When you look at a cute and fuzzy, long-tailed squirrel frantically nibbling on a nut, it is hard to believe that it could ever be a threat to you, your family, or your home. First of all, it doesn’t eat people; it clearly eats nuts. Second of all, it’s tiny. In a fair fight you would win every time. Then, of course, there’s the fact that you probably don’t know anyone who has ever been attacked by a squirrel. Thankfully, through the miracle of the internet, you can get to the truth. Squirrels aren’t always cute and adorable. These are creatures that can do quite a bit of damage with their claws and teeth. You should always take caution when squirrels are around.

Why do squirrels attack?

Squirrels are wild animals, and like all wild animals, they can be unpredictable. A squirrel can attack for a legitimate reason like being cornered, protecting young, or being wary from recent attacks by predators. But they can also lash out simply because they have a bad tempered personality. Most often squirrel attacks are directly connected to the rabies virus. When an animal has rabies, its behavior becomes even more erratic. The disorientation caused by this virus can cause squirrels to walk right up to humans, even though they are normally a skittish creature. It will also cause them to attack unexpectedly and quite aggressively.

When you find a squirrel in your home it is wise to have a professional deal with the problem. If that squirrel feels cornered or has babies to protect, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation; a situation that could be even more hazardous if the squirrels that have invaded your home have the rabies virus. Rabies is a potentially life-threatening condition.

What if I just leave that squirrel alone?

Squirrels are rodents, and as rodents they are motivated to chew. This chewing behavior will have them chewing wires, wood, insulation, and more. When wires become exposed they have the potential to cause a house fire, and when insulation gets ripped up you’re going to be spending more on those energy bills. It is certainly better to take care of this problem with professional services sooner than later to avoid such damages.

Don’t take a risk with squirrels. A professional will safely and humanely remove all infesting animals, seal up entry points, and decontaminate areas where these animals have left their waste products. It is a complete solution that ensures the safety of your home and your family. Don’t trust those squirrels. It could be hazardous to your health. If you need help identifying what kind of animal you have living in your home or want immediate service call ChemTec today!