Squirrels are one of the most dangerous of rodent pests in the Ontario region, and carry the same kinds of disease-causing bacteria and ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks and lice as rats and mice. Their excrement and urine is a further health hazard, and when squirrels die hidden away in closed wall and roof spaces, or in other hard-to-access locations, the subsequent decay of their carcasses can be both foul smelling and provide an attractive breeding ground for flies, fleas and other insect pests.
Squirrels cause extensive damage to property, particularly when they gnaw holes in roofs, gutters, soffits, eaves and attics in order to break in and hibernate during the cold winter months. They have even been known to create fire hazards by gnawing through electric wiring.
At Imperial Pest Control, we find that the best ways to control and prevent squirrel invasions is to trap and remove offending animals, and then set up baits and take other effective measures to ensure that they can’t get back in.
You will know you have a squirrel problem if you frequently see numerous squirrels running about your yard, in your trees, across power and telephone lines or along fence tops. You may also see squirrel droppings, or hear odd scratching noises in your attic or shed that sound louder than any sort of noise rats could make.