What Diseases do Squirrels Carry?

Diseases Squirrels Carry
Diseases Squirrels Carry

We see them all the time frolicking in the trees, running across fences, foraging in the leaves, and pilfering the bird seed stand. It seems like it’s squirrel season all year-round with the bushy-tailed marauders taking over yards, and in some cases, an easily accessible attic.

Squirrels are inquisitive and can find weak areas in a structure that serve as an easy entryway into buildings. This usually happens in cold weather and during the months when females give birth.

There are two concerns with squirrels. The first is the damage they can do with their gnawing. This is especially true due to their affinity for chewing electrical wires. The other concern is what types of diseases squirrels carry that can affect humans and household pets.

Types of Diseases

Squirrels carry ticks and fleas and both can turn into an infestation if left untreated in the home. Ticks are known carriers of Lyme disease and squirrels can harbor ticks. Squirrels can also be carriers of pathogens such as salmonella. For these reasons, if you have a squirrel problem, it’s best to contact a NYC squirrel control company to humanely move the critters.

Our NYC squirrel control technicians are standing by to help you with all of your pest control problems. To set up an appointment for an inspection and removal of pesky pests invading your yard and home, give our NYC squirrel control specialists a call.