One of the most common complaints about ground squirrels is damage caused by their burrowing. Ground squirrels cause problemds when they burrow through ditch banks and earthen dams, which can weaken levees if the burrowing is extensive. Ground squirrels can even damage buildings and roadways with their burrows. Most ground squirrels burrow during the daytime, so it is typically easy to identify ground squirrels and teh type that is causing the ground squirrel damag
Ground squirrel problems also occur from burrows with irrigation by redirecting the flow of water, or can cause increased soil erosion by channeling rain or snow runoff in natural habitats. Sometimes in parks, playgrounds or other recreational areas, their burrows can cause injury, as people can step in them and lose their balance, or trip and fall. Ground squirrel burrows have also been known to injure horses on equestrian trails or in jumping arenas. In some cases, the amount of soil that ground squirrels excavate when burrowing can kill vegetation by covering it.
Ground squirrels dig burrows in the ground as a method of shelter and safety, and a way to get out of the heat. These burrows, after time, will evolve into a burrow system, with several open entrances into the same burrow. They can even reach up to 6 feet deep! The number of ground squirrels living within each burrow can range from 2 to 20, depending on the species. Some ground squirrels, like California ground squirrels and rock ground squirrels, will have multiple squirrels living within one burrow system. Belding ground squirrels, however, tend to be less colonial and spread out their burrow systems, with less squirrels living within each one.
There are several species of ground squirrels that can be found across North America. They are most common in the west, inhabiting large grassland areas and fields of grain, hay and irrigated pastures. Though each ground squirrel can be identified by specific characteristics, sometimes it can be tricky to identify ground squirrels and which type of ground squirrel is causing damage near your home or property. Contact a Critter Control professional today to help you identify the ground squirrels in your area and assist with ground squirrel trapping.
Critter Control ground squirrel removal should be used to get rid of ground squirrels for your own safety. The most common public health concern associated with ground squirrels is that they can carry contagious diseases, like the plague. When handling ground squirrels, it is important to wear the proper safety gear in order to prevent the transmission of these diseases. If you have a ground squirrel problem, it is best to contact a Critter Control professional to assist in ground squirrel trapping and ground squirrel removal.
The legal status of ground squirrels varies per squirrel: most are considered nuisance animals and, therefore, are not protected by law. However, there are some animals that feed on ground squirrels, such as black-footed ferrets, wolves and eagles are considered endangered species or threatened species. Contact a Critter Control ground squirrel expert if you have any questions regarding a ground squirrel problem,
Though called ground squirrels, these animals will actually climb trees when scared by humans or predators. Ground squirrels usually go back to their burrows in the ground when the coast is clear. Critter Control is the leading animal control company to call when you think you have ground squirrel damage to your home or property. It is important to remember that ground squirrel removal will only be effective if it is implemented properly; this is why a Critter Control professional is your best solution to get rid of ground squirrel problems and effectively provide ground squirrel trapping.
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