While they may delight some people by keeping them company while walking in the park, grey squirrels have the potential to cause considerable damage around a house.
Indeed, whether they are grey or black, you shouldn’t let these rodents do as they please on your property or you could suffer the consequences.
Here are some tips to follow if you want to prevent grey squirrels from posing a danger to your home.
Why is the grey squirrel a danger to your home?
Grey squirrels do not hibernate. This is why the ones that live in the forest usually move into the hollow of a trunk in the fall to protect themselves from the cold. However, in urban areas, many of them will choose to settle in a well-insulated attic or shed that will protect them more effectively from the cold, in addition to providing them with ample space to store their food supplies.
The problem is that the grey squirrel is an animal with much greater destructive power than it appears. It can take bird food and destroy feeders, dig up plant bulbs, eat buds and rummage through garbage cans. Moreover, it can gnaw on electrical wires, which greatly increases the risk of a fire being started due to a short circuit.
In short, grey squirrels may be cute, but it is better to observe them in the park or in the forest than at home.
Strategies to prevent squirrels from settling in your home
There are various measures you can take if you want to limit the chances that one or more grey squirrels will settle and wreak havoc in your home.
The first precaution you should take is pruning tree branches within 3 metres of your home. This will prevent grey squirrels from gliding into your attic or garage.
Eliminating food sources such as bird feeders is also a good way to keep squirrels at a distance.
Finally, you can also seal any openings that rodents might use. Since they can chew most materials, it is important to use wire meshes that are less than one centimetre in mesh size. Make sure there is no squirrel inside before you proceed!
Chasing away a grey squirrel that has settled in your home
Generally, when you apply the above prevention tips, you should not have to deal with a squirrel in the attic. However, if you find yourself in this situation, there are ways to get it out.
For example, you can keep the lighting on in the attic and play the radio. You can also try to catch the squirrel with a cage where you place bait. If you can capture it, you can then release it at a safe distance to prevent it from coming back.
Are you running out of solutions against grey squirrels who have stormed your house?
In conclusion, while there are several ways to prevent grey squirrel infestations, you may still not be able to get rid of them yourself.
If this is the case, do not hesitate to contact the Elite Pest Control team. With the help of wildlife friendly techniques, our technicians will be able to chase rodents out of your home and prevent them from ever setting foot back in!