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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.

Flying Squirrels Take Wing

A bit of warm weather and the squirrels are out of their nests and into the bird feeders. The ground squirrels are enough of a nuisance, but it’s the bat-like flying squirrel that can really destroy your attic. The small flyers are more like rodents than squirrels in their uncanny ability to squeeze through tiny holes and cracks to gain entry to your warm rafters and eaves.

Heights are no object for these nocturnal critters. They can “fly” — it’s actually a glide — great distances using the distinctive web of skin that connects their front and back legs. Called a patagium, the web is similar to the wing of a bat. These squirrels can glide more than 200 feet — right onto your roof — using their flat tails as a steering rudder. They can enter your attic from roof vents, improperly installed chimney caps and small construction gaps.

Flying squirrels live in large colonies — often 20 or more — which means there are 20 sets of razor-sharp teeth chewing away on your rafters and electrical wires and 20 nasty little bodies using your attic walls and insulation as a litter box. Of course, that’s not what will tip you off first. You’ll call Stern because of the incessant partying. These critters are nocturnal which means the party’s just getting started about the time you’re going to bed. Come 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and your walls will be reverberating with their high-pitched cries and caterwauling. Don’t worry. Stern Environmental Group offers 24-hour emergency squirrel removal. Click here to find out more about squirrels and flying squirrels. Give us a call. You’ll sleep well when you get Stern with your pests.