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Squirrels are medium-sized rodents that belong to the family Sciuridae. They belong to the genus Sciurus, which was derived from two Greek words skia and oura: meaning shadow tail. Squirrels are best identified for these bushy tails, and their sizes vary anywhere from 5 to 36 inches depending on the species. Squirrels are omnivorous mammals who live in the wild.

There are over 200 species of squirrels scattered all over the world and this furry creature is known to almost everybody. What everybody does not know is the real nature of squirrels and how they bring about certain risks in spite of their seemingly harmless appearance and demeanor.

First off, squirrels have four front teeth which never cease growing as they age. This leads to their excessive gnawing activities. In the wild, squirrels chew on tree bark usually, but in your home, everything is a possible chew toy for these rodents. Imagine your electrical wires cut open in many areas of the house: a very likely cause for electrocution or the start of a house fire. They will chew structural wood, plumbing stacks and even insulation materials. If left for long, a family of squirrels can cause thousands of dollars of damage to an attic.

Prior to arriving at their newly found “home” (which is actually yours), it is inevitable that these furry creatures carry with them parasites that could easily find their way to you and your family or pets. Squirrel droppings, which will be everywhere the squirrels go once your home is infested, expose you to diseases such leptospirosis and salmonellosis. Both of these diseases could be life threatening. Squirrel urine has a distinct and strong odour that over time can make it’s way from the attic into your home.

Squirrels may be harmless on the outside, but what belongs in the wild should stay in the wild. Don’t let squirrel infestations get the upper hand and make your home uninhabitable.

Wildlife control professionals like the ones from Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can efficiently remove these little critters from your home and eliminate the risks that come with them. Skedaddle has been on the wildlife control business for many years and have proven methods to execute the job humanely, safely and efficiently.
Animal control should not be taken lightly. Let the professionals do their work and sit back safely as these nuisance wildlife get moved out of your house and back into the wild where they belong.

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