|Fox and gray squirrels are important pests in urban areas
through much of the U.S. Fox squirrels, like this one, can
cause significant damage to shade trees as well as homes.
Besides entering homes, squirrels can do significant damage to trees, as I've learned recently at my house. A few weeks ago, after returning home from an out of town trip, I noticed something wasn’t quite right with the cedar elm tree in my backyard. An entire branch of the tree appeared to be dead. Inspection close to the trunk revealed that the bark had been peeled off, chewed off actually, girdling the entire branch. The reason squirrels do this isn't fully clear, but is one of the topics covered in Vantassel's informative presentation.
|View of squirrel damage to large branches on
a cedar elm tree in the winter, when damage is
Wildlife damage management is an increasing important niche market for pest control professionals. Trapping, excluding and extracting squirrels is not very difficult technically, but does requires a proficiency with ladders, attention to detail, and knowledge about squirrel biology and behavior. This webinar will help you with the biology and control part. The rest is up to you.