MN Wild Animal Management | Squirrel Removal
Squirrels are common animals throughout Minnesota. They have adapted to living in the city as well as the country. The gray squirrel is one of Minnesota’s most common wildlife species. It is often seen in backyards, parks and wooded rural areas. Because of its thick furry tail, it is sometimes called bushy tail. Minnesota has several other squirrels including the flying squirrel, the fox squirrel, the red squirrel, and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (also known as the Minnesota gopher). In fact, the thirteen-lined ground squirrel is the namesake of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers teams, and responsible for Minnesota’s nickname as the Gopher State.
Most times, squirrels don’t cause any problems. They live in trees, eat nuts, and don’t bother anyone. Some people even consider them cute. But that all changes when they decide that your house is a better home than a day in a tree. When squirrels get into attics, they can contaminate the home with their droppings and parasites, cause a fire risk when they chew on wires, and damage siding, sheathing, and roofing by their clawing and chewing.
While the majority of time, humans and squirrels can coexist peacefully, there may be times when their interests conflict with your own and can become quite a nuisance. Squirrels are highly intelligent, inquisitive and skillful creatures – all characteristics that often lead people to rank squirrels number one on the list of trouble makers.
Nuisance Animal Trapping and Removal
Nuisance animals are basically animals that are not wanted in a given location, but who are treated a little differently than the vermin we call “pests.”
Whenever possible, nuisance animals are captured and humanely released unharmed in a suitable area. Sometimes this isn’t possible, such as when a trapped animal is sick or injured. But the goal is to trap and release the animal unharmed, far enough away that it will no longer create a nuisance animal problem.
Squirrels can gnaw their way into just about any type of opening or if they get their heads through the rest of the body will follow. They are every similar to rats and mice. But the squirrel is usually the one who will make the hole and the rats will utilize the entrance. Some of the most favorite living spaces that the squirrel will take up residence are soffit gaps, roof vents, fireplaces, chimney flues, and they love when there’s loose siding to crawl around.
They gnaw into a roof’s overhangs, gable, shingles, and where 2 roofs meet. If a squirrel senses a void beyond an area, it will gnaw and gnaw until that area becomes accessible. This relentless gnawing can cause damage to your property and home. Once a gap is created and a squirrel gains entrance into your home, or attic, it can quickly alert other squirrels of its find through smells. The smell of a squirrel’s urine and feces rapidly attracts other squirrels to the area. Just like that you have a squirrel infestation. Scratching and gnawing noises in your once silent house take place after that, as well urine and fecal contamination of the accessible areas.
Because of the squirrel’s talent in climbing, it makes it all the more easier for them to invade your home!
Squirrels are a hording creature that among other places, will store their cache of nuts in your attics, chimneys, and wall cavities. Once your home has been breached by these rodents it becomes their official home base. In today’s society, squirrels have become less fearful of man, and have no problem living along side them. Once one of these rodents gets cozy in your attic or walls, they can do A LOT of damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs.
The hole that the squirrel creates to gain access in your home then becomes a gateway to other creatures such as mice, rats, bats, insects, and bees or wasps. Once this “base” is formed, these creatures will continue to return, year after year, until something is done to halt their entrance. On top of them creating a gateway for other creatures to enter by, it also creates possible leak issues in the future that you may be completely unaware of for months!
A Wild Animal Control Expert can save you the trouble and money that these rodents create, and handle the problem for you. They are trained professionals who know how to seal up these openings, and rid any unwanted visitors from your home wherever they happen to be hiding. Remember, it’s also safer, and a much better idea to let a Minnesota Wild Animal Removal Expert handle something like this. The misconception of these creatures being nice and cute gets a lot of people injured. They WILL bite, and once this happens, other health issues need to be tended to.