This blog is a place to share, learn and sometimes laugh about ground squirrels and prairie dogs. My days are spent talking about ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and other burrowing rodents. I am also a Speaker at Seminars throughout California, educating people on IPM and organic methods of controlling their populations.
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3 Resources to Help Eliminate Ground Squirrel Problems
It can be overwhelming when you discover your property has been overtaken by ground squirrels. The destructive devouring diggers act like your place is their personal buffet and demolition playground. When ground squirrels are beyond being a simple nuisance - they quickly become a dangerous and costly liability.
What do you do if you find your property, business, farm, or school overrun by ground squirrels? First, do not panic! No need to take out the explosives and act like Carl Spackle in Caddy Shack. Check out these resources to take you on the path of safely controlling ground squirrels.
3 Resources to Help Eliminate Ground Squirrel Problems
1. Educate Yourself
Before you can fight the ground squirrel battle, you need to arm yourself with knowledge so you know what you are up against - and verify they are actually ground squirrels and not another digging rodent. Once you understand their behavior, biology and habitat, you have an advantage in getting rid of them yourself or finding the best professional.
Here are a few places for somewhat of a Ground Squirrel 101 Class:
Check with your local Agricultural Commissioner or state pest control board before beginning treatment for your ground squirrel problems. They can provide you with ground squirrel treatment advice and guidance so that you don't eliminate non-target or protected animals.
Sometimes people skip steps 1 and 2 and go directly to step 3 -hire a professional. I recommend educating yourself first, because you'll have a better understanding of your treatment options and the risks involved - and it helps you choose the best pest control company to meet your needs.
Be sure to choose a licensed and insured pest management professional. Start by asking friends and neighbors for recommendations, check your local Agriculture Dept. or pest control board for referrals and search online for a local company.
Whether you choose to hire someone or do it yourself, getting rid of ground squirrel problems is easier and less stressful when you're equipped with ground squirrel info and treatment options.
If you have any questions about ground squirrels or prairie dogs and their treatment, contact me and I'll help you find your best solution. Another option, is attending a PAPA Seminar for pest control CEU. For now, the PAPA Seminars are online.
I'm on one last PAPA ZOOM Webinar for this year: November 18th
Stay healthy - and contact me if the ground squirrels are driving you crazy!
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