Discover the hidden dangers of keeping gray squirrels on your property

Are Gray Squirrels Harmless?

This pest is often viewed as cute, harmless creatures. With their bushy tails and playful antics, it’s easy to forget they can pose serious risks when they make your property their home. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that these small mammals can cause significant damage and pose health risks. Let’s delve into the dangers of having this intruder on your property and why it’s important to address the issue promptly.

Structural Damages

One of the most common problems is the structural damage they can cause. They have strong teeth that continuously grow, prompting them to gnaw on various materials to keep their teeth in check. This habit can lead to:

  • Damaged Insulation: nests can appear in attics, tearing up insulation and blocking ventilation. This can lead to reduced energy efficiency and higher utility bills.
  • Chewed Electrical Wires: gnawing on wires pose a significant fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical issues are a leading cause of house fires.
  • Compromised Roofs and Eaves: they can chew through wooden beams and soffits to gain access to your attic, leading to costly repairs.

Health Risks

Gray Squirrels can also carry a variety of diseases and parasites that pose health risks to humans and pets. Some of the health hazards include:

  • Leptospirosis: This bacterial infection can be transmitted through urine and can cause severe illness in humans.
  • Lyme Disease: Often carrying ticks that are vectors for Lyme disease, which can lead to long-term health issues.
  • Salmonella: their droppings can contain salmonella bacteria, leading to food poisoning if humans come into contact with contaminated areas.
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The Ecological Impact

While they play a role in the ecosystem, their presence on your property can disrupt local wildlife and damage your gardens.

They can outcompete native species and dominate bird feeders or other food sources, depriving local bird species of their sustenance. While also spreading invasive plants by transporting and burying seeds, squirrels can inadvertently spread invasive plant species, disrupting local flora. Prevent an Infestations, consider the following tips:

Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for gaps and holes, especially in the roof and attics, and seal them securely. At Huntsman we professionally seal entry points after doing a thorough inspection that determines nests and other damages caused by these pests.

Trim Trees: Keep tree branches trimmed back from your house to prevent easy access to your roof.

Secure Food Sources: Use proof bird feeders and keep outdoor trash bins tightly sealed.

Why Professional Pest Control is Essential

While DIY measures can help reduce the risk of an infestation, professional pest control services offer comprehensive solutions. Experts can conduct thorough inspections, Identify and seal entry points you might have missed. Safely and humanely remove squirrels from your property.

We provide ongoing monitoring and prevention strategies to keep your home squirrel-free, whilst implementing our guaranteed treatments that include tailored solutions to remove this pest from your property.

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