Squirrels are cute. So what concerns are raised by squirrels in the attic? Squirrels are rodents, like mice and rats. This is not an insult to squirrels; this just refers to the fact that squirrels, like mice, rats, and other rodents, have incisors that grow continuously throughout their life. However, interaction between squirrels and other unwanted rodents with humans and their pets can have grave consequences. Squirrels, like other rodents, will eat any food it can gain access to. Rats, mice, and other rodents consume or contaminate at much as 20% of the world’s food supply according to the National Pest Management Association. Squirrels can carry disease, such as plague, and the fleas and ticks that live on squirrels can transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, to humans and pets that come into contact with squirrels.
Moreover, squirrels and other unwanted rodents can chew through wiring, walls, and wood framing creating structural damage and risk of fire. Unfortunately, damage from animals is usually not covered by homeowners insurance, since removal of destructive animals like squirrels, mice, and rats is considered part of a homeowner’s maintenance responsibilities. With this in mind, squirrel removal might be an obligation rather than a choice. Here are some facts about squirrel control worth considering when choosing an animal and rodent removal company:
Humane Squirrel Removal Accounts for Squirrel Families
Female squirrels can give birth twice a year. The average litter size depends on the species of squirrel, but can range anywhere from two to nine squirrels. Between litters, the offspring are completely dependent on the mother for about ten weeks, then remain with her for up to two more months before leaving the nest. This means that a female squirrel is with her family for most of the year. Therefore, choosing a squirrel control company should take into account the removal of entire squirrel families. Removing entire squirrel families assures effective removal and, since no offspring are left behind, ensures humane squirrel removal.
Humane Squirrel Removal is Non-Lethal
While it may seem contradictory, humane rodent control can include both lethal and non-lethal control options. Exterminators can use lethal measures as a means of humane rodent control as long as the control measure does not cause undue pain and suffering to the animal.
Humane squirrel removal, on the other hand, means live removal of squirrels. Squirrels are trapped, taking care to avoid injuring or killing the squirrels, so that the squirrels can be released into the wild alive.
Humane Squirrel Removal is Safer for the Home
Depending on the species of squirrel, an entry hole into a house may be as small as a golf ball or as large as a baseball. By finding the entry points into the home and setting traps at those entry points, lethal poisons do not need to be spread scattershot throughout the home. Moreover, by trapping the squirrels rather than poisoning them, humane squirrel removal avoids the secondary problem of dead squirrels inside the home. Once the squirrels have been removed alive, the entry points can be repaired and reinforced to prevent recurrence of the squirrel problem and the home can be cleaned and decontaminated.
Humane squirrel removal should be considered when choosing a rodent control service. Aside from ethical considerations, humane squirrel removal provides significant benefits for the squirrel and its family as well as the home where they are removed.