How to Identify & Get Rid of Rabid Squirrels
Like many other small mammals and rodents, squirrels can carry the rabies virus, which attacks the neurological center of host creatures. Squirrels, however, are not infected as frequently as other mammals, such as raccoons, skunks, and wild canines. Both humans and domestic pets can contract the disease, and individuals with dogs or cats should be extra cautious around squirrels and other critters that may carry rabies.
If you have identified a potentially rabid squirrel, contact the experts at Critter Control as soon as possible to safely handle and remove the animal.
Overt aggressiveness, slow movement, and apparent confusion are all symptoms of rabies. Rabid animals also produce excessive amounts of saliva, which makes them drool more than usual and leads to the assumption that animals with rabies foam at the mouth.
If a squirrel is experiencing such symptoms, it doesn’t mean they have rabies, as many diseases and parasites linked to squirrels cause similar symptoms. A squirrel can only be diagnosed through testing. Still, we recommend that you never approach a squirrel that displays aggressiveness, or any symptom associated with rabies.
How to Safely Deal with Rabid Squirrels
Rabies is spread through bodily contact, such as through bites or scratches. Individuals and their pets should keep their distance from squirrels suspected of carrying the virus. Contact our trained professionals, who are equipped to handle and remove any problematic squirrels from residential or commercial properties.
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