Another rodent, squirrels, are viewed as cute creatures that are fun to watch. Watching them raid bird feeders, scurry across electrical wires, and steal fruits or vegetables from the garden can be fun. However, too much of this "cute" behavior becomes a nuisance. Squirrels do not fully hibernate during winter, so they spend so much time collecting and hoarding foods and nesting materials.
Squirrels in Pennsylvania include gray, fox, red, and flying squirrels, and they prefer nuts, grains, seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms. They bury their findings in shallow holes close to their nests, often in tree hollows but may also be in your attic, chimney, crawlspace, or behind the siding. Squirrels can find food under a foot of snow, so their collecting doesn't end in winter.
Like rats and mice, squirrels' teeth are constantly growing. To keep them filed, they will chew on anything. They can chew vinyl, plastic, wood, wires, and more. If these materials are in your home, the damages can be costly. Squirrels also rip out insulation, changing your home's ventilation abilities. They clog pipes and ducts, creating fire hazards.
Signs you have a nuisance squirrel are seeing tracks, droppings, or piles of foods and items from the outdoors. Look for frayed or gnawed wiring, teeth marks in the wood, broken vents, holes in shingles, and water damage from the ceiling. If you hear chirping, squeaking, barking, scratching, and the pitter-patter of feet. Wherever squirrels are active, they will leave feces and urine, which have been associated with diseases like tularemia and salmonella.
Let the experts eliminate your squirrel problem safely and humanely, and follow Pennsylvania regulations.