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Why You Don't Want Squirrels Around Your Irving Property

February 15, 2022 - Squirrels

Squirrels are a staple animal in North America. You can’t go to a park, a hiking trail, or even your own backyard without spotting at least one squirrel. Fluffy and small, one would be forgiven for thinking these adorable creatures pose zero threat. While they’re no scorpion or viper, they can stir up trouble for your Irving home.

What Type Of Squirrels Live In Irving?

One of the most common types of squirrels throughout North America, and the most populous living in Irving, is the fox squirrel. The fox squirrel is the largest species of tree squirrel in North America, measuring two to three feet from head to tail and weighing between one and three pounds. 

 While fox squirrels come in a variety of shades, you are most likely to see brown and black fox squirrels hanging around Irving. They have sharp claws, excellent eyesight, and a keen sense of smell. While fox squirrels prefer to nest in tall trees, they are just as happy to nest in an attic and benefit from human food and shelter. The fox squirrel’s mating seasons are in the winter and late spring; however, they are most active in the fall, when it is time to fill the larder for winter.

Are The Squirrels In Irving Dangerous?

Squirrels on your property tend to be a nuisance. They eat your crops, they destroy your garden, they clean out your bird feeders, and their loud mating calls wake you up well before your alarm. Squirrels are incredibly intelligent, relentless, acrobatic, and they can even swim! These great survival tools make them difficult to remove, and when they go from outside of the home to inside, they stop being a nuisance and become a big problem. Squirrels are rodents, and as such, they must constantly gnaw on hard surfaces to keep their front teeth filed down. Squirrels will find any weak spot to access your home, and once inside, they often nest in attics, roofs, chimneys, and crawl spaces. Due to their constant chewing, they will gnaw through wood, electrical wires, and siding. Due to their propensity for nest building, they may pilfer some insulation as well. Not only does this weaken your home and rack up thousands of dollars in repairs, but it also poses a fire risk for you and your family.

Can I Keep Squirrels From My Irving Home Naturally?

There are many humane ways to treat a squirrel problem. To naturally keep squirrels from your Irving home, you may consider the following:

  • Shore up any entry points - ensure holes and gaps are filled, use a grate over your chimney, and repair any missing shingles.
  • Use strong odors, such as peppermint or garlic. Squirrels find strong smells to be unpleasant. Keeping strong-smelling oils and plants around your property may keep squirrels at bay.
  • Avoid placing a bird feeder on your property. Bird song is lovely, but a bird feeder is just a large welcome sign to squirrels.
  • Motion-activated sprinklers - squirrels are skittish, so any sudden and loud spray of water should do the trick.

The Most Effective Squirrel Control For Irving Properties.

While there are many natural home remedies and DIY traps you can use for a squirrel problem, the best squirrel control is professional squirrel control. You can trust your Irving home to pest control professionals, like Legacy Pest and Wildlife, for a squirrel problem or any other pest that may be causing you trouble. Legacy Pest and Wildlife offer quality pest control services, customized pest control plans, and a wealth of knowledge. Reach out to Legacy Pest and Wildlife today and protect your Irving home!