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Squirrel Control: Steps for Eliminating Squirrels From Your Home

As long as they remain in their natural environment, squirrels are cute creatures that contribute to the sylvan surroundings of backyards and wooded areas that abut residential properties. However, squirrels aren’t dedicated to living in the wild. If given the chance, they will also take up residence in your home. When this happens, you should call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to remove the squirrels in a safe and effective way. Not only can Holper’s eradicate your squirrel problem, but they can also access squirrel damages and provide a bid for repair. One call does it all, when you contact Holper’s.

Signs of a Squirrel Infestation
Like many other animals and pests that can invade your home, squirrels typically exhibit certain signs that indicate they are present. Often, these signs can be mistaken for something else, such as a mouse infestation or the work of termites. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we commonly observe the following signs that indicate a home has a squirrel problem.

  • Squirrels entering the attic or chimney space
  • Chewed bark on young trees
  • Devouring of yard and garden plants
  • Observing squirrels fighting over food
  • Seeing an abundance of squirrel droppings in or near the residence

Unlike many insects and residentially bothersome animals, squirrels can wreak havoc both inside and outside your home. Inside, they can chew holes in wood, chew through electrical wires, and run through interior spaces and create unwanted noise, to name a few. Outside, they can damage specially placed trees and plants, and make unwanted noise as they fight for food.

When to Perform Squirrel Control
Because squirrels are a part of the natural environment in most neighborhoods, their presence is more taken for granted than the presence of, say, termites or hornets. However, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can determine when a squirrel problem is present, however subtle it may seem to be, and perform the following squirrel control measures, among others, to resolve the problem.

Remove Attractants
Squirrels are attracted to food sources such as ripe berries, nuts, acorns, fruits, and bird seed. They will also chow down on leftover human food and drinks, as well as food for cats and dogs. Removing attractants is a relatively simple process. For example, securing garbage containers with locking mechanisms, replacing birdseed with a kind that squirrels don’t like (e.g., safflower or niger) and regularly plucking berries from bushes and trees can have a noticeable effect.

To ensure that squirrels stay away from your home and don’t return, it may also be helpful to locate squirrel repellant at strategic locations around the home and its surrounding territory.

Limit Accessibility
Once squirrels make a nest in your residence, they will defend it as they would if it were in the wild. Consequently, the following steps may be taken to prevent another nest after the current one is gone: keeping tree limbs over ten feet away from the home to make it hard for squirrels to reach the residence, covering electrical and telephone wires with tubing that is too smooth for squirrels to travel, installing a chimney guard, and patching holes that lead into the home.

Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions
Different residences have different types of squirrel control needs. If we determine that you have a squirrel problem, we will tell you exactly what must be done to fix it, and prevent the same problem from occurring in the future. We don’t just help our customers banish the present problem; we also take measures to prevent the situation from recurring, so our customers can rest easy, knowing that their residence will be protected from future squirrel control issues.

If you think that you are dealing with a squirrel problem, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you make your home a more pleasurable place to live!

When Should You Use a Professional for Squirrel Removal?

“Why do I need a professional in squirrel removal to come to my house to get rid of squirrels? Can’t I just do it myself?” Given the number of squirrel control options available at your local hardware or home improvement store, this is a pretty fair question. For the DIY inclined homeowner especially it is tempting to get rid of squirrels yourself. But there are some things to consider before jumping in to the task.

Unlike a mole problem, which we believe you might be able to eradicate yourself if you’re up to the challenge, it is a bit more complicated to get rid of squirrels. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis squirrel removal expert, and as a trusted adviser to the St. Louis community, we want to make sure you don’t waste your time and money on ineffective solutions.

Chemicals for Squirrels

Ask around about how to get rid of squirrels and you’ll get a variety of answers, many of the homebrew variety. We’ve heard of spraying urine in your attic or setting up strobe lights in there, letting wild cats roam your property to scare the squirrels away, mothballing the attic, and placing all sorts of homemade and commercial poisons in bait. If you can think of it, somebody has probably tried it. But there’s a reason why you get so many answers when you ask how to get rid of squirrels: it’s because none of them consistently work.

Chemical and homebrew treatments don’t work because, for one, squirrels are very smart. They have excellent vision, strong spatial memory, and a powerful sense of smell. Even though a squirrel’s brain is just the size of a walnut, they are actually very intelligent and can easily see through amateur attempts at squirrel removal. They’ll know when a new scent is present or when something has spatially changed. They’ll just move, not go away. And even if you do manage to outsmart these intelligent creatures, a deterrent is temporary at best and a poison just means you’ll need to remove a dead squirrel from your walls later on. That’s smelly, messy, and has all sorts of hidden costs.

Pest control companies don’t use chemicals and poisons for squirrel removal. You shouldn’t either. If you’re on a DIY path for squirrel control then at least try and mimic what the professionals are doing. They know how to get rid of squirrels better than anyone.

Squirrel Trapping

Squirrel trapping is the best approach for squirrel control. But, squirrel trapping requires a special set of skills and knowledge. For starters, there are dozens of trap types. Each type serves a unique purpose and circumstance. Although you can buy generic traps at the store, unless you know when and where to put them and how to operate them, you’re likely wasting your money and adding to your frustration. Squirrel trapping often requires precise placement in difficult to access areas around your home – mostly high up by the attic or tree tops.

If you are successful at trapping your squirrel, you also have to consider squirrel removal. What are you going to do with it now that you’ve caught one? Your local pest control company should be able to remove and humanely dispose of the wildlife. Also know that in some states or municipalities, civilian squirrel trapping may not be legal. Please check with your local municipality to see if you need a special license to kill or trap squirrels on your own.

When to Use a Professional

You should use a squirrel removal expert when you are certain you have a squirrel problem – that is, when they’ve already moved in to your personal space. Deterrents, fumigation, and poison are unreliable at eliminating the problem. Trapping is effective and simple in theory but difficult in practice. Your local squirrel removal expert knows better than anyone how to get rid of squirrels and should be able to efficiently eradicate the problem.

We’ve witnessed over and over the carnage of a homeowner trying to remove a squirrel themselves. Most of the time, using homebrew remedies, the homeowner just made the problem worse. One of the biggest mistakes is disrupting a squirrel’s current residence in the attic. Once a squirrel has a nest inside, trapping them in the attic will only result in an anxious and erratic squirrel trying to bust their way out. Similarly, if you’ve blocked the squirrel out and their nest is inside, they’ll tear your house apart trying to get back in. This is a problem that doesn’t go away until the squirrel goes away. Eviction is not in a squirrel’s vocabulary.

When to Do It Yourself

Don’t pay someone else to do something you can do yourself. Despite the complexities of squirrel control, there are options to prevent the problem altogether. When you know how to prevent squirrels from entering your home you don’t have to worry about how to get rid of squirrels in the first place. When it comes to prevention, you can be your own squirrel removal expert.

The best form of prevention is to limit access to your structure. Make sure to trim branches so that none of them come within at least six feet of the structure. Squirrels typically get access to your attic using nearby trees. You can also limit access by sealing up any holes or cracks you have that might be exploited by the squirrel to tear their way in to the attic.

How Holper’s Can Help

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis squirrel removal expert. We study your property and your home to understand exactly where they are entering and where they are hiding. With over 30 years of experience, we know that one size doesn’t fit all. The approach to trapping is unique to your situation, which is why we apply local knowledge, combined with pest control expertise, to ensure that the problem is solved and not just concealed.

Our squirrel removal techniques are humane, non-invasive, and safe for your home. By trapping the squirrels we do not introduce any dangerous poisons and we are able to confirm effective removal (instead of leaving a dead animal hidden in your walls somewhere). So if your home and peace of mind are under assault by a squirrel, call Holper’s today (314-544-PEST) and discover how we can set you free from these pests with precision and effectiveness.

5 Amazing Facts About Squirrels

Squirrels are curious creatures that have achieved a status in pop culture nearly unmatched by any other pest. In no other city than St. Louis have they especially reached such a spectacular reputation, mostly thanks to the 2011 MLB Playoffs and the Cardinals’ encounter with the now forever famous Rally Squirrel. But, there’s more to squirrels than cartoon charactersgood luck charms, and TV commercials. Here are five fun facts about squirrels that you probably didn’t know.

Masters of Deception

Squirrels might look cute and innocent, but they are masters of deception. When a paranoid squirrel has food but thinks it is being watched, the squirrel will stuff food in its cheeks, then dig a hole, pretend to drop food in it, and cover the hole back up. Why? The squirrel is trying to throw an enemy off its trail with a decoy cache of food! Other squirrels or birds, hoping to take the stash, will then focus on the fake burial site while the squirrel buries the real stash somewhere else, safe from prying eyes.

Squirrels also run in seemingly erratic paths intended to deceive potential predators as to its chosen path of escape. That’s why they look so crazy when you’re driving down the road and encounter what looks like a surely suicidal squirrel in the street. In reality they are trying to confuse your car with misdirection, often to their own demise.

Talk to the Tail

A squirrel’s bushy tail is an important part of its iconic stature. Although, that tail is more than just a multiplier for cuteness. Squirrels actually use their tail for a number of reasons. For one, they move it around to signal anxiety of aggression. Similarly, they fluff it out to impress and attract mates. When it comes to climbing, and accomplishing impressive feats of acrobatics, the tail works to provide balance. The tail even works to aid in temperature control! In the summer, squirrels use their tail as a fan to cool themselves down and as shade from the sun. Then in the winter, squirrels wrap their tail around their body like a blanket to keep warm.

I’ve Got My Eye On You

Squirrels have noticeably large eyes which are positioned high on their head. Baby squirrels are actually born blind and remain that way for six to eight weeks, but once developed they have an excellent field of vision. That field of vision, combined with high placement on the head, is a big part of the reason why squirrels can move so quickly and effectively up, down, and across trees. Yes, they can see you. And yes, they’re watching.

High Speed Chase

Have you ever noticed squirrels madly chasing each other through the trees at an impressively fast pace? This odd behavior is exactly what it looks like: one squirrel chasing another. The ritual of chasing, which occurs through trees at top speed, is a male chasing a female and it happens during mating season. From time to time you’ll also have one male chasing another male as it seeks to ward off a threat.

Can I Stay for a While?

Adult squirrels typically live alone. They also never hibernate. But, during excessive cold or a winter storm squirrels will ride out the storm in their nest for as long as it takes. And even though they prefer to live alone, when the weather gets bad a squirrel will share its nest with other squirrels who congregate together to stay warm and preserve body heat. Once the storm is over, the guests will again mind their own business and move along.

Need Help With Squirrel Removal?

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis area squirrel removal expert. We’ve been serving the St. Louis region for over three decades and we are proudly the leaders in squirrel removal. Our combination of local knowledge and squirrel removal skills are why every season homeowners all across St. Louis choose Holper’s to handle their tricky, deceptive, and annoying squirrel problems. Call your local squirrel removal expert today (314-544-PEST) to learn more about how we can help you protect your home.