A Helpful Guide To Preventing Pesky Squirrels Around Your Pearland Home
Squirrels may be fun to watch scurrying up and down the trees when you are taking a nature hike or sitting in the park. But when the squirrels are in your yard, watching them run around becomes less fun and more frustrating.
At Modern Pest Control, our Pearland pest control specialists have the extensive damage that squirrels can cause to homes and other structures. Our goal is to keep you and your home safe from these destructive rodents. Here is a look at some things you can do to prevent squirrels from destroying your home and property.
The Role Squirrels Play In Our Environment
Squirrels in Pearland play a vital role in creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. While they may look like your average woodland creature, squirrels are skilled gardeners. While squirrels are omnivores that eat both meat and plants, some of their favorite foods include nuts, seeds, berries, and acorns.
They will usually bury any nuts and seeds that they don't eat immediately. Sometimes, they will come back to gather their stored food later, but most of the time, they forget about it. The forgotten seeds will then grow into a new plant or tree. Also, while they dig through the ground, they are aerating the nearby soil, which helps to provide oxygen to other nearby plant roots.
Why You Don't Want Squirrels Hanging Around
Squirrels are beneficial, but they are not needed or wanted in residential areas. If they are able to hang around your property for too long, they can cause a lot of damage to the interior and exterior of your home. Some of the common types of damage that many homeowners find after dealing with squirrels on their property include:
- Shredded insulation in your home
- Damage to your HVAC system
- Chewed electrical wires inside of your home
- Holes and cracks chewed in your siding
- Chewed-up electrical and phone cables
Squirrels are also known to carry and spread dangerous diseases to humans. If you accidentally come into contact with an infected squirrel's droppings or urine, you could end up catching ringworm or tularemia.
Naturally Effective Tips To Prevent Squirrels Around Your Yard
Squirrels are capable of invading almost any yard in Pearland. The secret to keeping squirrels out of your yard is to make them as unappealing and inaccessible as possible. Some of the things that you can do to prevent squirrels from invading your property include:
- Don't place bird feeders near your home
- Install metal, chew-proof screens on your chimneys and outside vents
- Trim back any tree limbs that are close to your house
- Seal any gaps or cracks around your home
- Remove fallen fruit and berries from the ground as soon as possible
- Make sure your outdoor trash cans have lockable lids on them
- Put a net over any fruit-producing plants
While squirrels prefer to live outdoors in the wild, they are known to nest inside homes when they live in residential areas. Attics and other out-of-the-way areas are great options for squirrels looking for a safe place to take cover and wait out the extreme outdoor temperatures.
The Best Way To Keep Squirrels And Other Wildlife Away
Keeping squirrels out of your Pearland yard can be a frustrating headache. At Modern Pest Control, we take the hassle out of squirrel control. When you give us a call, our experienced technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your property to determine the best course of action to take to eliminate all squirrels from your property for good. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today.