Ground Squirrel Control

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Many species of ground squirrels live in the United States. This ensures that, while some species will always be more common regionally than others, there is almost always a type of ground squirrel that can thrive close by. The most economically important species are the Franklin, Colombian, Washington, Townsend, and California varieties, as they tend to cause the most damage. While the pests are reservoirs for diseases, such as plague, these pests can also cause significant damage to yards and homes with their extensive burrowing.

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While ground squirrels vary in appearance based on their species, they have some features in common. Measuring between 6 and 11 inches long, these pests may have short or long furry tails, dark or light markings, and brown coats with hints of red or gray. They are distinguished from tree squirrels, a close relative, by their tails. While all ground squirrels have tails, none are quite as large and bushy as a typical tree squirrel’s. Behavior can also help to tell them apart. While a frightened ground squirrel will instinctively retreat to its burrow, tree squirrels escape by climbing.

DIET

Ground squirrels feed on a variety of both plant and animal materials, including insects, earthworms, young birds, mice, seeds, fruits, nuts, and plant roots or foliage. At the end of summer, these pests spend a considerable amount of time gathering and eating food to bulk up for the winter. Since most hibernate underground through the worst of the cold weather, they need fat reserves in order to survive. Most species will also store food in large, buried hoards.

HABITAT

Some variety of ground squirrel can be found in most states, though they are particularly common in the western two-thirds of the country. Open grasslands, dry grain or hay fields, meadows, and pastures are their preferred habitats, though they also enjoy the well-watered and smooth ground of residential lawns. Here, they dig elaborate burrow systems that may be up to 4 feet below the soil and extend 30 feet or more in length.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Primarily lawn and garden pests, ground squirrels rarely enter homes. However, their tunneling can affect the safety of houses. The pests’ burrow systems have been known to undermine foundations and weaken the banks of ditches, causing flooding. Since a ground squirrel can sneak into a yard under almost any kind of fence or barrier, controlling them without help can be extremely difficult.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

In addition to damaging homes, these pests can be a terror for gardeners. Ground squirrels chew on and destroy plastic sprinkler heads and irrigation lines, as well as eat many garden and ornamental plants. Nut and fruit trees, such as apple, orange, almond, peach, and walnut, are favorites. The pests’ burrows can also be destructive. Problems may range from nuisances, like unattractive mounds and holes in lawns, to more serious hazards. Tunnels can collapse under the weight of people or machinery, leading to injury or expensive damage.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Hyper-alert to noise and movement, ground squirrels are easy to frighten away for short-term relief. Inflated beach balls or plastic bags that move in the wind may scare them off, though these tricks get less effective as the pests get used to them. To protect gardens, homeowners can add strong-smelling plants that ground squirrels tend to avoid such as daffodils, grape hyacinths, and crown imperials.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

While commercial traps are available for ground squirrels, they usually don’t provide a solution for infestations. If available food sources attracted one of these pests, they are likely to attract even more. Trapped adults may also leave behind young who will die without their care, leaving further removal issues to deal with. Call the wildlife professionals at Trutech for help with elimination and exclusion.


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