Squirrels are a member of the rodent family. In Florida, the eastern grey squirrel is the most common type found in the attics of homes. However, flying squirrels are also known to find their way inside attics and homes alike. Grey squirrels will be heard running usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon if they have taken residence in your attic, whereas flying squirrels will generally be heard more at night.
Just like rats, squirrels pose significant threats to humans and their homes. Squirrels will run through the attic, matting down insulation and contaminating it with feces and urine, which will attract other rodents. They will also chew on wood, pipes, ductwork and wires, possibly causing thousands of dollars in damage and greatly increasing the risk of a fire in the home.
Squirrels can carry fleas and ticks, which can be transmitted to both you and your pets and ultimately cause an infestation that can be both costly and difficult to get rid of. Squirrels also can transmit diseases through their feces and urine, such as salmonella and leptospirosis.
When it comes to eliminating squirrels from your home, a comprehensive, systematic plan must be put in place. Squirrels are very smart, and will sometimes starve rather than going into a trap placed in an attic. Therefore, closing entry points, using specialized one way doors and eliminating the pheromones and odors left behind are all necessary in eliminating squirrels and preventing them from returning. Call us today and we will customize a plan to remove the squirrels from your home and keep them out permanently.