Squirrel Damage is in season. Its that time of year in Western Pennsylvania. Some of our clients report that they have to watch for overhead squirrels. They seem to be intent on dropping acorns on them as they enjoy the wonderful fall weather that we have been having this year. How do you identify squirrel damage and what can you do to prevent it?
How do you identify Squirrel Damage?
Here in the area north of Pittsburgh most of the squirrels that we have are the eastern grey squirrel – although there are some others that we encounter. As you look around your yard there are some signs that you have these critters damaging your property. Here is what to look for:
- Eaten nuts or fruits – there are lots of oak trees hear so it is likely that you will see these
- Small dug up holes – you might also see this from chipmunks in our area
- Uprooted plants and flowers – we have seen flowers in planters uprooted as squirrels hide food for winter
- and our favorite – damaged bird feeders.
Hopefully, any damage that you see is limited to outside your home. We have had some customers – in wooded areas like Bradfordwoods PA that have them in their attic. It is a good thing to look for signs of squirrel damage in your attic this time of year. This is a good time for squirrels to invade your attic as the weather cools. Here are signs of squirrel damage to look out for:
- A must small – urine like
- Holes in the roof
- Noises – scratching or animal sounds
- Damaged wires
You might see damage like this from other rodents – like mice. Have a pest control expert like Boo’s Bug Stoppers investigate to determine the cause of you have any doubt.
How do you prevent Squirrel Damage?
Here in our area, start out with your birdfeeder. Prevent squirrels from getting into the feeder and they will go elsewhere. Hopefully yo your neighbors. Allow it and they will feast all summer and then store food for the winter nearby. Put your feeders on poles and use devices to prevent squirrels from climbing the pole. We have seen acrobatic squirrels jump over many feet to land on the top of the feeder. Prevent this by placing the feeder where birds can get them but squirrels can not.
Keep trees trimmed back from your home or the roof of your home. Try to keep trees at least twenty feet away from the house. This should be effective at keeping the squirrels in the trees and not headed into your house. If you find it is too late and they are inside, fix the access path and contact Boo’s Bug Stoppers to eliminate your problem.