The Problem With Squirrels Hanging Around Your Austin Property

11/13/2020

Squirrels are a fixture of most neighborhoods in the U.S. You can find them coast to coast, from the shores of New England to valleys of California and just about everywhere in between. They rarely ever show aggression to humans and better known for stealing birdseed than threatening health and safety.

gray squirrel in yard

Unfortunately, the truth is, when squirrels decide to take up residence on your property, they can be harmful to your home and family. Here’s a look at some of the problems squirrels cause in Austin.

About Squirrels

There are eight species of squirrel that are indigenous to Texas that can be separated into different categories depending on their physiology and lifestyle. Generally, tree squirrels like the large fox squirrel are the most common in Austin homes. Squirrels can be recognized by their bushy tails and dense fur.

Squirrels are rodents, like mice and rats. And like all members of the rodent family, squirrels have teeth that continue to grow throughout the duration of their lives. To prevent their teeth from becoming too long, squirrels and other rodents must constantly gnaw in order to trim them. In other words, they’ll chew up anything in sight.

Tree squirrels are at their most comfortable in elevated places and will seek shelter in attics and lofts if given the opportunity. While some folks find squirrels cute and even feed them, they can cause serious headaches for you and your family.

Problems Squirrels Cause

Squirrels can be one of the most frustrating pests to have in your home. Before you keep feeding that cute critter in your yard, there are few things you should know about the problems squirrels cause:

  • They’re destructive – Squirrels will chew up wood, storage boxes, furniture, plastic, and electrical wiring. It’s not uncommon for rodents like squirrels to start fires as a result of chewing through wires.
  • They spread disease – Rodent droppings are known to carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. Not to mention, squirrels can also carry parasites like ticks and fleas, which spread their own pathogens.
  • They’re extremely noisy – Squirrels have no regard for peace and quiet and will rob you of a good night’s sleep. They will thump and scurry around your attic or loft, causing an awful ruckus.

How To Prevent Squirrels

The good news is, there are ways you can prevent squirrels from congregating on your Austin property and coming into your home.

  • Don’t feed them – Squirrels are perfectly capable of foraging on their own and don’t need your help to get a meal. Don’t go out of your way to feed squirrels.
  • Eliminate food sources – Rake up any nuts, seeds, or fruit that may fall on your property. Make sure garbage bins are tightly closed. And try to reduce or eliminate bird feeders on your property. Even so-called “squirrel-proof” feeders are rarely effective at keeping squirrels at bay and are essentially a buffet for the furry rodents.
  • Repair holes and structural damage – Squirrels only need a small opening to get into your property. Evaluate your home for any gaps or holes and stuff them will steel wool or seal with metal plates.
  • Scare them off – Enlisting the help of your dog or cat to chase squirrels can be a highly effective strategy. Although it won’t get rid of them for good, it can deter them from congregating on your property.

If you’re experiencing squirrel problems on your property, get in touch with the professionals at Accurate Termite & Pest Control. We will answer any concerns you may have and provide removal and protection from squirrels in your Austin home. Contact us today.

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