Rodents are challenging to control, whether inside or outside the house. In any case the best course of action is to determine which of these pests are presenting a serious menace to your home or business. Rodents are warm-blooded mammals that are found throughout the entire world. They have oversized front teeth for gnawing and check teeth, which are adapted for chewing. These formidable pests chew on a variety of items available to them and cause great damage. There are many different rodent types which have been identified. Some are solidly colored, while others exhibit dual coloration or gradual variations in color between their backs and feet or bellies. Some rodents bear tails that are much shorter than the lengths of their bodies, while others have tails that far exceed that length. Perhaps the most common rodent pests are mice, rats and squirrels. They thrive in both urban and rural settings and are also known to be transmitters of dangerous diseases. Don’t let an infestation ruin your life or your home’s value.
Although squirrels generally nest within trees in wooded areas, as humans expand into natural areas, squirrels are forced to look for alternate means of lodging, including entering buildings. Squirrels can reach inside areas by chewing holes in the exterior of the structure. Their activity is usually noisy and heard by anyone in close proximity. Tree squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Flying squirrels, by exception, are primarily active at night.
Squirrels will sometimes burrow under insulation to nest, so discovery may not be easy. Damage to insulation and wood members of attic and crawl spaces is common. They can gain entrance to the attic through holes that are only about two inches in diameter that you’ve never seen before or enter via chimneys. Squirrels may be nesting and storing food or both in your attic, inside sheds or crawl spaces, under decks, and in garages.
Squirrels are not likely to create a problem unless the population becomes so large that they begin to inflict damage or invade homes. Then, action must be taken or the results can result in some serious consequences, including damage and potential health-related issues.
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