Squirrel Facts, Appearance, Diet
Ground squirrels are rodents that construct burrow systems underground. Ground squirrels infest grassy areas and fields and become an agricultural pest when they forage underground in landscaped areas. Squirrels infest areas where there are readily available food and water sources.
Ground squirrels are most active during the day and survive on green grass, herbaceous plants, seeds, nuts, grains, fruit, mushrooms and insects. Squirrels may live alone in a burrow system or together in colonial burrow systems. Squirrels look for food above ground and have periods of activity from mid-morning to late afternoon. Squirrels breed in December and produce an average litter of 6-8 young. Squirrels may hibernate in late winter months and may also enter periods of inactivity during the hot summer months.
Squirrel Health Threats and Concerns
Ground squirrels can contain ectoparasites, which can transmit human pathogens and diseases, including the plague. Squirrels can introduce flea, tick, lice and mite problems. Ground squirrels can cause damage to crops, ornamental vegetation and gardens.
AmeriGuard Pest Defense’s Agricultural License allows for treatment of ground burrowing pests, such as squirrels. Each squirrel control service begins with an inspection by a licensed technician. Ground squirrel burrow system openings range in size but are an average of 4” in diameter. Burrows can extend 5-30 ft. and range 2-4 ft. below ground.
AmeriGuard Pest Defense offers squirrel control services for residential and commercial locations where squirrels are a nuisance. Depending on the length of the squirrel problem and the severity of the squirrel infestation, your service technician will recommend a squirrel treatment plan to fit your needs and budget. Most squirrel services with be controlled by our baiting service or our GopherX burrow smoker service.
Squirrel Service Frequency
A squirrel problem usually does not happen overnight and just like it takes time to develop an infestation, it also may take time to gain control and reduce the population. If your property borders wooded areas, vacant lots, open field or neighboring yards with squirrel activity, you can expect squirrels to re-invade regularly. In this case, an ongoing maintenance plan may be necessary to achieve optimum squirrel control and to stay on top of squirrel activity. Unfortunately, there is not a way to stop squirrels from entering your yard and squirrels may re-invade over time, however, you can make habitat modifications to make your yard less attractive to ground squirrels. Squirrel treatment services usually start with a 2 or 3 part service within an initial 30 day knockdown period. Regular services are also available on a every two week (severe infestation) or on a Monthly service. It is best to wait for the initial knockdown periods ends in order to determine the frequency of a regular service.
What You Can Do?
- Eliminate food sources that may attract squirrels such as pet food and bird seed feeders
- Remove unharvested and rotten fruit from fruit trees
- Call AmeriGuard today at 951-652-0505
Scheduling a Squirrel Control Service
Contact your squirrel service experts at AmeriGuard Pest Defense for a free squirrel control quote. Most quotes for residential and commercial squirrel services can be provided over the phone or an on site inspection depending on the type of property without any obligation. AmeriGuard Pest Defense’s Squirrel Maintenance Program will help to reduce current squirrels as well as control future squirrel problems. No contracts required!