Ground Squirrel Control Services
There are about 60 species of ground squirrels in the world. They all share similar diets, but acorns are the most important winter food for squirrels. Squirrel food can also contain grasshoppers, moths and bugs.
Though they range widely in appearance, ground squirrels share similar diets, shelter preferences, and daytime activities. As their name indicates, these squirrels mostly stick to the ground even though they are excellent climbers. Ground squirrels make shelters underground and dig extensive tunnels, which can lead to problems on properties with expensive landscaping or crops.
Each species of squirrel will need specific squirrel repellant techniques tailored to them. Different squirrel species react differently to various repellant techniques, so the proper identification of the critter is vital. For this reason, ground squirrel removal is best handled by professionals. Animal control specialists have eradicated many squirrel infestations in the past and offer the best tools and experience to deal with individual problems. Once ground squirrels have been removed, check consistently for returning animals. The resilient species often try to retake lost burrow systems and inhabit old dens left over from other colonies.
Control and Safety
Although they may appear cute, Ground squirrels can be dangerous when cornered. When cornered, threatened squirrels bite and scratch to reach safety.
Squirrel entry points can take the form of small openings just big enough for the squirrels to enter. You can avoid this problem by sealing these small openings. It is also a good idea to move food sources away from entry points.
Most reported problems arise from the animal's predisposition for building extensive tunnel systems. Ground squirrel control is difficult when large numbers of the critters are around. Hiring trained professionals is a sure way to effectively control populations of ground squirrels.
Are ground squirrels known to enter homes or yards?
Ground squirrels often gain entry to homes via small openings, though the seasoned tunnel builders prefer outside underground environments for shelter. However, that's not to say they won't attempt a home invasion. Buildings that provide shelter and food often attract the small rodents, which can lead to headaches down the road.
Do ground squirrels harm people or property?
In general, ground squirrels near homes or businesses cause quite a bit of damage. The wild animals gnaw on building structures and leave behind hazardous biological waste, which causes disease if left alone. As tunneling rodents, ground squirrels can damage flowers, crops, and healthy lawns. Tunnel systems can extend to great lengths, having been reported to cover distances of more than 30 feet at times. The numerous entrance holes to these tunnels threaten the well-being of livestock and can lead to damaged machinery and personal injury.
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