Are Squirrels Dangerous?

Our classic image of squirrels are as furry-tailed, cute, almost cartoonish characters DASHING from tree to tree in search of their beloved acorn. While there’s some truth to this, squirrels are also rodents and known carriers of a number of diseases. While there are animals that present a greater danger, homeowners should always proceed with caution when dealing with squirrels and leave squirrel removal in Fort Myers, FL to the experts at A-Team Trappers.

WHY DO SQUIRRELS LIKE YOUR ATTIC?

It’s often from tree limbs to holes in your roof for which squirrels enter your home. What they are looking for a is warm place to have their babies. They are also looking for a safe place that’s relatively free of predators. The problem lies in that they will not only use your attic as a nursery, they will also use it as a latrine, using urine and feces to mark their territory. The unsanitary mess can leave a distinct odor in your attic, which will require a deep cleaning once the squirrel is removed.

SQUIRRELS AND PEOPLE

When asked the question “are squirrels dangerous?” The answer would be “yes” and “no.” Squirrels have a tendency to fight only when cornered and are more likely to flee from danger. However, if you are scratched or bit by a squirrel, you should seek immediate medical attention. Squirrels are carriers of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis.

SQUIRRELS AND PETS

Similarly, squirrels pose a minimal threat to your pets, unless provoked. However, squirrels carry fleas and ticks, which can affect other animals. They can also be tracked on pets and come into your home, which can be unpleasant.

SQUIRRELS AND YOUR HOME

The greatest amount of damage squirrels can do is to your home where their powerful jaws can gnaw through wires and drywall, creating a messy and potentially dangerous problem. Squirrels have also been known to chew up lawns and tree bark.

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