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Are Squirrels Considered a Pest?

As with many things in life, the answer to the question above is subjective. Some people just see little rodents that run around their yard while others see squirrels as their pet.

Do we get calls about squirrels? Almost never. If people end up with squirrels in their attic or something they usually patch the hole that the squirrel was using to access it. And if they are dug in deep, people will usually call a wildlife removal specialist.

How Can You Tell if You Have Squirrels in the Attic?

  1. Clawing scratching noises from above.
  2. Lots of squirrel activity in yard.
  3. Smell from attic. Usually this is squirrel waste.
  4. Damage to property. Chew marks and scratch marks are signs.

Squirrels are like humans in that they love a beautiful yard with trees in it. It provides them with plenty of cover and safety. The trees provide them with food too. Everyone has heard that squirrels eat and hide acorns.

Many people go to public parks and feed the squirrels. They find that friendly and tame squirrels can be very entertaining. But, the animals are still very wild. Many attempts have been made to domesticate the squirrel over the years and even though some people may have had them in cages and in their house, they still are yet to be totally domesticated. In other words they will tear up items in your house and leave waste and droppings everywhere.

Squirrels are omnivores. This means they eat almost everything. They have been known to munch on fungi, seeds, nuts, animal meat, insects and even small snakes.

Are They Dangerous?

This is a subject still up for debate. Some people in the profession say that they carry diseases and they can infect humans while others say this is not the case. However, if you are ever bitten by a squirrel it is a good idea to seek medical advice.

10 Jan

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