Squirrels can, in fact, carry diseases that could be harmful to humans. These diseases include rabies, tick fever, and Powassan virus encephalitis. If a squirrel looks like it isn’t afraid of humans, stay away from it. This could be a sign of rabies.
Call (219) 707-1968 to learn more about squirrel removal, trapping, control, and repair of any damage caused by the squirrels in Northwest Indiana.
We often find eastern gray squirrels and flying squirrels using attics as their preferred home in Northwest Indiana.
These squirrels use your attic to stay away from predators at night and sleep during hibernation. Gray squirrels and flying squirrels often use an open soffit to enter your home, chew a hole through siding, or shingles high on a roof. Ground squirrels and chipmunks often find a small hole behind siding at ground level. Mother squirrels often have babies in attics, which causes a major problem if the mother squirrel is trapped before her young are able to get out on their own. Baby squirrels that are still dependent on their mother will almost always die in your attic and possibly cause a smell in your home. Squirrels are a gnawing animal, which means they have to chew constantly to prevent their teeth growing too long. A gnawing animal’s teeth continuously grow, which will make it uncomfortable for the animal if it doesn’t have anything to chew on. Squirrels will chew through just about anything: plastic pipes, vents, wires, wood, and siding. This can cause a problem for you as a homeowner if they chew through one of these items.
What do we do for Squirrel problems?
We have a few different processes we take to remedy squirrel issues. An exclusion, or forcing them out and closing possible entry points, is the way to go when dealing with squirrels in your home. This could include installing animal proof vent covers, installing wire on the bottom of your deck/shed, or putting a painted steel sheet in your soffit!
Squirrels prefer lightly to heavily wooded areas, but their perimeter has increased. They are known to venture into cities wherever trees bearing nuts can be found.
Bats often reside in abandoned buildings. Bats are a common nuisance because of their odor, droppings, and because many people have developed a common fear of the animal.
Are squirrels nocturnal?
Flying squirrels are nocturnal, whereas red and gray squirrels are not.
Squirrels’ diets consist mainly of plants, such as nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi, and green vegetation. However, when squirrels are desperate for food they will eat meat. Squirrels have been known to eat insects, eggs, small birds, young snakes, and smaller rodents.
- Squirrels can live to be more than 18 years old!
- There are several different types of squirrels, with the main three in Indiana being the gray squirrel, the red squirrel, and the southern flying squirrel.