Nestled between the trees, playing a perpetual game of tag, and known for their cheek-stuffing acrobatics, squirrels can be quite the spectacle to watch. But before you’re too charmed by their bushy tails, let’s dive deep into the lesser-known adventures of these nimble creatures and understand why they might not be the best houseguests.
The Hidden Mischief of Squirrels
First and foremost, squirrels are natural burrowers and diggers. They can dig up your beautifully manicured garden, burying their treasures (often nuts and seeds) in your flower beds, vegetable patches, or under your prized rose bushes. A dig here, a hole there, and before you know it, your garden might look like it hosted a squirrel-sized treasure hunt.
But the mischief doesn’t stop outdoors. These little acrobats are also expert climbers. When winter hits, they start looking for cozy spots, and attics seem to top the list. Once inside, they might chew through insulation, wires, and wooden beams, creating a host of problems from fire hazards due to exposed wires to compromising the structural integrity of your home.
Squirrels: The Uninvited Guests
Imagine hosting a dinner and hearing a tiny scratch-scratch above your dining room ceiling. Or perhaps, finding little droppings in the attic. Squirrels, being wild animals, can bring with them parasites, like fleas and ticks, and their droppings might pose a health risk if left unattended.
Moreover, if you’re keen on bird-watching and have feeders in your yard, you’ve probably witnessed the incredible agility and determination of squirrels when it comes to stealing seeds. Not only can they empty a bird feeder in record time, but their antics can also damage the feeder itself.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
While these cute critters are simply following their natural instincts, it’s essential to safeguard your home against their unintentional havoc. Regularly inspect your house for gaps or holes, ensure your garden is difficult for squirrels to access, and perhaps, consider squirrel-proofing your bird feeders.