Color: Greyish or reddish brown with paler fur on their belly.
Characteristics: Rodent like bodies with large bushy tails and short fur.
Size: Squirrels are typically 17 to 27 inches long (including their tail)
Potentially Dangerous: Yes
What does a squirrel look like?
Squirrels are about 17 to 27 inches long with a rodent-like body and large bushy tail. Their color is greyish or reddish brown with a paler belly depending on the species. The most common squirrels in Wisconsin are the fox squirrel, ground squirrel, and American red squirrel.
Why do I have squirrels?
Most often squirrels stay outdoors. If you find them in your home or scratching in your attic or crawl space they are in search of food and warmth and will begin to nest.
Are squirrels dangerous?
Squirrels have a very destructive behavior. If they gnaw through insulation, wiring, or structures they can cause a number of problems within your home. Squirrels can also contaminate food if they come into contact with it.
In addition to their destructive behavior and contaminating food, squirrels also can carry fleas and ticks into your home.
How do I get rid of squirrels?
The best way to get rid of squirrels is to hire a professional. The pest control technician will know the safest way to rid the squirrels and their nests from your home, and prevent more from coming in.
How do I prevent squirrels?
You’ll want to make sure all potential entrances to your home are sealed off. Wil-Kil technicians know common routes squirrels take and can make professional recommendations on home improvements to prevent squirrels.
Can I do it myself?
We strongly advise not to try removing a squirrel from your home on your own. Squirrels can carry diseases and can be difficult to control. It’s best left up to the professionals.
Over the colder winter months, wild animals start to look for a warm shelter to hide out in. They are looking for a shelter with easy access to food and water. Your home looks like a perfect place for these wild animals to hide out over the winter months. Your home is a lot warmer than the outside temperatures are. You have plenty of food and easy access to water. These wild animals tend to hide out in your walls, attic or basement. They try to stay out of sight as much as possible. The only time you might see or hear them is when they are nesting or looking for food. Once you have established that you have a wildlife infestation in your home, the next step is eliminating the infestation as quickly as possible.
We talk a lot about the dangers of rodents inside of homes and businesses but we don’t want you to forget that there is a threat of rodents outside as well. Meadow voles, also known as meadow mice or just voles, are a serious threat to the landscaping and even grass on properties of both homes and businesses in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison and other Wisconsin communities. Our WI pest control professionals want to warn that as the snow melts this spring, you may begin to see damage to your property from an infestation of voles.
Wisconsin wildlife can be a major issue in homes and businesses in the Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac areas as well as throughout the Badger state. Animals such as raccoons, skunks and squirrels can make their way into your living or work space and wreak havoc.