Should You Tame Wild Squirrels? Why Squirrel Removal Is Important

Taming squirrels versus squirrel removal.

At Animal Remover, we do everything we can to apply the most humane methods possible to safely capture animals that have made your home theirs. Squirrel removal is a pretty typical job for the Animal Remover team, but some people have a different method of squirrel removal: taming them.

But is taming wild squirrels on your property – whether it’s residential or commercial – really a good idea? They might be adorable, but they can do some real damage. Animal Remover takes a look at whether you should tame squirrels on your property.

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Can You Tame Squirrels?

Yes. If you’re really dedicated, taming squirrels is fairly simple. Having patience and letting them get used to requires a lot of waiting around, but once they do they’ll be happy to approach.

Most people who do tame wild squirrels on their property will do it by placing food nearby and then simply waiting, allowing the squirrels to approach without startling them, then gradually moving the food closer until they can hand feed the animals.

Once a squirrel is used to you, it will happily approach expecting food, and the behavior might encourage others to do the same. Some people will even willingly allow squirrels into their home once they’re tame.

Should You Tame Squirrels?

Of course, the real question here isn’t whether it’s possible to tame squirrels, but whether you really should. Is it better to get them used to you, rather than call in professional squirrel removal services? Unfortunately, probably not.

As cute as they might be, squirrels can cause a lot of problems. The more comfortable they feel around you, the more welcome they’ll feel around and in your home – especially if you’re inviting them there! This makes them far more likely to find a hidden space like your attic to nest. This also means they’ll start chewing on pipes, wires, boards, ducts and much more, causing property damage and potential fire hazards.

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This is not to mention that they, like many wild animals, carry a lot of parasites and potential diseases. This is bad enough if you’re hand-feeding or handling them, but having them in your home means they’ll be leaving waste wherever they go.

The practicalities of damage and disease are bad enough, but by taming squirrels, you’re also potentially harming them, too. Relying on people for food can harm a squirrel’s ability to continue to survive in the wild, and also changes their perception of humans, seeing them as less of a threat and putting them at risk.

Providing food in the squirrel feeder is one thing, but taming them and having them come to you for food is ultimately detrimental to their survival.

Contact Us About Squirrel Removal Today

The important thing to know is that, if you’re looking for squirrel removal, you can find a humane way to do it. At Animal Remover, we use everything in our power to make sure our squirrel removal methods are safe and humane, while also being effective.

If you’d rather have squirrels removed than become new members of the family, then contact Animal Remover for professional animal removal today. Our expert team will assess your infestation issues, whatever the animal you’re dealing with, and find the right solution for you.

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