We’re getting a lot of inquiries right now about squirrel invaders, with many people wondering if the increase is tied to mating season. If you are one of the unlucky homeowner’s whose house has been adopted by a squirrel, we can answer all your questions about squirrel problems and squirrel removal.
Is It Squirrel Mating Season?
Yes it is! Most adult females first breed in December or January. Each litter consists of 3-5 young, who spend the first three months in the nest before heading out to discover the world. If you hear scampering in your attic, knocking noises above your head, or scratching in the ceiling and walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you likely have squirrels in your home. If it is a pregnant squirrel that has chosen your home to birth her young, she will then look at it as her home. It won’t be long until you have a family of squirrels enjoying the benefits and bounty of your warm home as protection from the elements. The longer they remain, the more potential danger to your biggest investment–your home.
What’s So Bad About a Squirrel Problem?
In a word: damage. While many wildlife visitors to your property are merely a nuisance, a squirrel can pose a significant threat to property, health, and welfare. During the fall and winter, squirrels will often enter homes and businesses for shelter. Squirrels first create damage to your home when they chew their way inside at the gutter line or through a louvered vent. Once inside, the damage multiplies. Their activity in your attic, along with their urine, can leave your insulation compressed and compromised.
Many structure fires of unknown origin are believed to be caused by squirrels gnawing into electrical wires. These zealous chewers have also been known to destroy wiring in cars!
Disease is also a concern where squirrels are concerned. They are known carriers of, and capable of transmitting, the following diseases: leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, encephalitis, typhus, and in very rare cases, rabies. Lyme disease is also spread by the ticks that squirrels carry.
Who Handles Squirrel Problems?
For over 30 years, Holper’s has been solving St. Louis squirrel infestations by trapping, the only successful method to deal with this problem. The trained professionals of Holper’s will inspect your home to determine entry points and then begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage. While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.
Holper’s Gives You Your Home Back With Guaranteed Repairs
Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step: repairing the damage done by the squirrels. The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected. Holper’s takes great pride in the quality of the repairs done for their clients–so much so that we guarantee no animal will get through our repair! Pride of workmanship is a hallmark of the Holper’s difference.
If squirrel mating season has led to a squirrel removal problem, call 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s do what we do best. We will solve your squirrel problems to give you back your home.