How to Keep Gray Squirrels Away in Rhode Island
Did you know there are over 200 species of squirrel worldwide? The smallest is the African pygmy squirrel which is around 10 cm long, and the largest is the Indian giant squirrel at a massive 3' long!
Thankfully here in New England you won’t find that big guy trying to make his way into your home. However, with winter winding down and spring close upon us, we ARE entering breeding season for Gray Squirrels. This means they want to get inside and they want in NOW!
Determined Little Critters
Gray squirrels are determined and efficient little critters that can create extensive damage to your home or business. Once inside your attic, eves or crawl spaces gray squirrels will create dreys, otherwise known as nests, using whatever is available to them such as insulation, leaves from your gutters and even scraps from your attic storage boxes. Another major problem squirrels pose is the fact that they constantly have to chew to maintain the size of their teeth otherwise they may grow into their neck. To prevent this they chew on lead flashing, electrical wires and all types of wood framing inside and outside of a structure which can result in serious consequences for the property owner.
Squirrel Community Watch
If you live in a neighborhood with a large population of gray squirrels you ARE more likely to end up with a squirrel problem. Additionally, if you have any type of bird feeder on your property you will likely attract those pesky gray squirrels, amongst other critters, to your yard. Once attracted they are far more likely to stay and look for shelter near the food source. You have unintentionally invited these furry little creatures to reside inside your home or business.
An ounce of wildlife prevention is worth more than a million pounds of squirrel poop.”
Inspect Your Property
In most situations we all react or respond to wildlife related problems when they occur and often it is far too late as the damage has already been done. Wildlife specialists’ advise that you visually inspect your home or business well before gray squirrel entry occurs. Often a quick inspection today of your roofs eves, rooflines, chimney tops and attics can save you hundreds if not thousands in removal and damage restoration services later on.
Maintaining Your Property
Gray squirrels will take the path of least resistance; often entering at rotted or missing fascia boards and using out of control trees and shrubbery to jump on your roofs. Gray Squirrels have the ability to jump over 6' up and 8' across so be sure to keep tree limbs cut back approx. 10’-12’ and replace any rotted wood promptly. Cleaning your gutters regularly will also help by preventing squirrel baths and water damage.
Install Chimney Caps and Guards
Approximately 60% of all squirrel calls we receive at Precision Wildlife are due to cap-less chimneys or unguarded vents. Simply installing a squirrel proof cap or a vent cover is a sure way to prevent squirrel entry at these common points. Also, screen guarding gable vents and susceptible roofline gaps help to minimize entry points. We carry many vent covers and chimney caps and can provide installation promptly.
Ed Gannon, working for Precision Wildlife of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has specialized in wildlife relocation for over 10 years. Squirrels, bats, birds, beavers, raccoons... Ed's seen it all.