You can often find squirrels scurrying up trees and rummaging through the
grass. They are a natural part of our landscape, a common sight. In fact,
their soft, small demeanor charms most individuals. But while they may
seem adorable, they can do more damage and harm than most expect. To help
inform you of the trouble these little critters can cause, we have compiled a list.
Danger to Humans
Like most animals who live out in the wild, squirrels can carry bacteria
and rabies. They also may have fleas or ticks that can transfer to humans.
If one bites you, it is important that you wash your hands with soap and
water and seek medical attention. We encourage you not to feed squirrels,
as it puts your health in danger and encourages them to beg for food.
Danger to Homes
Squirrels have a bad habit of chewing on many things, one of the primary
being your wires. If a squirrel enters your home, they may start biting
cords and fraying the protective covering. Not only does this cause electrical
damage but it can be a fire hazard. Protect your house from squirrels
by removing them from your residence.
Danger to Pets
Much like their interaction with humans, squirrels can pose similar risks
for pets. Because animals process ticks and rabies differently, the damage
will vary. In addition, squirrels are particularly annoying when you have
birds. They will get into the feeders and scare off other birds.
Danger to Plants
Did you spend all spring planting beautiful gardens and delicious vegetables?
If yes, you should hope that squirrels do not find them. These creatures
are notorious for chewing and digging up vegetation. Placing wire fences
and mesh around your plants can help protect them from potential harm.
Though they are adorable, do not let the squirrels fool you into thinking
they are innocent. They are unwelcome guests in your home that you need
to evict. If squirrels have entered your home, contact our animal removal
team at Critter Control in Reno.