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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.

St. Louis Termite Control

Five Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

Did you know termites are a bigger threat to Missouri homeowners than fire, flood, and storm damage? Even though we hear more about these unfortunate events in the news than we do termites, it’s the tiny pests that do the real damage. In fact the National Pest Management Association, to which we belong, estimates that termites cost American homeowners $5 billion in damage each year!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis pest control expert for nearly three decades. We’ve experienced firsthand, over and over, the type of damage termites can do to your home. The good news is that you don’t have to live in fear of termites. You just have to know a little bit about termite control and how to spot them, treat them, and keep them away.

Termites are most active in spring as termite swarms gather for reproduction and new colony formation. But the reality is termites are active year round in one form or another. They just happen to be spotted by humans more frequently in the spring. An important aspect of effective termite control is to know how to spot termites even when they aren’t swarming.

St. Louis Termite Control

Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls

Termites mostly travel in tunnels made of mud as they search for food. You’ll typically find termite tunnels on top of brick, concrete, or other hard surfaces (like your foundation). If you spot even one mud termite tunnel on the outside of your home you have termites and should immediately consider investing in termite control.

Hollow Wood

Termites eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The problem is they don’t eat in plain sight. Termites prefer dark and humid environments so they typically eat wood from the inside out. Hollow logs around your lawn are one thing, but also look for soft or hollow sounding wood in your walls and door frames. Cracked or bubbling paint might also reveal the tip of an iceberg. In our experience with St. Louis termite control we’ve seen the harsh realities of undetected termite activity that had been going on for years.

Frass and Sawdust

Drywood termites especially produce wood-colored droppings called frass. If termites are present in your home you might spot trails of frass or sawdust left behind by a hungry colony of termites. Frass is often encountered in small piles and it looks like tiny wood pellets or salt and pepper colored sawdust.

Discarded Wings

Termite swarms generally go about 600-900 feet from their original nest. They don’t get very far before their wings fall off – which you’ll find often en masse near windows, doors, or light fixtures. Windowsills are an especially common place to find discarded wings.

Cracked Entry Points

You’re more likely to have termites if your home is an attractive environment for them. Termites enter your home through wood-to-ground contact such as doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps. They also exploit cracks in your foundation or in brick mortar. Finally, they prefer moisture. So the more moisture you have close to your home – the more likely they’ll be nearby. Watch for water pooling around your gutters and structure.

St. Louis Termite Control

Termites are tricky business. They’re hard to spot and homeowners often discover them before it is too late. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the St. Louis termite control expert and would be honored to partner with you in termite control. We have tremendous local knowledge, award-winning customer service, and a passion for enabling peace of mind in your home through effective pest control. Call your Holper’s St. Louis termite control expert today and let us partner with you in your battle against termites!