West Baldwin, ME (PressExposure) April 08, 2012 -- Chris Burnell of Burnell Pest Services says that this is the worst time of year for Portland Maine squirrel problems. He also states that many exterminators consider squirrels when the deal with rodent problems in Maine, as most people think that squirrels are as invasive as rodents. Here, Mr. Burnell offers some tips for dealing with Portland Maine squirrel problems.
Mr. Burnell stated that there are a number of things the homeowner or renter can undertake for Portland Maine squirrel problems and for rodent problems in Maine. He advised homeowners and renters to look for rodent excrement inside and outside of the home. Rodent droppings from squirrels, mice, and rats are capsule shaped and pointed on the ends. Larger animals have larger droppings. Mice droppings will be about the size of ½ grain of rice, while rat droppings will be the size of a full grain of rice.
Mr. Burnell suggests that you look around your home's foundation and include the weep holes in siding in your inspection. You also need to inspect the gutters along your rooflie, and drain lines that may be open. For example, some unfinished basements may have drainage systems are not completed, allowing Portland, Maine squirrel problems to invade your house. Other places where you may find droppings are in cabinets under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. You also should check around outbuildings like workshops and storage sheds. Rats and mice will burrow under buildings to make their dens.
Mr. Burnell also says that to deal with Portland Maine squirrel problems, homeowners should make sure there is no access to food, shelter, or water in your attic or closets. You also need to check your garden to make sure there are no seeds from bird feeders available for the squirrels. Rodents and squirrels will burrow into insulation, so make sure all walls are finished. Unfinished basements can be a virtual haven for squirrels and other rodents, and when his company works on Portland Maine squirrel problems, they try to close off any access to insulated walls.
Additionally, store your cupboard foods in metal or plastic bins. Commonly kept foods such as flour, rice, cereals, and sugar are easy for rodents to get into. These foods will attract them to the inside of your house.
OTHER POINTERS FOR RODENT PROBLEMS IN MAINE
Mr. Burnell provided other tips for dealing with Portland Maine squirrel problems, such as:
Clear wood piles and garden debris. They can offer nesting areas for rodents.
Caulk will keep rodents from getting in around pipes, vents, windows, and doors.
Set up either live or snap traps in squirrel and rodent traffic areas.
If you have pets, poison bait with vitamin D3 will be safer. Just a small amount of vitamin D3 causes heart failure in the rodents, but doesn't harm pets if they happen to eat the dead rodents.
For further information on dealing with Portland Maine squirrel problems, or if you have rodent problems in Maine, contact Chris Burnell at Burnell Pest Services. Burnell Pest Services is an exterminator in Portland ME. You can contact Mr. Burnell at (207) 841-9228.