get them to leave. Local pest control services may need to be called to get squirrels off of your property, this is especially true if they have moved indoors. Removing pests can be dangerous as animals backed into a corner can become very violent. At Absolut Pest Control we service the Amesbury and Boston Massachusetts areas with our pest control services.
Squirrels are a loved animal throughout Massachusetts. People love watching them scurry around the Boston Common and Public Garden or even their own backyards. But a squirrel stuck inside your home can cause a lot of problems. First, squirrels can carry rabies and other diseases. Also similar to bats, squirrels are easily panicked and may attack you if you startle them. Aside from disease and attacks, squirrels can cause property damage as they frantically jump around your furniture. Dealing with squirrels is not really something many homeowners are prepared for. Unlike with rodent control, squirrels are not as common. That is why we created this step by step process to deal with squirrels on your property.
If Possible Let The Squirrel Find A Way Out
Most of the time, a squirrel wants out of your property as much as you do. A curious squirrel may have entered your home looking for food, but once trapped, it will desperately look for an exit. The first step you can try is to clear an easy path for the squirrel to exits. Opening windows and doors and keeping them propped open can be effective. However, sometimes squirrels will not want to leave your property. This is especially true in the late fall months. Squirrels may see your home as a possible place to avoid winter weather, which means you will need to find another way to deal with them.
DIY Squirrel Removal
This is not always recommended, but some homeowners attempt to remove squirrels on their own. If you intend to remove a squirrel using a DIY method the most effective one is the blanket method. First make sure you have no exposed skin, because squirrels can claw at you and bite. Then grab a blanket and slowly corner the squirrel. Very quickly, drop the blanket on top of the squirrel, wrap them up, and bring them outside. Warning: this method can cause damage to your property, the squirrel to attack you, or can be ineffective if the squirrel decides to return to your home.
Get Squirrel Control From A Pest Control Service
The safest way to deal with a squirrel is to hire a pest control service. If possible contain the squirrel in a single room until the pest control service can come to your property. Once there they can handle the humane removal of the squirrel from your property and place the squirrel in a better environment. Beyond that, they can make recommendations to prevent future rodent issues.
What To Do About A Squirrel In Your Chimney
If a squirrel enters your home through the chimney and gets stuck you should first try and make loud noises to encourage the squirrel to go back up the chimney. Otherwise, call Pest Control services to handle it. You may need to update your chimney cover to avoid this issue in the future.
Contact Absolut Pest Control
If you have raccoons, squirrels, rodents, or other pests in your home or business this fall, Contact Aboslut Pest Control. Our team would be happy to give you a quote on removing unwanted pests. We can also provide recommendations to stop yearly pest issues at your property.
Squirrels can easily chew through wood and climb onto your roof and enter into your home. Squirrels can cause serious damage around your house which can be very pretty costly. Squirrels are known to be more active in the daylight and quieter at night.
Signs of Squirrel Damage:
- Noise in the attic
- Squirrel droppings
- Holes in the roof
- Damage to insulation the attic
- Garden plants being eaten and damaged bird feeders
It’s important that once you notice holes that were created by squirrels to fix them as soon as possible. Also, during the day make sure all windows and doors at shut properly, you don’t want any gaps open for squirrels to sneak in.
If a squirrel does happen to enter your home, the best option is to contact a professional right away. Contact Absolut Pest Control at 978.388.4589 or fill out our contact form online for more information on our services!