Squirrels are known to hoard food in the fall in preparation for winter. They get incredibly busy looking for food and a warm place to wait out the cold. Your property may be susceptible to squirrel activity. Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your home from squirrel damage and invasion. For all your pest removal needs, call Squirrel Removal Toronto.
The most common species of squirrel in Ontario is the grey squirrel. This squirrel measures up to 30cm long and has a bushy tail up to 25cm in length. Grey squirrels have either grey-brown or fully black fur coats. Red squirrels are the second most common, measuring only up to 21cm and appearing reddish-brown in colour. Both these squirrels feed primarily on a diet of buds, seeds, fruit, and nuts. Squirrels are attracted to people’s yards because they provide them with many things to eat. The problem with having lots of squirrels in the yard is that it risks causing a squirrel invasion into the home.
To keep squirrels away, start by removing food sources from the yard. If you have fruit trees, be sure to pick up their fruit as soon as they have fallen to the ground. Vegetables and bulbs can also be covered with a steel mesh. Mow the lawn regularly and rake up the leaves as they fall. Use garbage cans with sealed lids and try storing them in either the garage or a small shed that is inaccessible to squirrels. Always pick up after yourself when eating outside. If you enjoy feeding the birds, switch to hanging birdfeeders that are several feet away from the house or any nearby.
Once you’ve reduced their sources of food, you should consider squirrel-proofing the structure of your home to prevent any squirrels from setting up shop in your attic. Squirrels commonly invade people’s homes in the fall in search of a warm place to stay for the winter. Check your roof for any gaps or cracks that squirrels could use to get inside and repair them accordingly. Drip edges, for instance, sometimes warp over time and become separated from the framing of the house. Squirrels also chew their way through roof vents and climb down the chimney, but you can protect these potential entry points by capping them with a strong steel mesh.
Keeping squirrels away from your yard in the fall is a good idea. When given the opportunity, squirrels will not hesitate to tear up your vegetable garden or build nests in your attic. If you’re worried about a squirrel invasion, give Squirrel Control a call. Our technicians are experienced in squirrel removal and pest-proofing. We’ll give your home a thorough inspection and treat whatever squirrel problem you may have. Call Squirrel Control now.