Squirrel Removal Los Angeles CA
We all know squirrels as those cute, adorable little furry critters that dogs love to chase after. When we see a squirrel out in the park, most of us go aw and stop to take a picture. However, not so much when it’s inside our home. Because of their burrowing nature, squirrels are classified as a pest species, and so necessitate professional wildlife removal. This is where Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution comes in.
Squirrels Appearance, Behavior, & Diet
There are lots of subspecies of squirrels, which is why it’s difficult to give an exact description. As a rule, squirrels are small mammals, measuring as little as 5 inches (or 15 cm) in the case of pygmy squirrels. They’re known for their thick fur coat, with colors ranging from light gray to all sorts of earthy, red shades.
They’re usually diurnal, or at most crepuscular, and can survive in a wide range of different habitats. They can eat many things, although they cannot digest cellulose. On occasion, squirrels have been known to eat small birds, and rodents, but most of their diet is made up of nuts, seeds, fungi, and the like. Visit aaanimalcontrol.com to learn how to get rid of squirrels quickly.
In the large majority of cases, you’ll find squirrels living inside your attic. It’s easy to get to, and has a very sparsely populated room, which makes it ideal for wildlife nests. In order to remove the squirrel(s), Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution will first make an assessment visit. During this initial phase, we’ll ascertain the location and number of squirrels on your property. We’ll also outline a course of action, which we’ll figure out alongside you.
At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we focus on humane squirrel removal. This means we won’t use poisons or snap traps that would kill the squirrel. We find that poison and lethal traps are largely unnecessary in squirrel removal, so prefer to focus on live trapping instead.
In the next phase of the removal process, we’ll lure and trap the squirrel in a secure, but non-harmful trap. Then, we will use that to carry the squirrel away to a safe location, where it can’t bother you or other local property owners. We will also clean and repair any damage done by the squirrel to your property, and advise you on future preventive methods. This includes identifying the squirrel’s entry point, as well as what attracted it to your home in the first place.
Most of the damage caused by an intruding squirrel is internal and is caused by their incessant gnawing. Because of their very sharp incisors, squirrels like to chew on things, which means they’re apt to damage wood structures, fabrics, furniture, and so on. What’s worse, they may chew through electric wires, thus posing the risk of explosion or fire, and endangering you and your family.
Lastly, squirrels can damage your garden and yard by digging through it, upsetting flowerbeds, etc., but easily the most serious danger is that of explosion or fire. So squirrels, harmless though they may seem, are not to be ta
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How To Prevent Your Home from Squirrels
Squirrels are incredibly common discoveries in your yard or property. Many people frequently see them in their outside space or around the vicinity of their home and many people do not ever intervene. Because squirrels are so common, you may not think anything needs to be completed to keep them away from your home or space, and many people may not ever have problems that result from squirrels, but many people do and it is impossible to know which party you will end up in until the damage occurs.
Squirrels can cause all sorts of damage to your home. They love to chew. This chewing can occur in their most-frequented space, your trees, or they may even begin chewing up easily accessible parts of your home if they are unable to find something to chew on elsewhere. Chewing parts of your trees may seem normal, and it is, but it can cause severe damage to the largest fixtures in your yard. This tree damage can eventually lead to the yard or home damage because of falling trees, branches, or limbs. Chewing directly on your home can cause severe damage that requires pricey and frequent repairs. Here are a few ways to keep squirrels away from your home and yard:
Trees, Shrubs, and Bushes
Keep your natural yard fixtures well-maintained. This means you need to regularly trim your shrubs and bushes. Squirrels love the coverage, so large bushes and shrubs provide them an easily accessible shelter. These shrubs and bushes are also a food source that gives them an additional reason to stay in your area. They will also enjoy chewing or snacking on parts of your trees, so making sure your oaks are well-maintained and regularly checked for damage can help keep squirrels out of your yard and keep your home from being damaged by falling branches or limbs.
Trees can also provide easy access to your home. If there are any overhanging branches or limbs, squirrels can use them as an easy way to access the exterior of your home and begin chewing and causing damage to those areas.
Food Sources & Trash
Make sure there are no sources or no easy access areas to food in your yard or the areas surrounding your home. Animals love homes that keep their trash and pet food outside and within easy reach. Make sure your trash cans and trash bins are securely shut or inside your garage or shed. If placing them inside those areas of your home is not feasible, have them securely shut or locked up. This will not only keep squirrels away but larger wildlife as well. Keeping your pet food inside is also helpful. Squirrels and other wildlife will gladly enjoy the kibble that you thoughtfully set out for your cats and dogs.
Water sources are also an attractive feature of many yards or homes. If you have a birdbath or water bowl for your pet outside of your home or in your yard consider removing it from the space or adjust it to make it inaccessible to wildlife that enters your space.
Natural or Chemical Squirrel Deterrents
The previous sections were about removing items that are attractive to squirrels. This section is about adding things that are unattractive to them. You can add certain species of flowers to your yard or outside space. Certain species are unattractive to squirrels because of smell or color, so adding them can help deter them from your space. There are also other natural deterrents that squirrels dislike. The smell of black pepper or garlic is unattractive, so utilizing those smells in your yard or outside area can help keep the squirrels at bay.
If natural deterrents do not work for your space, there are chemical repellents or deterrents that you can implement to help you keep the animals away. Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solutioncan help advise you on the best and most useful chemical repellents.
If you have a surplus of wildlife in your yard or space, you can contact Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution for guidance and advice on how to repel and keep the animals away. If you have animals that are already frequenting your yard, or you have other large types of wildlife, Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution can assist with the removal and relocation as well.