Maryland Squirrel Control
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Squirrels have become a common rodent in suburban and urban areas in Maryland. They are very industrious and determined critters that can be seen running quickly up and down trees, across backyards and darting through traffic. Unfortunately, they can become an uninvited guest and nest in your home. To protect your Maryland home or business from squirrels, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What are Squirrels?
Squirrels are small rodents best known for their fluffy tails. Squirrels live in trees and have long claws to help them climb tree trunks and limbs. Wildlife control experts at Viking Pest explain cozy nooks in trees are their preferred locations to build nests and they typically use a combination of live green twigs and vines for the frame and then fill in the gaps with bark and other materials; however, during the colder months, squirrels can invade your Maryland home or business looking for warmth, food, and water.
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How to Identify Squirrels?
In Maryland, there are five different types of squirrels that can be found. They differ in appearance, and size but are all capable of causing property damage if allowed.
The fox squirrel, the largest of the five, has a tan underside and a brownish-gray topside. They enjoy living in hardwood forests but can also be found in woodlots. In the spring and late summer, they can produce an average size litter of three.
The gray squirrel can weigh almost a half-pound less than the larger fox squirrel, has a white underside and gray topside. Their preferred home is in hardwood forests and during their two reproductive periods of spring and late summer, they can produce an average litter of three.
Tiniest of them all, the red squirrel is feisty and will protect its territory. Their fur is reddish-brown on top and underneath is white. During the spring and summer, they can produce an average of three per litter. Black squirrels have black fur and they are a variation of the gray squirrel while white squirrels are an albino version within the same species.
Lastly, the flying squirrel is present in Maryland represented by the northern and southern species. The northern species is not commonly seen as much as the southern. In fact, the northern is on the endangered species list. The southern species is more common and can even be seen in suburban communities.
When a squirrel enters a home or business, they usually leave behind evidence like droppings and chewed up points of entry, explain local Maryland wildlife control experts at Viking Pest. Squirrels can chew through shingles creating holes and resulting water damage. Sometimes there is a strange odor and even visible footprints.
What Problems Can Squirrels Cause for Maryland Home and Business Owners?
A lot of property damage can be caused by squirrels because they can chew through electrical wires and use the power lines to travel from rooftop to rooftop. Building nests is easy for them after chewing an opening in the eaves or siding and chimneys are vulnerable targets if left unscreened, explain the wildlife control experts at Viking Pest.
When Are Squirrels Active in Maryland?
In the early morning, squirrels are very active and during the afternoon they calm down a bit. In the evening they become busy again. The exception to this schedule is the flying squirrel. They are nocturnal so they are most active at night.
How to Prevent Squirrels in Maryland
Since Squirrels can cause a lot of damage, it is necessary to protect your Maryland home from these pests. They are attracted to food so keeping your property clean of fruit, nuts and seeds is a good way to keep them from coming over. Also, lids on trash bins should be placed tightly so they cannot gain access. The best way to prevent squirrels from damaging your home or business is to hire a professional that can take care of the pest problem, like the wildlife control experts at Viking Pest.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Squirrels in Maryland
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent squirrels from invading your home or business in Maryland. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!