The Problem With Squirrels Around Your Lakewood Ranch Property
During the warmer months of the year, it is impossible to go outside without seeing at least one squirrel. These furry, tree climbing rodents are everywhere. For some, they are fun friends to feed, but to others, they are annoying pests who tear gardens up and cause disturbances around yards. Regardless of your feelings about squirrels, we can assume you don’t want these creatures breaking into your home. To protect your Lakewood Ranch property against these invasive pests, here are a few things to consider.
Is Feeding Squirrels Wrong
There is nothing wrong with going to your local park and feeding squirrels. It is a hobby many people enjoy doing in their free time. Problems start to arise, however, when people feed squirrels around their property. If you own a garden or like decorating your yard with flowers, squirrels are the last creatures you want around. Squirrels will cause damage to gardens by eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and berries, and also dig unsightly holes around yards when burying nuts.
If you don’t garden or care if squirrels are on your property, take a moment to consider your neighbors. When you feed your furry friends, you encourage them to spend more time around your neighborhood. Even if this does not cause trouble for you, it will be an issue for at least some of your neighbors. Our advice is to keep your squirrel feeding in a public place where an increase in squirrels will not mean an increase in problems.
The Dangers Of Having Squirrels Inside
Squirrels are not just destructive but also dangerous. Like other rodents, squirrels pay no mind to their hygiene, which often leads them to pick up disease-causing organisms. Some of the most common diseases these pests spread around homes include leptospirosis, tularemia, and rabies.
Squirrels are also known to carry fleas and ticks into homes. These smaller parasitic pests love taking bites out of humans and animals and spreading their own unique set of dangerous diseases. A few common diseases these particular pests spread include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the bubonic plague.
How To Prevent Squirrels
Squirrels enter into homes in many ways. To deter these pests from invading your property and/or home, here are a few helpful prevention tips to implement:
Avoid feeding squirrels on or around your property.
Pick up fruits, nuts, seeds, and berries as they fall into your yard.
Own an outdoor cat or dog.
Install plastic piping around utility wires that run to your home.
Trim back tree branches and shrubs at least five feet from your home’s exterior.
Place metal coils around the base of trees.
Repair damage to your home’s siding, shingles, roofline, and chimney.
Install metal screens over exterior vents and make sure your chimney has a rodent-proof cap.
Keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
A More Effective Solution To Squirrel Problems
When it comes to getting and keeping squirrels out of a home, no-one does a better job than Keller’s Pest Control. We know what pest control strategies and industrial-grade equipment and treatments work best to handle these invasive creatures.
With affordable options to choose from and a team of friendly technicians standing by, you won’t have to wonder if we are your best option. Contact our team today to further discuss your treatment options or schedule your home for a pest inspection.