Squirrels are a problem for homeowners because of their nesting habits and the noises they make. Because they prefer higher ground, squirrels in crawl spaces rarely nest there, but they may store food that attracts other pests.
Squirrel Dangers and Damage
Cracks and crevices in home foundations allow squirrels into crawl spaces. Once inside, the rodents use the space as a den for food storage. These pests carry fleas as well as the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. Squirrels can also spread illnesses like tularemia.
Additionally, squirrels gnaw to file down their teeth, so infestations often lead to damaged wood supports and frayed wires. Shredded insulation in crawl spaces or attics is also common.
Traps can be useful, but proper placement requires skill and patience. Attempting to catch the rodents increases the risk of injury and infection.
When faced with a squirrel in a crawl space, the best option is to contact professionals. The trained experts at Critter Control have the knowledge and tools for the efficient, humane removal of squirrels and other rodents.