|Anatomical differences between ant alate (top) and termite alate (bottom). Drawings courtesy of University of Florida Extension.|
There are several species of tree squirrels in North America, and the particular mix varies from region to region. Nationwide, they include the
- gray squirrel (Scirus carolinensis),
- fox squirrel (S. niger),
- red squirrel (Tamiascirus hudsonicus),
- flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus and G. volans).
While there are important behavioral differences among these species that affect their management, this article will discuss a general framework for controlling squirrel problems in buildings.
The laws regarding squirrel
First, you need to make sure that it is in fact a rat/rodent burrow you are observing around your home.
Rats create underground pathways or burrows from their nest to food sources and to escape predators. These burrows are often located under bushes or other types of dense vegetation. Rat burrows usually contain a main entrance and 1 or 2 exit holes away from the main entrance. Check along walls and grass for runways. Rats run along the same
Barrier spraying is NOT the most effective method of preventing insects from entering a home. Insects have a part in the ecosystem, so measures should be taken to exclude the pests from the home, not kill all insects, as some can be beneficial.
Having a home that is tightly sealed, following good sanitation measures, and checking packages entering the home is the most effective way to prevent insect entry.
Here are some tips to prevent insect entry:
- Make sure all
Do you suspect that you have a bed bug problem? This might just be exactly what you are looking for. This video from the University of Nebraska Lincoln does a great job of explaining exactly how a bed bug sniffing dog works.