For any animal and rodent removal company, rats and squirrels are amongst the most challenging rodents to eradicate. Their gnawing, feeding, and chewing may appear similar, but they have dissimilarity. Being able to know the animal you’re dealing with will help you use the right method of eradication.
How would you distinguish them?
Rats mark their trails and passageways using urine. They use the same travel routes repetitively because they feel safer. Rats’ paths are technically known as ‘runs’, and they include vegetation, tops of bricks, exposed piping, cinder block fences, areas behind bushes and utility lines. With time, pathways become stained with urine, and scattered feces collect on the runs.
Squirrels do not create runs. Their excreta pile up in one specific patch where they seem to have been feeding. If they have infested a landscape, you will find their droppings all over the compound. Often, squirrels abandon fruits after randomly sampling them. They can strip a whole tree and discard the harvest after eating a small part of each fruit.
Apart from these destructive animals infesting in landscapes and gardens, they can also invade homes. They hide in dark places, small holes, and hidden spaces such as inside wall cracks. And they can cause more harm to humans. Rats and mice are likely to cause more than 35 diseases across the globe; this is, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, how would you eliminate rats and squirrels inside a wall with help from an animal and rodent removal company?
Identify the Enemy
Whether it’s a rat or squirrel hiding in the cavities of your walls, it must come out eventually to look for food. Squirrels emerge from the walls during the day while rats appear at night. To identify them, you need to find holes at the base area of the walls where rats can go through. Examine the surroundings for chew marks, which could indicate the presence of rats or mice in your house.
Squirrels exit and enter via the roofline, and so you can keep watch on those areas to see if you can spot one. You can also spot squirrels in the attic.
As you search, you may stumble upon the nesting areas. Be cautious of a squirrel families attack, especially from the mother squirrel protecting its young ones.
Squirrels fecal matter are sausage-shaped and measure around half to an inch long. Rats’ droppings measure about an eighth inch in length.
Eliminating the Rat
Place traps near the base of your walls, in positions where you hear scratching, and in possible exits and entrances. The baited traps should be positioned close to the walls because rats tend to run along the walls. Use two or more snapping traps placed side by side. Check back occasionally to see whether the trap was successful.
Avoid using poison because rats tend to go back to the wall openings to die. They’ll leave unpleasant odors and perhaps attract other unwanted animals.
Getting Rid of Squirrels
The New York Times states that squirrels make themselves comfortable within the walls. Check for holes in the walls, which they use to get in. Position a one-way baited trap directly over the opening. After you catch the creature, take it away from your home as far as possible before releasing it – at least 3 miles.
If you discover a nest of young squirrels, it is humanly to leave them to grow. But, it is better to consult an animal and rodent removal company for a humane squirrel removal service.
To prevent future infestations, remove or control probable welcome signs that may attract rodents. They include firewood, pet food (dog and bird feeders), and home entrances. Construct the firewood area inches off the ground – repair entrances to your house such as gaps on exterior doors and clean pet food leftovers. It is necessary to keep the vegetation around your home trimmed as well as sealing all trash cans in your compound.
If you still find it hard to get rid of rodents in your home, seek professional rodent removal services by contracting an animal and rodent removal company.
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