Squirrels are nice to observe when taking a stroll through the park or forest. Their cute little faces, with bushy tails, are endearing. However, their cuteness is a veneer for their destructive capabilities. In the United States, squirrels are among the top cause of power outages as they chew on wires, cutting off power to thousands of people. If they gain access to your attic or home, they can cause lots of problems.
Some of the problems caused by squirrels that are faced by homeowners in Tulsa include:
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we can help you develop and implement effective strategies that will rid you of your squirrel infestation problems.
Squirrels are attracted to human settlements for two major reasons: food and shelter.
Many people think squirrels only eat nuts, but that’s not entirely true. They are omnivores and will eat small insects, caterpillars, and even small animals in addition to plants. If you have a garden in your yard, that’s a major attractant to squirrels because of the variety of fruits and plants there. They are also attracted to bird feeders because of the seeds.
Squirrels love height. That’s why they reside in high places like trees, attics, and chimneys. Attics and chimneys, in particular, provide them with warmth and safety from predators. Moreover, it’s the perfect place for them to raise their young ones.
That’s why at Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we advise homeowners to ensure that squirrels do not have access to food or shelter on their property. That way, there’s less incentive for them to cause an infestation problem.
Removing squirrels requires a good understanding of squirrel behavior to develop an effective approach based on the uniqueness of your problem. That’s why we recommend involving professionals.
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, here’s our squirrel removal process:
Squirrel removal starts with a deep investigation into the problem. First, you have to figure out exactly how they’re getting in. This stage is very important because failure to identify all their entry holes will make it difficult to address the problem
Trapping is the most effective method of removing squirrels from your house. Once you’ve identified all potential entry holes, seal them all up, except one. Thereafter, install a repeater trap at the last entry hole. This trap captures all the squirrels as they try to exit your house. Make sure you check your attic properly to ensure that there are no baby squirrels. If there are, wear your hand gloves and pick them up. Thereafter, you can relocate them to another area. The final hole should then be sealed to prevent reentry.
An effective trap setting is dependent on several factors, like choosing the right trap and bait, as well as selecting the perfect spot. Moreover, in some districts, squirrel trapping is subject to state law. That’s why involving a licensed professional company like Wildlife X Team Tulsa is usually the best option.
Decontamination and Repairs
A squirrel in your yard or attic will leave all kinds of rubbish there, including droppings, nesting materials, food crumbs, wood chips, and more. These remnants attract other insects like cockroaches, which can spread diseases. After removing all these remnants, the infected space must be decontaminated with an enzyme-based cleaner that destroys organic materials and deodorizes the space.
Finally, the chewed wood must be repaired to maintain the structural integrity of your building. Moreover, all damaged roof tiles, insulation materials, electrical wires, pipes, and more must either be repaired or replaced.
Once the squirrel infestation problem has been eradicated, necessary actions have to be put in place to make your yard unattractive to them. Some things to bear in mind include:
There are several squirrel repellents available like cayenne pepper and mothballs but their effectiveness is not conclusive.
Our team of professionals at Wildlife X Team Tulsa has been adequately trained to develop effective wildlife removal strategies. Let us help you today to deal with your squirrel infestation problem.