In most parts of the country, having squirrels in yards is just a fact of life. They sometimes entertain with their energetic antics, but are more likely to annoy with their intrusive, destructive behaviors. As seed and plant eaters, squirrels frequently target bird feeders and ornamental vegetation. They dig up and eat flower bulbs, make holes in lawns to use as hiding places for food, and eat seeds meant to attract birds. The most damaging by-product of a squirrel in the yard is the possibility that it might chew its way into the attic.
Finding Dead Squirrels
Occasionally, a homeowner might find a dead squirrel in the yard. Unless several are found in a localized area or if there are visible signs of disease, such as emaciation, missing fur, or scabs, they are generally not a cause for concern. Pets should be kept away in case the animal came into contact with poison. Also, some jurisdictions might require notification of the discovery, so local government guidelines should be consulted.
To control populations of squirrels in the yard, homeowners can switch to birdseed the pests won’t eat such as safflower and millet. Fit trees with metal collars six feet off the ground to keep the animals from climbing on branches. Tented netting can also be used to protect high-value plants during daytime hours of peak squirrel activity. Since the pests nearly always gain access to homes via the roof, overhanging tree branches should be trimmed, as well as any that come within six feet of exterior walls. Trutech has wildlife control experts available to help residents protect their home and property from squirrels.