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Squirrel Removal: Keep Your Home Rodent Free This Winter

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What do squirrels and snowbirds have in common? They both love warm weather! Keep reading for squirrel removal tips and how to keep your home rodent free this winter.

Squirrels: Are they harmful?

“These common animals can be found across the country, but some homeowners may not realize the threats these furry creatures can actually pose. Similar to other rodent species like rats and mice, squirrels can cause problems during the winter in particular, as they search for food and even shelter indoors. Although they are not known to spread serious diseases to humans, they can bite and can also cause significant property damage.” – Pest World

Squirrels are cute and furry creatures…but although they look harmless, they can wreak havoc in your attic!

Here are a few facts about squirrels that you probably didn’t know:

  • Squirrels mainly eat acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts and a variety of fruits. They love to eat a homeowner’s garden vegetables, and in late winter and early spring they eat tree buds.
  • They will bury food to save it for colder months when it becomes scarce.
  • You can find a squirrel resting up in tree nests out of leaves, twigs, and bark, as well as residential homes.
  • Squirrels can do a number on heating and air conditioning systems and can chew through electrical wiring like its their job!
  • If you hear a sound from inside your walls, it could be these small but powerful furry creatures gnawing at your wires and insulation.

How You Can Prevent Squirrels From Entering Your Home:

  1. Seal all possible points of entry around the house, including small openings and cracks around doors and windows. Squirrels will take advantage of small openings on rooflines of homes to gain access to nesting areas in attic spaces.
  2. Be mindful around gutters! We notice tons of homes with openings behind gutters which squirrels can enter through easily.
  3. We recommend trimming tree limbs at least 10 feet away from your home.
  4. Screen any vents and openings to chimneys.
  5. Keep food in airtight containers and take your trash out regularly.
source(s): Mike Gibson, Clark’s Wildlife Manager & PestWorld.org

How Clark’s Handles Squirrel Removal

If Squirrels do become a issue in your attic, Clark’s Wildlife Team can customize a removal plan which offers live trapping and eviction services, using one-way door eviction traps.

The wildlife specialists even offer traps for the squirrels that keep trying to get back inside of attic spaces once we’ve trapped all squirrels from the attic areas. We also offer disinfectant services which will help eliminate any odors left behind by squirrels. The repairs can seal off all entry points squirrels have created and will help ensure squirrels will not be an issue again.

To learn more about our squirrel removal services, click here. 

To schedule an estimate, give us a call at 803-732-2528, or email our team clarkscsr@clarkspest.com

How To Keep Bats Out Of The Attic

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Don’t get spooked by bats this Halloween! Read more to learn how to get bats out of the attic, tips on removal, and the first question that needs to be answered: How in the heck do they get into your house in the first place?

How Bats Can Creep Their Way Into Your Attic: What To Look For

  • The first sign of bats for many homeowners would be guano, aka bat fecal matter. Lots of homeowners will discover guano accumulation around homes and can cause confusion on to what’s causing the fecal matter.
  • Another way bats get into your home is through any cracks & crevices around the foundation, like attic vents, shutters, and under facia boards.
  • Bats tend to scratch on the walls or ceilings as they creep around the inside of your home.  You also might hear chirping or squeaking as the bats communicate with each other!
  • Bats tend to thrive at dusk and dawn, so pay special attention to the exterior of the home at those times to observe where bats enter and exit.
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Bent slats of attic vent showing signs of rodent entry

Click here to watch footage taken by our Wildlife Team of a bat infestation, showing signs of bat fecal matter.

Steps You Can Take To Keep Bats Out Of The Attic:

  1. We recommend homeowners seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool.
  2. Pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark areas, like attics and belfies.
  3. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  4. Install door sweeps.

According to PestWorld, exclusion is the only method to keep bats out long term. Well, you’re in luck!

Exclusion Services – How We Keep ‘Em Out

Exclusion is simply sealing up a home to prevent further wildlife issues with bats, rats, mice, squirrels, and more. Once we have removed the critters, we will seal off all openings to prevent future entry. This includes adding crawl space doors, screening up foundation vents, (or any gaps a home might have) that could invite critters into your home would get closed up to prevent further entry. NOTE:  We do not harm bats in any way, and we abide by all state regulations and do not offer any eviction or exclusion services for bats during their prime mating season.

One of our Clark’s Wildlife Professionals will come to your home twice for the exclusion:

  1. The first trip is inspecting any entry points, set up a plan of exclusion, and netting where they can easily fly out but can’t fly back in.
  2. The second trip we seal up the area which keeps the bats from coming back in.

To learn more about our services, visit our wildlife page.

We use safe techniques to remove them from your home and prevent them from coming back. Clark’s has a dedicated Wildlife Team to assess each situation and determine the most humane solution for eviction. If you have any issues or for more information, click here to schedule an evaluation or email our team at clarkscsr@clarkspest.com. You can also give us a call at your toll-free number, 866‑781‑4991. Team Clark’s can help you kick ‘em out and keep ‘em out!

5 SIGNS YOU HAVE RODENTS IN YOUR HOME… AND HOW TO KEEP THEM OUT!

SIGNS OF RODENT INFESTATION:

1. ENTRANCE HOLES

 

 

 

 

 

2. RODENT DROPPINGS

3. CHEW MARKS ON FOOD/PACKAGING

4. GNAWING THROUGH WALLS/FLOORS

5. NESTING MATERIAL

SUCH AS SHREDDED PAPER, FABRIC, OR DRIED PLANT MATTER

HOW WE KEEP YOU PROTECTED

EXCLUSION

The physical exclusion of an unwanted rodent in your home could be considered as the best and most permanent way to control the problem.

HABITAT MODIFICATION

Modifying a rodent’s habitat can provide a lasting and cost-effective relief from damage caused by wildlife. Sealing cracks and holes can easily prevent these animals from entering your home.

BAITS & PESTICIDES

Most products identified as “baits” are formulations which are designed to be consumed by the target animal. “Restricted Use Pesticides” are products which may be used only by persons who have been trained and certified to use them due to the products’ highly toxic nature. We use tamper-resistant bait stations to ensure non target animals are safe.

GLUE BOARDS & TRAPS

Glue boards can be used to trap small mammals and snakes. Using traps can be very effective in reducing actual population numbers of certain species. They are always placed indoors, safely tucked away from non target animals.

HERE AT CLARK’S, KEEPING YOUR HOME PEST AND RODENT FREE IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO US.

WE OFFER FREE EVALUATIONS IN OUR CHARLESTON, UPSTATE, AND MYRTLE BEACH LOCATIONS.

OUR STAFF OF HIGHLY TRAINED PEST PROFESSIONALS CAN TAKE IT FROM HERE.

GIVE US A CALL AT 866-781-4991 TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION!

TOLL FREE: 866-781-4991 clarkscsr@clarkspest.com

Roof Rat

Roof RatPhysical Characteristics

The adult Roof rat is about 6″to 8″ with a tail length of 7″ to 10″ long. Fur is soft and color is usually brown with black intermixed to gray to black above with underside being white, gray or black. The roof rat has a pointed muzzle, large ears and eyes.

 

Behavior

Roof rats are well known for damaging and destroying material by gnawing; they also eat and contaminate stored food. Its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

The Roof rat is nocturnal and, unlike mice, they shy away from new objects introduced into their territory. The Roof rat’s nesting preference is the upper parts of structures but has also been found in basements as well as outdoors in trees. Once the Roof rat has established a harborage, they tend to follow the same route to their food and/or water source, keeping their paths clear of debris.

Roof rats will feed on practically anything but prefer seeds, nuts, fruits and berries when in season. Roof rats will feed on snails, slugs,and the American brown and Smokey brown cockroach, if available. Near waterways, the Roof rat feeds on fish, shellfish and other aquatics.

 

Disease Carriers

Roof rats may carry or contribute to the following:

  • Salmonella
  • Plague
  • Jaundice/leptospirosis/Weil’s Disease
  • Trichinosis

Treatment

The control of rodents can be widely varied, depending on the individual situation. Covering holes, filling cracks, baiting or trapping may be necessary. The trained Clark’s Technician will determine the best means of control for each customer.

Norway Rat

Norway RatPhysical Characteristics

The adult Norway rat is about 7″ to 9 1/2″ with a tail length of 6″ to 18″ long. Fur is coarse and shaggy, and color is usually brown with scattered black hairs with underside being gray to yellowish white. The Norway rat has a blunt muzzle, small ears and eyes.

Behavior

Norway rats are well known for damaging and destroying material by gnawing; they also eat and contaminate stored food. Its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

The Norway rat is nocturnal and, unlike mice, they shy away from new objects introduced into their territory. The Norway rat’s nesting preference is the lower parts of structures, such as basements, in piles of debris and/or merchandise but has also been found outdoors on or around riverbanks, railroad embankments, piles of rubbish and under concrete slabs.

The Norway rat is an opportunistic feeder and although they will feed on anything, they do prefer meat, fish and cereal.

Disease Carriers

Norway rats may carry or contribute to the following:

  • Salmonella
  • Cowpox Virus
  • Jaundice/leptospirosis/Weil’s Disease
  • Trichinosis
  • Plague

Treatment

The control of rodents can be widely varied, depending on the individual situation. Covering holes, filling cracks, baiting or trapping may be necessary. The trained Clark’s Technician will determine the best means of control for each customer.

Mouse

House MousePhysical Characteristics

The adult mouse is about 2 1/2″ to 3 3/4″ (head and body) with a tail length of 2 3/4″ long. It is gray with either light gray or cream underbelly.

Behavior

Mice are found where food and shelter is plentiful and prefer nesting sites that are dark and in secluded places with an abundance of nesting materials, which include paper products, cotton, packing materials, insulation, fabrics, etc.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Mice are territorial and will show aggression to unrelated males and females outside of their social structure. During daily territory patrols, mice will investigate and explore anything new or changed and establish new travel routes as necessary. Territories vary in size, but it is usually relatively small.

Mice may have access through openings greater than 1/4″, allowing mice many points of entry. Mice feed typically on anything but prefer seeds and insects. When feeding on high protein food, mice require water but prefer sweetened liquids.

Disease Carriers

Mice may carry or contribute to the following:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

  • Salmonella
  • Plague and typhus
  • Tapeworms
  • Rickettsialpox
  • Jaundice/leptospirosis/Weil’s Disease
  • Liponyssoides sanguineus (Hirst)
  • Favus
  • Poliomyelitis

Treatment

Good sanitation is essential for effective long-term control. Mice can enter any opening larger than 1/4 inch, making it virtually impossible to completely mouse-proof a building. The trained Clark’s technician will determine the best means of control for each customer.