GROUND SQUIRRELS and Control
There are five species of ground squirrels that are native to California. The ground squirrel that is most likely to be encountered is the California Ground Squirrel also known as the Beechy Ground Squirrel.
How Do I Know if I Have Ground Squirrels ?
The California ground squirrel can be identified by appearance as well as behavioral characteristics. Adult ground squirrels can reach an overall length of 18-20 inches with the body slightly trees as well as vegetables and ornamental plants. They may damage young trees, shrubs and vines by gnawing bark, girdling trunks, eating twigs and leaves, and burrowing around roots.
Ground squirrels will chew on plastic sprinkler heads and irrigation pipe. They also feed on the eggs of ground nesting birds, such as pheasant and quail. Their extensive burrows damage landscaping and undermine structures, roads, dams, and slopes contributing to erosion. When populations become unnaturally high, their burrowing and feeding activities may serve to degrade an area’s biodiversity, sometimes leaving it a pockmarked moonscape. This is why people want to hire a professional pest control company like Rodent Guys to remove squirrels from their property.
California ground squirrels do very well in areas disturbed or altered by man which border a natural setting. In fact, in these areas ground squirrel populations may increase to many times the level it would be in a truly natural environment. It is in these situations that control frequently becomes necessary.
The most effective control measures for ground squirrel removal burrow fumigants and trapping. California ground squirrels are gray with lighter flecks distributed over the surface of the back and sides. The nape of the neck has a pair of dark triangular patches that extend just beyond the shoulders. A noticeable white fringe adorns the sides and tip of the tail. When frightened they always seek shelter in their underground burrow.
Ground squirrels live in open to the surface burrows in the ground that are approximately 4 inches across and are active only during the day. If you see a squirrel run up a tree when frightened this will be a tree squirrel which do not burrow and usually do not get removed from a property unless eating fruit or get into the attic. Tree squirrel removal is a rare call for us to get it is almost always for ground squirrels.
Ground squirrels cause damage to fruit and nut trees and homeowners can have limited success with controlling them. However, due to a change in US EPA labeling requirements, poison baits distributed by the County Agricultural Commissioner offices are no longer available for sale to the general public. Remember, squirrel bait can pose a risk to pets and wildlife if used improperly- FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY if you are able to find squirrel poison and with to use by yourself.
Squirrel removal is best performed by a professional who knows how to remove ground squirrels for each unique situation and can buy the effective bait. How to get rid of ground squirrels is half the battle, having the correct equipment to get rid of squirrels is also key, but the experience is what separates the professional from the homeowner and makes hiring them (us) worth it.
What the law says
Ground squirrels are classified as non-game mammals by the California Fish and Game code. Non-game mammals which are found to be injuring crops or other property may be controlled at any time or in any manner that is legal and humane by the owner or tenant of the property. They may also be controlled by federal, state or county officers or employees while acting in their official capacities. If you are not sure the best way to get rid of squirrels call us to take care of the problem for you.
Rodent Guys Squirrel Control
We will choose the best and most effective manner to get rid of ground squirrels from your property. To get rid of squirrels we have to come up with a game plan that is safe for non target animals and pets as well as the homeowners family and property. Trapping can get a population lowered in a few days to a few weeks depending on population. Baiting is normally the most cost effective strategy for squirrel extermination and can give long term control if used as a monthly maintenance program. Poison methods can work in some cases days but a few weeks to a month is not uncommon. A combination of the two methods is a super fast and effective game plan to get rid of ground squirrels fast.