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Rats And Squirrels: Commonalities And Common Misconceptions

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Rats and squirrels are among the many animals people have misconceptions about. Rats, most especially, as they have been considered pests since ancient times because of their crop destroying history.

One of the many misconceptions about rats is that they are always dirty. But did you know that a rat actually spends more hours in a day grooming itself than a cat? There are only a part of the rat species which live in sewers, and even then, they only do so to survive. It is also known that rats are clever and smart animals.

Also, in the club of misunderstood animals, come the squirrels. Squirrels are associated with neverending chewing and eating. People think squirrel stomachs are a bottomless pit, and that they will steal and gather everything to satisfy that hunger. This is pure myth, of course.

Squirrels don’t chew just for the pleasure of it. Their incisors constantly grow and that is why they need to chew and rub their teeth against something to trim and sharpen those growing teeth.

It is also common thinking that squirrels destroy trees. Quite the contrary, Eastern grey squirrels are actually great contributors to re-seeding trees, since they bury their seeds in the ground. Sometimes, the nuts are forgotten and grow into trees. These little guys can bury up to 10,000 nuts in the fall and protect them during winter. The forgotten nuts start to grow into trees by springtime.

These two animals belong to the same mammalian order called Rodentia. Rats and squirrels have their incisors which grow throughout their lives.

While somewhat similar, there are many distinguishable characteristics that separate the two. First off is the tail: squirrels have fluffy tails while rats have scaled thin ones. Rats also reproduce much faster than squirrels, and are more agile. Squirrels also spend more time in trees, just like beavers like to stay in the water. Squirrels are also more discreet when it comes to their droppings. It is unusual to see squirrel droppings everywhere; they are usually clustered in one place unlike rat’s.

Knowing the difference in their behaviour is critical especially when you encounter any infestation. There will be different removal techniques that would be apt for each nuisance wildlife species that invades your home.

Should you encounter problems with any rats and squirrels infestation, it is best to give wildlife control professionals a call, especially one that promotes humane removal such as Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. This way you won’t have to sweat about it and risk your health trying to get rid of these little animals. Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians utilize efficient and effective removal techniques that are uniquely crafted based on the characteristics and behaviour of your unwanted guest.

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Where Do Squirrels Keep Their Food

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Squirrels have been known to store food especially before the winter season. Their thriftiness allows them to last throughout the winter with enough supply of food.

Squirrel foraging includes, but is not limited to, nuts, seeds and cones. They can gather from many other food sources made available to them, even in human settlement.

Squirrels have different methods of storing food. The methods depend on the squirrel species. Red squirrels store food by larder-hoarding. Larder-hoarding means they keep their food in the middle of the territory, where there is usually a cavity on the ground. Gray squirrels bury their food in the ground.  Some stick nuts into branches and come back for them after a while.

While it was assumed that squirrels find their stored food by smell, they actually have different ways in finding them. The one that plays the biggest role is their spatial memory. Squirrels actually have a good memory when it comes to food storage; they remember where they hide the food, and what they have hidden. Research shows that squirrels come back to their common cache of storage and not in the food cache of other squirrels. Squirrels use their sense of smell partly in finding their buried food, but the one they rely the most on is their memory.

Human settlement has stretched far and wide and have taken over some parts of their once natural habitats. This is the reason why some squirrels may find your house an appropriate alternative for their lost territories, thus finding squirrels in your attics. They can get quite destructive, leaving open wires around the house because of their incessant chomping. They can also chew on structural wood in your attic, which can be very scary.

You can solve squirrel infestations in many ways and one of them is by getting yourself a hold of squirrel repellent. There are many available on the market, however, using squirrel repellents are but short-term solutions to your problem. It is best advised to seek professional help from experienced animal control companies like Skedaddle Oakville.

With more than two decades of humane animal control, Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians will humanely remove your little toothy connoisseur so you don’t have to worry about further property damage.

Skedaddle Oakville has an ongoing collaboration with Oakville’s Town Council to help implement humane methods in handling wildlife for the whole town. At the same time, they also support Oakville and Milton Humane Society to ensure protection of wildlife in the neighborhood.
The trained Wildlife Technicians of Skedaddle Oakville will help solve any nuisance wildlife encounter, from squirrels to skunks to raccoons that roam around your property. There are many proven animal control tricks that Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians employ when it comes to handling these different wildlife creatures. These methods are efficient and at the same time, humane so you know that you do not violate any laws that protect the legal status of your wildlife invader.

Squirrel Repellents and other DIY Measures That Don’t Work

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You may have been experiencing squirrel infestations for a while now, and the problem never goes away. You may be thinking there has to be something to be done to get rid of these little critters. Usually, residents think of do-it-yourself (DIY) pest control and assume they can handle these problems easily and safely.

How can one say if a method is effective? The only way to know is when the infestation never comes back, and no one is harmed in the process of removal.

Contrary to what people think, there are many squirrel repellents out there that are actually bogus and don’t work. You may have heard of using fox urine or mothballs. You may even have tried putting them around the house yourself. This does not guarantee that the squirrels will leave your home for good and you can’t keep on applying these squirrel repellents as they may also be harmful to your pets around the house.

There are a couple of rodenticides sold on the market today, and people buy them believing they are the easiest and risk-free solution to pest control. But before you do, think twice. Squirrels are animals too, and they deserve their lives just as much as any living thing does and besides, it’s impossible to kill all the squirrels in your neighbourhood. It is still best to get rid of them the humane way and use exclusion to prevent their return.

Now, here’s another common mindset people have: squirrels are easy and small, so there is minimal to no risk in capturing them yourself and getting the house rid of them. While it may be true that squirrels are small, they can actually get quite destructive and will be ready to lunge at anyone who threatens them. They also have teeth that they use a lot in chewing wires and structural wood and this secret weapon can be used against you if the animal sees you as an enemy.

Since squirrels are from the wild, you’ll never know if they carry parasites or some infectious disease. Mishandling these little critters can lead to an encounter causing a scratch and open you to the possibility of infection.

While you may think that these DIY measures can save you money, they may actually expose you to more threats than you think. Without proper knowledge of how to handle these nuisance wildlife, you may be opening yourself to a wide array of misfortune.
The best way to handle these infestations is by asking for professional help to assist with proper removal and find ways to completely exclude not only these squirrels but also all other nuisance wildlife roaming in your area.  If you are in Mississauga, make sure you call on the help of humane wildlife control companies like Skedaddle. With more than two decades of helping people solve their wildlife situation, you can rest assure that Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians know how to remove these creatures from your home in the most effective yet humane way possible!