Squirrel Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Gray squirrel with bushy tail
Sciurus spp.
How to Identify a Squirrel

Squirrels are 6 to 15 inches in length not including the tail. Their tails are 4 to 14 inches long.

Squirrel coloring are either white, grayish, yellowish, reddish, or brownish on the top side of their body. They have a pale or dark underside.

Squirrels have short think fur and a bushy tail.

Where Do They Nest

Squirrels build nests in tree cavities or on tree branches. They can occasionally enter attics and garages for food and shelter or to nest.

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Why Are They Significant

Squirrels are a minor health concern meaning they can carry diseases, but transmission to humans is a rare occurrence. They can enter buildings and damage walls, wires and insulation.


Name :

Sciurus spp.

Diet :

Nuts, acorns, seeds, berries, tree bark and fungi


Minor health concern, damage to homes

Tips & Tricks

Squirrel holding an acorn in a tree

What To Do About Squirrels

  • Thorn professionals are trained and certified to safely and humanely remove squirrels.
  • Consult the electrical company for assistance if placing sleeves over electrical wires.
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How To Exclude Squirrels From Your Home

  • Block entrances into building with hardware cloth.
  • Keep squirrels form climbing trees by installing a 2 foot wide collar or metal 6 feet off the ground around the tree.
  • Use 2 foot sections of a 2/3 inch pipe over utility lines.
  • Use live traps to remove squirrels from buildings.
  • Seal entry points around the building.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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