Squirrels can cause a significant amount of damage to your shed, gnawing on its physical structure and dirtying it with feces and debris. Believe it or not, squirrels have the potential to spread dangerous diseases like tularemia, plague, and salmonellosis. They may also carry ticks and other parasites that could bite you and your pets. It’s important that you remove the squirrels from your shed and keep them out by squirrel-proofing your property. Call Squirrel Removal Toronto today for professional squirrel removal and exclusion services.
Squirrels are tree-dwelling rodents that can be found nearly all over the world. There are hundreds of species out there, but only the eastern grey squirrel and red squirrel are known to invade Canadian properties. The eastern grey squirrel is the largest of the two, with a head and body length of up to 30cm. Weighing somewhere between 400 and 600g, this squirrel is either fully black or appears greyish brown with a whiter belly. The red squirrel measures only up to 23cm in length and has a shorter tail. It is also distinctly red in colour and more common in areas with coniferous trees. Both squirrels are attracted to human homes and sheds for their warmth and security from predators.
The most effective way to get rid of squirrels is to find the entrance to the squirrels’ nest and attach a one-way door to it. This will allow the animals to exit the shed without getting hurt. Squirrels usually use one entrance to go in and out of the nest, so look for the nest and the hole that is closest to it. Purchase a one-way door from your local hardware store, or modify a trap so that the animals can safely walk through. Screw this right onto the shed, then seal any other holes you find. Be careful that you do not separate a mother from her babies, however. If there are babies in the nest, you will need to wait until they are grown, or carefully remove them and place them in an open box, next to the nest’s entrance.
Once removed, it is recommended that you address what caused the infestation in the first place. Squirrels are attracted to areas that have plenty of food, so be sure to remove bird feeders and store edible goods in tightly sealed containers. Pick up any fruit that may have fallen to the ground and protect your vegetable garden with row covers. Use lidded garbage cans, rake the leaves, and clean out the gutters. Then, consider protecting your home by covering vents with a 16-gauge, galvanized steel mesh. Check if your roof needs repairs.
Getting rid of squirrels yourself is easier said than done. Squirrels can get aggressive when they feel threatened, and a single bite or scratch could infect you with something terrible. Accidentally separating a mother from her young could also result in more damage to the shed as she frantically tries to get back inside. Call Squirrel Control for professional removal. Our technicians are highly experienced in squirrel removal and can block all entry points to the shed to prevent any more invasions from happening. Call Squirrel Control for pest control services you can rely on: 647-496-0815.