Squirrel removal in Ontario can be a tough job even for professionals. These animals are sleek, intelligent and determined. Most experts prefer humane eviction or exclusion to trapping. In fact, few wildlife removal experts will trap wildlife unless it is absolutely necessary. The exact steps for the exclusion may vary slightly depending where in the house the animals are nesting. Removing wildlife from under the deck, for example, is slightly different compared to removing squirrels from the attic. Read More
A question on many peoples’ mind is whether squirrels hibernate in winter. Most of these critters do not hibernate and instead spend most of their time in their nests when they would otherwise be active. A few species such as the thirteen-lined ground squirrels hibernate for up to six months. Read More
Squirrels can fit though a hole about 1 ½ inches wide so their options of entering the average house are almost exponential. The best way to keep squirrels out of your house in Toronto is to find all potential entry points and seal with galvanized steel mesh and metal flashing. Some of the most common areas that squirrels use to break in include; Read More
The quick answer to whether squirrels in Canada can chew through to get into the attic is; Yes, although the animals prefer existing holes and will get in through these if available. Common examples include gaps under the eves and missing vent screens. Read More
One of the major reasons why you should let a professional squirrel removal expert in Canada handle your squirrel problem is the very real risk of contracting diseases from squirrel feces and urine. Squirrel droppings are a fertile breeding ground for a variety of disease-causing organisms. Read More
Black squirrels are fairly uncommon in some parts of Canada causing many people to wonder where they come from. The short answer is black squirrels originate from the same place grey squirrels do; they are indigenous to the Americas, Africa and Eurasia.
The black squirrel is actually the eastern gray squirrel, but with melanism, which is a genetic condition. It is because the black squirrel’s appearance is significantly different from its grey counterpart that it warrants a different name. The ‘proper’ name for a black squirrel is Melanized Grey Squirrel. If you think black squirrels are staying in your attic please call squirrel control services to privet any structural damage to your home. Read More
Pitter-patter, pitter-patter. If you hear that sound, the sound of animal feet above your head in the attic, or behind your walls, it is not a good sign. Squirrels are opportunistic creatures who often take up residence within your home.
They find your home to be an appropriate shelter where they can build their nest, and even have their babies. Knowing how to remove a squirrel’s nest from your home is important so you can put a stop to the damages the critters can cause. Read More
If you have been reading up on how to get rid of squirrels in the attic you have probably come across the squirrel one way exclusion door. Squirrel exclusion is without a doubt the most effective and humane way to get rid of squirrels and is the preferred method by wildlife control experts.
The science behind the contraption is simple. The exclusion door actually looks more like a wire tarp than an actual door. The device is open on both ends. One end has wings or flanges and is mounted directly over the primary entry and/or exit hole on the building. The door is flash on the building so that the squirrel goes through it immediately it leaves the hole. Read More
Squirrels in your attic are definitely a nuisance and may feel like an invasion on your property but consider this; rising human population has caused people to invade what was originally wildlife habitat. Wildlife such as squirrels still needs to find food and shelter so it is inevitable that they will come into contact with humans in their quest for survival.
This doesn’t mean that you should willingly allow the wildlife to set up residency in your home. Truth is squirrels in Toronto cause all kinds of damage to property and are disease carriers. There is however a humane way to solve your squirrel problem by hiring a proper squirrel control Toronto company. Read More
Squirrels may be cute, and watching them scurrying about your yard certainly makes for a good pastime. However, these tiny rodents are also highly invasive and when left unchecked, can cause quite a lot of destruction. Don’t let them settle in. Call us for professional squirrel removal services in the GTA. Call: 647-496-0815
An indigenous species in North and South America, Eurasia and Africa, squirrels have also been introduced to other parts of the world too. They vary in size and range from the tiniest rodents to fairly mid-sized ones. The African Pygmy Squirrel, for example, measures only between 7 to 10 centimeters in length, weighing just about 10 grams, while the largest of the species, the Alpine Marmot, can measure up to 73 centimeters in length and can weigh up to 8 kilograms!
Can Squirrels Really Damage Property?
Now, the squirrels we usually come across may look small in size but when it comes to damages, there is simply no limit to the havoc they can create. Sometimes, they wreak destruction knowingly, and at other times, cause a great amount of trouble without even knowing it.
For example, power outages caused by squirrel electrocutions are a common problem in areas with a high squirrel population. Now, while they themselves get electrocuted in the process, they do cause a lot of damage by causing the outages too.
On the home front, they are a pain to have in the yards. From chewing on the bark of your ornamental trees to destroying the bird feeder, squirrels tend to damage even the stuff they do not eat! Allow the squirrels to run amok and these creatures are quite capable of completely changing the way your yard looks, for the worse!
These free-spirited creatures are also great at chewing holes in the structure of your home, apart from chewing on utility lines. Apart from the noise they make, they also end up leaving a trail of devastation in your attic, your garage, and just about any area where they find enough privacy to go about their activities. At times, homeowners have left their homes on a long vacation, only to come back and see multiple holes in the structure of their house!
Diseases Spread by Squirrels
Apart from the damage they cause through their nesting, feeding and food storage habits, squirrels are also carriers of several diseases, some of which they are capable of passing on to humans as well as other animals.
Among the most dangerous of diseases that squirrels are capable of passing on to humans is Lyme Disease. The ticks found on affected squirrels pass on the Borrelia bacteria to humans and the inflammable disease then goes on to affect the joints, the nervous system and even the heart.
Leptospirosis, Tularemia and even Plague are other serious health risks that squirrels are capable of passing on to humans.
All over the world, there are about 285 squirrel species that have been recognized until now. While most of these are known to survive in the wild with minimal interaction with humans, some species have been living in close contact with humans and their habitat. Although these members of the rodent family mostly stay out of the way due to their naturally shy behavior, when they do cause damage, it is on several fronts.