Squirrel Control in New Jersey
Pests don’t always appear as scary looking insects. Sometimes they can be much larger and even appear to be cute, harmless animals. Such is the case with squirrels, a pest that can quickly become a headache for any New Jersey homeowner.
Squirrels are a common sight in woodland, residential, and urban areas of New Jersey. Read on to learn more about different types of squirrels that are native to the Garden State—and what you can do to get rid of them.
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern gray squirrels can commonly be seen leaping between trees and even homes. They are a species of tree squirrel and typically only live in areas where trees are present. That said, gray squirrels can be problematic for homeowners living in both suburban and rural areas.
As people have expanded their cities and neighborhoods, gray squirrels have had to become a bit more creative where they make their homes. They have become a major problem inside attics, crawl spaces, and behind wall voids of homes and businesses across New Jersey, increasing the need for professional squirrel removal.
Adult Eastern gray squirrels range in size from 6-8 inches, not including their tail, and are gray in color with a white underbelly. They have a distinctive bushy tail that they use to help balance themselves.
Southern Flying Squirrel
Despite their name, southern flying squirrels don’t actually fly like birds do. Instead, they jump and then glide from tree to tree or house to house with the help of a special membrane that runs between their front and back legs.
Flying squirrels are omnivores and will feed on a variety of items including:
- Small birds
Flying squirrels have a very similar appearance to tree squirrels. They have grayish-brown fur with a gray or white under-belly. Adults can range in size from 5-6 inches in length, not including their tails. Flying squirrels have large black eyes which allow them to have excellent night vision.
Dangers Associated With Squirrels
There are many reasons why one would want professional squirrel control in New Jersey, as squirrels have been known to:
- Cause damage to walls and insulation
- Introduce other pests such as fleas and mites
- Transmit diseases through bites and scratches
Like any wild animal, if squirrels feel threatened they can become aggressive and attack humans. If you do notice a squirrel inside your home, it is best to proceed with caution and call a professional.
Stopping squirrels from living and traveling through the trees on your property is very difficult and not practical, but there are steps that you can take to stop them from using your home as a nesting site.
First, you’ll want to prevent squirrels from gaining entrance into your home. Find and fix any large cracks or gaps in your home’s foundation or exterior walls to eliminate the possibility of these furry pests slipping inside your home.
Also, make sure that any chimneys have tight-fitting caps on them and that roof shingles are in place. In addition, you would do well to ensure that soffits are intact and that vent covers are secure.
Drawing Them Away
Squirrels are nimble creatures and are known to jump over far distances. It is a good idea to trim tree branches and other landscaping a good distance away from the exterior of your home.
Squirrels will tend to make their homes where there are adequate food sources, so you’ll want to place bird feeders on your property away from the exterior of your house. No matter how cute you may think they are, you should never purposely feed squirrels, as that will only give them more reason to sneak inside your home.
Professional Squirrel Removal
Squirrel removal on your home and property should only be done by an animal control expert; after all, squirrels are wild animals and do pose many dangers to you and your home. Fortunately, ChemTec is ready and willing to help you.
Aided by years of experience, the pros at ChemTec not only know all the hiding spots in New Jersey homes that squirrels like to frequent, but we also can remove these pests safely and humanely through our professional squirrel control services.
Contact ChemTec Pest Control
If squirrels have become a problem in your home or on your property, don’t worry. Contact ChemTec Pest Control today so we can help make your home pest free again.