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How to Follow Up After Squirrel Removal

Maintaining a squirrel-free environment after professional removal can be a difficult task, especially if the right measures are not put in place. These small creatures may be aesthetically pleasant and somewhat playful, but they can present numerous challenges for homeowners when they invade roofs, attics, or gardens. They can cause significant damage to your property, consume birdseed, gnaw on wooden structures, and even constitute a fire hazard by chewing on wires. Hence, it becomes critically important to ensure proper follow-up measures post-squirrel removal. Here are a few essential steps homeowners should take to ensure their property remains squirrel-free.

Firstly, it’s important to inspect your home thoroughly for any potential entry and exit points. Any cracks or holes in your roofs or walls can allow squirrels easy access to your home. During the inspection, consider enlisting the services of a professional who can thoroughly examine your property for any signs of structural damage or areas that require sealing. This includes vents, soffits, eave gaps, and other damaged sections that could become potential entry points. Once these are identified, they should be sealed immediately with durable materials like steel mesh or metal flashing to ensure they cannot be chewed through.

Secondly, homeowners should maintain a clean environment both inside and outside their properties. Overgrown vegetation, piles of firewood, or cluttered spaces can provide shelter or breeding spots for squirrels, attracting them back to your property. Therefore, homeowners should consistently trim branches that reach close to the roof, remove firewood piles, or any other debris from the yard. Additionally, keep your garden clean by promptly removing fallen fruits or nuts, which can attract squirrels. Remember, the goal of these actions is to make your home less attractive to squirrels.

Another effective strategy is to secure your trash. Squirrels are opportunistic feeders, and they are attracted to places with readily available food. So, if you have garbage cans outside, ensure they have secure lids and are not easily accessible. Where possible, store the bins in a solid, lockable container or a structure such as a sturdy shed. If you feed pets outside, do not leave behind their food, clean it up once they’re done eating. Similarly, bird feeders can also attract squirrels, so you might want to invest in squirrel-proof bird feeders or avoid outdoor feeding entirely if a squirrel infestation is a persistent problem.

While acting proactively is the ideal approach to prevent a re-infestation, it is also crucial to monitor your property for any signs of a squirrel presence frequently. Regular monitoring involves looking for indicators such as droppings, gnaw marks, or damaged fruits and vegetables in your garden. Homeowners should also pay attention to unusual sounds, especially at night, as they could be a sign of a squirrel invasion. If you do notice any of these signs, it’s best to call a professional squirrel removal service right away. They can identify the type of squirrel species causing nuisance, understand their behavior, and accordingly implement the best removal strategy.

Ultimately, proper follow-up after squirrel removal means maintaining a consistent strategy that focuses on prevention and monitoring. Keeping your home and yard clean, being diligent about sealing potential entry points, and closely watching for signs of squirrel activity are all necessary for a squirrel-free environment. It might feel overwhelming, but remember that professional squirrel removal services are always available to provide advice, assistance, and the peace of mind that your home is guarded against future squirrel invasions. You’ll enjoy a safe and secure home where squirrels behave as they should—charming creatures viewed from a distance, living peacefully in their natural habitats.

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By D.Clow – Maryland on 2006-05-28 08:44:55