Squirrel Problems

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Squirrels are quite common throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and are very comfortable around people.Squirrel Problems in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Squirrels are quite common throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and are very comfortable around people. While they are generally regarded as non-threatening and cute (with their little bushy tails), squirrels can easily become a nuisance if your house becomes their home. And while scurrying around electrical, phone and cable lines, they can actually create very serious problems from power outages to full-blown fires.

There are four species of squirrels found in Ohio and Kentucky, but the eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is most likely the culprit. Members of the rodent family, they typically measure around 16-18 inches from nose to tail and weigh approximately one pound. They travel from tree to tree searching for nuts, seeds, and fruits, so it is not surprising that your bird feeder has become the best squirrel buffet in town!

Trapping and removal are an accepted and safe way to remove a problem squirrels from your property. A professional trapper, one who is licensed and experienced, can safely remove the nuisance animals.

Can a squirrel really do that much damage?

Yes! Squirrels are constantly chewing in order to maintain their sharp teeth. Under certain conditions, this trait alone can cause significant damage to your home, garden, and neighborhood.

Damage to service lines - Squirrels are reported to be a significant cause of fires due to chewing and running along electric lines and transformers. And while not necessarily damaging, service breaks and power outages caused by squirrels traveling on and chewing electrical, cable and phone lines, and are very costly and inconvenient.

Damage to your home - Looking for warmth in the winter and a place to raise their young in the summer, squirrels will find your house to be very safe and warm. They gain access through your chimney or by chewing holes into your attic, eaves or walls. Then they bring in nesting material and food. Once moved in, they are very noisy and unsanitary tenants as they scurry about raising their family.

Damage to your lawn and garden - Squirrels will gnaw on and remove bark or fruits from trees and shrubbery. They feed on seeds in your garden or the mature vegetables and fruit such as corn, tomatoes, or strawberries. And, of course, they are notorious for raiding bird feeders and pulling out bulbs from your flowerbed.

Threat to family - While rabies is extremely rare, squirrels are susceptible to a variety of parasites including ticks, mange mites, fleas and internal parasites. Squirrels are also known carriers of diseases like encephalitis and typhus. All this can be brought into your home if squirrels are using it as a nesting site.

Tips to reduce squirrel problems on your property.

  • Trim trees back 8 - 12 feet from any building to prevent squirrels from jumping onto your roof.
  • Install chimney caps and screens to prevent squirrel entry.
  • To reduce service outages, install 2-foot sections of plastic pipe over electrical, cable and phone lines near your home. The pipe will spin on the wire and prevent squirrels from traveling on the line.
  • Prevent squirrels from climbing isolated trees and power poles by encircling them with a 2-foot-wide collar of metal 6 feet off the ground. Attach metal using encircling wires held together with springs to allow for tree growth.
  • Install squirrel guards on bird feeder poles.
  • Use approved repellents to reduce feeding on seeds, bulbs and flowers.
  • To prevent squirrels from entering your home, locate and close all potential access point.

If you suspect squirrels are causing your a problem in your home, call a licensed professional.

If you live in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area and you hear squirrels in your attic, trapping and removal may be the only effective solution. Once removed, professional-grade repairs must be made to eliminate the access point. Trapping and removal should be conducted by a trained, licensed professional to ensure effective, as well as humane, removal of the animal. A professional animal control expert can fully assess and address your animal nuisance problem.

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