Gopher & Squirrel Identification & Prevention
About Gophers & Squirrels In San Diego
Gophers and squirrels are rodents; while there are over ten species of gophers, more than 200 squirrel types exist. These outdoor creatures are problematic for home and business owners. They’re known for damaging landscaping, plant life, property, and structures, as they create nests and hunt. Fruits, vegetables, and animal by-products make up their diet. Habitat Protection can provide guidance and assistance for your home pest control and prevention needs. Reach out to us today!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Gophers & Squirrels
What are gophers and squirrels?
Gophers are 5 to 14 inches long and weigh about 2 pounds. They have thick figures and black, brown, or white fur. Among their features are tiny eyes and ears and lengthy claws. You’ll come across them in yards, fields, or crops.
Squirrels are 15 to 20 inches long, with bushy tails that are 9 inches. Most are gray or brown, but some are white, red, or yellow with lighter-colored stomachs. They have beady eyes, small ears, pointed heads, and four legs. Trees, storage areas, and dumpsters are a few of their main hangouts.
Some fun facts about gophers and squirrels:
- Some gopher subspecies are considered endangered.
- Squirrels often move in a crossed pattern to avoid predators.
- Squirrels can find food beneath over a foot of snow.
Are gophers and squirrels dangerous?
Gophers destroy land by digging burrows and feeding on plant roots and grass. Since they’re underground most of the time, it’s rare for them to have contact with humans. However, these animals may bite you during an encounter, and they carry fleas and ticks on their coats. They can also ruin pipes, cables, and the like beneath the soil.
Squirrels often overwinter in places like attics and chimneys. They’ll file their teeth on various items, such as utilities and foundations. They may wreck garbage cans and bird feeders while searching for food. They, too, have ticks and fleas and can bite. Squirrels also carry germs and diseases.
Why do I have a gopher and squirrel problem?
Gophers gravitate to plots of land with clay or soil that’s especially moist and squirrels like shady, vegetated, or watery zones. Having an overall pest issue will make your property more attractive to them as well. The same goes for having greenery with nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Implementing a plan for landscape pest control is a great way to reduce threats to your lawn and vegetation.
When are gophers and squirrels most active?
Gophers are present throughout the year, but spring is their peak season. For squirrels, summer and fall are their busiest periods.
How do I get rid of gophers and squirrels?
Commercial pesticides and “do-it-yourself” items for gophers and squirrels can be hazardous to use, given their elements and complex instructions. In addition, you’ll have to go near these animals and their dangerous waste. Not to mention, these avenues can be pricey and not made for infestations.
We at Habitat Protection offer affordable, industrial-grade treatments that are safe. Our eco-friendly rodent solutions include rodent sanitation, bait stations, trapping services, exclusion work, and more. Call us today to find out more about residential and commercial pest control in San Diego!
How can I prevent gophers and squirrels in the future?
Performing these tasks can help discourage gophers and squirrels:
- Install a wire mesh or hardware cloth fence that goes underground.
- Use mulch or gravel along your property perimeter.
- Distance greenery and use netted pots and raised planter beds.
- Keep grass and plants trimmed.
- Pack down the soil.
- Cut overhanging tree branches from rooflines.
- Seal foundation gaps.
- Make sure chimney caps and vent screens are intact.
- Fix impaired siding and shingles.
- Use airtight containers for food and garbage.
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