Squirrels-Naughty Little Miss Nutkins

Having a fluffy tail, playing chase, or burying their latest foraging discovery, squirrels are a fun type of animals to watch. Squirrels are familiar to almost everyone. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with the notable exception of Australia. Squirrels range from five inches long (known as African pygmy squirrel) to the Indian giant squirrel which is 3 feet long.

Twenty-two species of squirrels occur in Canada: 6 are tree species, 2 flying squirrels and 16 are ground-dwelling species. In Canada, most species reproduce once annually and their growth are rapid.

Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often seen gracefully scampering and leaping from branch to branch. Other species are ground squirrels that live in burrow or tunnel systems, where some hibernate during the winter season. Ground squirrels eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds and other plants. They also catch and eat small animals, such as insects and caterpillars. Squirrels are tasty morsels with few natural defenses, save flight. Sometimes ground squirrels work together to warn each other of approaching danger with a whistling call.

Like most rodents, squirrels have a strong homing instinct and when they breed, they tend to return to where they were born. Aside from seeing squirrels, signs include their gnaw damage, such as for food and nesting sites, as well as daytime sounds of their activity, such as in attics, and running along utility lines. Squirrels may seem harmless, adorable and playful creatures, but there is always a devil inside them plotting against humans, such as damaging insulation and wood members of the attic space. Squirrels can damage cereal crops, maple tapping equipment and telephone wires; burrows and hillocks can harm livestock and agricultural machinery.

If you do run them temporarily, it would run you out as well. Even at that, after sealing up their entry points, they would gnaw inside making another entry point.

There are also a number of diseases caused by squirrels. Some of them are:

  • Leptospirosis: This disease is common in many wildlife species including squirrels. Symptoms include headaches, fever, weakness, rash and an array of other symptoms that are often mistaken as for other conditions. Severe cases can cause kidney damage and liver failure and could be life-threatening.
  • Lyme disease: Lyme disease is generally associated with ticks, since squirrels often host ticks, they can contract the disease and spread it to humans as well. If it is left untreated, it can cause an inflammatory disorder which affects the nervous system, joints and heart.
  • Rabies: A squirrel infected with Rabies can pass it to humans through biting and scratching. This virus attacks nervous system. Once symptoms appear, the disease is fatal.

Other diseases are Salmonellosis and Tularemia, which may be deadly if left untreated.

In order to avoid contacting a disease from a squirrel, refrain from coming in contact with wildlife, especially animals that seem sick. The best way to get rid of squirrels, contact some professionals like HMG pest control. If you want some more information of how to trap squirrels or any wildlife, feel free to contact HMG Pest Control. Call Now at 416-556-8363.

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