How to Keep Gray Squirrels Away in Rhode Island

Did you know there are over 200 species of squirrel worldwide? The smallest squirrel is the African pygmy which is around 10 cm long, and the largest squirrel is the Indian giant 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.”
-Ed Gannon, Precision Wildlife

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’ in Rhode Island 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.

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Bonus Blog Article

How to Protect Your Food Pantry from pests and bugs during COVID19

Like most folks, you likely went out and stocked up on dry goods this week. You might have bought some dry beans, flour, pasta, grains. Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief; having large amounts of nutritious dry goods in your pantry is a great way to prepare for COVID19 social distancing and quarantine. Dry goods are affordable, versatile, and healthy. Well done. 

Dry goods only have one shortfall, and with it being the first week of spring, this is timely: pests love dry goods. This is the time of year when you start to see sugar ants, pantry moths, and flies entering your home in pursuit of food. And if they find a reliable food source, they’ll settle-in and stay. You put a lot of time and energy into securing your dry goods. Don’t let them be contaminated and eaten by pantry pests. 

Follow these simple guidelines and your dry goods will be pest-free and last you 1 to 2 years.

  1. Keep your dry goods cool.
    1. Do not store your dry goods near your stove or dishwasher, above your refrigerator, or near a radiator or other heat source. Instead, store your dry goods inside a cabinet that is far from any heat source.
    2. Heat will make your dry goods spoil much more quickly. 
    3. Warm and deteriorating dry goods will attract pests. Warmth and decomposition make dry goods emit odors that pests are attracted to. Remember, if pests are entering your home, they’re looking for food or shelter. Don’t give them a reason to come inside. 
  2. Keep your dry goods dry.
    1. Don’t store your dry goods in a damp basement. They’ll mold and deteriorate quickly. And this deterioration will attract pests into your home.
  3. Keep your dry goods dark
    1. Same rule here. Sunlight makes your dry goods deteriorate more quickly, and warm, decomposing dry goods attract pests.
  4. Use containers. 
    1. Containers should have a tight-fitting lid. 
    2. Containers can be made of glass, plastic, or ceramic. 
    3. Don’t be afraid to copy your grandmother or great grandmother, here: a re-used peanut butter jar is a great way to store dry goods. 
    4. Plastic bags are only good for short term storage. Pests can easily find their way inside plastic bags. 

If you find that pantry pests are contaminating your dry goods and you’ve tried all the methods above, consider calling a pest control company like Debug to treat the exterior of your home. Having this added layer of protection is sure to keep you and your family’s food safe during COVID19. 

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