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Squirrel Removal

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Squirrel Removal

North West Indiana is the home of many squirrel species: Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Fox Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel and home to the ground squirrels: The Eastern Chipmunk and the Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel.

Eastern chipmunks are quite small, from head to the tip of the tail, it has an average length of 30 centimetres or 12 inches and can weigh anywhere between 66 to 150 grams. Its torso is covered in fur that has a coppery-brown color and has five black-brown striped markings on its back. The fur covering its bushy tail is darker than the fur covering its body. It also has beige-colored markings on its face that runs through its whiskers up to its ears.

Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel have a very unique appearance. These tiny mammals got their name from the thirteen brown and white lines that run along its back. Some of these lines are broken into shorter lines that look like spots. They are diurnal animals, which means that they are more active during the day. Around the end of summer, these squirrels will start to prepare for the cold winter. They will start eating ravenously in order to store as much fat reserves as they can. This keep the animal warm and also provides it with some of the necessary nutrients. The arrival of winter signals the beginning of their hibernation period. They will then enter their nest or burrow, curl up into a tight ball, and sleep all throughout the season. Its breathing rate drops from 100-200 breaths a minute to about 1 breath in every 5 minutes. This technique helps save the animal’s energy and fat reserves. The ground squirrel will leave its nest around March or April, when the weather is already warm enough. Trapping an adult squirrel can also pose another threat. Adult female squirrels may sometimes give birth inside attics, they may even nest inside until their babies are old enough to handle themselves. If you accidentally trap a mother squirrel, the babies may still be left inside. Without their mother, these babies almost have a zero percent chance of survival. Now, I’m pretty sure that nobody wants to have dead baby squirrels (or dead animals in general) stuck inside their homes. This can stink up your whole house and may cause some serious health problems if not handled properly.

We have caught gray squirrels in attics and flying squirrels in attics. Ground squirrels and chipmunks each have their own distinctive damage traits based on their burrowing activities. Often we see them entering the home behind some siding at ground level and making their way up into the walls or attic.

The ground squirrel’s burrow can be 15 feet (4.6 metres) to 20 feet (6.1 metres) deep. This burrow can have several entrances and tunnels. The biggest part of the burrow is located not so deep underground, just about two feet below the entrance, but the deeper areas are used for hibernation purposes.

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These burrowing squirrels may not cause too much problem in urbanized areas but they are considered a significant nuisance in farms, gardens, and suburban areas. They can damage your plants, they can eat your fruits and vegetables, and their burrows will look unsightly in your perfect, lush green lawn. Farmers and gardeners despise these creatures because they usually dig up freshly planted seeds and flower buds. Crops and pastures can also be extensively damaged, especially if the number of squirrels are high.

The squirrels’ diet mostly consists of the following: seeds, grains, corn, crickets, grasshoppers, nuts, grass, weeds, berries, and caterpillars. Although these animals, especially the Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel, have been documented by scientists having predator-like behaviour. These squirrels have been seen attacking and eating young chickens, birds, and they have even been cases where they are seen killing and eating small snakes.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels can chew through any exposed wooden surfaces to gain entry into your home or attic. For you do it yourselfers, squirrels can be caught in a live trap by putting some peanut butter on some nuts. We, however, do not recommend this. Trapping the animal yourself can be dangerous to both you and the squirrel. Most of the time, the squirrel will just escape, or they may even be harmed in the process. They may be small, but they also have very strong jaws and sharp teeth. They can easily bite through your hand if you aren’t doing it properly, so try to avoid handling the squirrels as much as you can. It is always better to let trained professionals handle these kinds of situations.

It is interesting to note that squirrels are a member of the rodent family. They chew to wear down their continuously growing front teeth. This gnawing can be very destructive to the exterior of your home and once they get inside they have been known to chew on electrical wires. Don’t live with a potential fire hazard in your attic. Squirrels will often create small holes in your walls and ceilings, these holes can be the perfect entrances for bats, raccoons, flies, and other animals.

Squirrel Diseases

People may not be generally aware of it, but squirrels may carry several diseases that are harmful to humans. The diseases which they usually carry are: rabies, tick fever, and powassan virus encephalitis. As a rule, do not attempt to go near a squirrel that are not afraid of humans, this can be a sign of rabies.

The hardest part about catching squirrels is usually the heights at which one has to work. We have the ladders and the traps to get the job done. When we are called to a squirrel job we like to do a full inspection. Once we understand where the animal is entering the home we set our traps near the hole and remove the squirrels. Then we seal the hole so that no more can get in. Get rid of squirrels  and call us for all your squirrel control needs today!

Squirrels in Attics

It always strikes me how seasonal nuisance wildlife problems are. Raccoons in the spring, bats in August, and now squirrel season is beginning. Well let it begin. We have the expertise, ladders and traps to take care of all your squirrel removal needs in Indianapolis, Chicago, and Northwest Indiana.

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The most common squirrel problem is squirrels in attics. We often get the description “it sounds like they are rolling nuts across the ceiling” Squirrels in the attic are a nuisance but also can create a hazardous situation. Squirrels are rodents and love to chew.  In fact, they have to keep their continuously growing teeth worn down or they will be unable to eat so they have to chew.  That includes anything you might have stored up in your attic and hopefully not something like your electrical wires.  Best to get rid of them before they cause more damage.

No squirrel job is complete without blocking the entry where the squirrel was getting in. To just remove the squirrels is only buying you a little bit of time before neighboring squirrels take up residence in the vacated attic.

We always offer our customers a flat rate to remove all the squirrels in the attic and prevent reentry. That way your problem is solved without any hidden costs along the way. Aside from that, we provide free inspection of wildlife trapping and other pest control services. Call us today!

Squirrels in Attics
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Poison squirrels? No way and here’s why!

I was just looking through the search terms that people googled to find my website and one of them was “how to poison squirrels.” I think that this is such a bad idea that I thought it was worth writing a blog about.  And, the reason why might surprise you.

If you have squirrels in your attic and a squirrel control company poisons them, now you have to find a dead animal because the odor is going to be intolerable. Poison works well for mice. They are relatively small and dry out with no odor when poisoned. Squirrels are just too big. They will start to decompose and create an odor problem long before they completely dry out. Then you have the difficulty of trying to find an animal that isn’t making any sound and oftentimes includes cutting into the walls of your home to find the animal. What if there is more than one? In most cases finding a dead squirrel is going to cost more than trapping a live one.

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Ok, so poison is a bad idea. What is the correct way to handle a squirrel nuisance? Trapping. There are basically two kinds of traps; live traps and lethal traps. The live traps can be bought from most of your local hardware or big box and they work well. Peanuts or walnuts with peanut butter will catch them every time.  My preferred method of trapping squirrels is to find where they are entering the home and set a double door trap over the hole and catch them coming or going. Once I have them I seal the hole. Problem solved. It might be hard to find a double door trap at the hardware store. You might have to go to a wildlife control supply company online.

And, for the person who doesn’t want to get on that roof or crawl in that attic or buy traps that they might only use once, Illiana Wildlife Services would be happy to solve your squirrel issue and do squirrel trapping for you. Get rid of squirrels now! We service Lake and Porter County Indian ra and Cook County Illinois.

Poison squirrels? No way and here’s why!
Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana
(219) 464 – 7966