What are squirrels?
New Jersey is home to the Eastern gray squirrel and the Southern flying squirrel. Eastern gray squirrels are 6 to 8 inches long and usually gray in color with white underbellies and long, bushy tails. They are active during the daytime hours. Southern flying squirrels are smaller, only 4 inches long and do not have tails. They have folds of skin between their front limbs and bodies, which allow them to glide between trees. These squirrels are active at night.
Why do I have them?
These destructive pests frequently nest in buildings. They will invade homes any time of year, but usually venture inside during the fall when they are looking for a cozy den or new food source. Like mice, rats and other rodents, squirrels will gnaw on wood to keep their constantly growing teeth sharp and at the proper length. They will chew through wooden siding, soffits and roofs to get inside. They will also gain entry under garage or shed doors, crawl space vents, chimney stacks or pet doors. Many burrow under man-made structures like porches, decks and sheds. They may also harbor in wood piles, brush, compost piles, stacks of construction lumber or any other place that provides an undisturbed shelter.
Are they dangerous?
When they come into contact with humans, squirrels can pose a significant health risk. Squirrels bring fleas, ticks, mites, worms and other harmful parasites into homes. They foul attics and crawl spaces with their urine and feces, which are vectors for harmful, sometimes fatal diseases. If threatened or protecting their young, squirrels may attack humans and some can transmit rabies. They also can chew on electrical wires, posing a serious fire hazard.
How do I get rid of squirrels?
Getting rid of squirrels is a difficult process and one that should be left to the professionals. A ChemTec pest professional will design a customized squirrel control program that fits the specific needs of your property, with the goal of humanely trapping and relocating all of these nuisance rodents.
Can I do it myself?
Attempting to evict wildlife, including squirrels, by an untrained professional often proves to be difficult as well as very dangerous. ChemTec Pest Control professionals are trained in identifying wildlife problems, the conditions that allow them to thrive and will implement effective measures to remove any existing wildlife as well as prevent future problems from occurring. Many do-it-yourself remedies, including traps to rid your property of squirrels simply do not work. Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, do-it-yourself measures can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.
Is the treatment safe?
The pest professionals at ChemTec Pest Control will first confirm the presence of squirrels in your home or business, and then create an animal control plan that will eliminate your pest problem quickly and in an environmentally responsible manner. Before any treatments begin, our inspectors will consult with you regarding your children, pets, and gardens and then based on your current situation; they will then customize a treatment plan specifically for you.
How soon can you get here?
ChemTec Pest Control is committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
What is the guarantee?
Our guarantee is simple: if you are not completely satisfied, we will give you your money back. If you have a problem with the pest after our services, just call us and we will come back to re-treat for the pest at no additional charge within the warranty period. We want all of our customers to be completely satisfied with our services and we will always work towards that goal. Please visit Our Guarantee page for more information.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Many problems with squirrels and other wild animals can be difficult to prevent, but homeowners can implement a few simple things to help discourage them from entering your home, such as:
Inspect the perimeter, soffit, fascia and the roof of your home regularly
Seal any potential entry holes
Screen crawl space and attic vents and place a cap on your chimney
Be on the lookout for signs of animal burrowing or activity when you mow the law
Locate wood piles and compost heaps well away from your home
Don’t allow yard debris of leaves to pile up
Install animal proof lids on outdoor trash receptacles
Often these do-it-yourself measures fail unfortunately, so many of our customers choose a continuous Protection Program to help guard against future squirrel infestations.
Where does ChemTec Pest Control service?
"They come out quarterly to do preventative treatments. They have an excellent service."
- Javier., Tappan, New York