Squirrel Control and Prevention Critical in Winter Months

READING, Pa., February 23, 2015 — Cooler weather can cause many pests and wildlife to scurry indoors for warmth and food, particularly squirrels as they try to move indoors to have babies. While squirrels seem harmless enough, they can chew through loose roofing or foundations or slip through chimneys and other existing holes into your attic, chimney or crawlspace to nest. Once inside your home or business, they will shred insulation and gnaw on most anything including electrical wiring, causing significant damage to property and a hazard to people.

The Rentokil family of pest control companies (Ehrlich Pest Control, Western Exterminator and Presto-X Pest Control), recommends taking the following steps to prevent a tree squirrel infestation inside and outside the home:

  • Seal all possible points of entry around the house, including small openings and cracks around doors and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back 6 to 8 feet from the roofline.
  • Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw marks.

“Tree squirrels generally inhabit wooded areas and nest in trees, but when the temperature dips they can establish themselves in protected areas of buildings such as in attics or garages, to store their food and take up shelter,” said Chad Gore, Ph.D., and regional technical director for Rentokil North America.  “Like other rodents, an infestation of squirrels in a home can put your property at risk of damage as well as cause health and safety concerns for your family and pets.”

Squirrels typically live near humans in urban, suburban and rural areas making homes easily accessible for shelter. Tree squirrels get their common name from the fact that they are found only in areas where there are trees. There are several representative species of tree squirrels depending on which part of the country you live: fox squirrels, gray squirrels, red squirrels, flying squirrels, and pine squirrels. All of these species of squirrels can become problematic this time of year because they frequently seek shelter from the cold. Additionally, outside the home, squirrels can cause considerable damage to electrical and telephone cables as well as take food at feeders intended for birds.

If you find feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed squirrel control professional to inspect and treat the pest problem. To avoid bites, have a specialist handle squirrel removal.

For more information on wildlife habits and how to protect your home, visit www.rentokil.com.  

About Rentokil North America
Rentokil North America is part of Rentokil Initial plc, one of the world’s largest and most diverse business service companies, operating in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ehrlich Pest Control (www.jcehrlich.com), Western Exterminator (www.westernexterminator.com), and Presto-X Pest Control (www.prestox.com) are all part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies in North America. They provide commercial and residential pest control, bioremediation, bird control, vegetation management, deer repellent services, wild-animal trapping and termite control from more than 200 local offices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.