Ground Squirrels
Ground squirrels tunneling or making burrows in your yard? We control ground squirrels. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective ground squirrel removal and exclusion services.

Identifying A Ground Squirrel Problem

Description

Ground squirrels are small burrowers found across the United States, and are increasingly common in the Colorado Springs area. While there are different species throughout the country, all ground squirrels share similar features and habits. The rodents disturb crop fields and home gardens with their burrowing habits. Additionally, they constantly chew to control the length of their teeth, which may result in aesthetic and structural damage to buildings and other property.

Appearance

Similar in appearance to chipmunks, ground squirrels typically:

  • Measure 12 inches long
  • Weigh a little more than 5 ounces
  • Are shades of brown or gray
  • Have stripes or spots along their backs
  • Have short, semi-bushy tails
  • Have relatively small ears

Habitat

Though they are mostly found in grassy areas such as prairies and meadows, ground squirrels also live near riverbanks, lakeshores, and ponds where the soil is favorable for digging. They often congregate in suburban and rural areas and avoid urban centers since they need tall grasses and open spaces to live comfortably. Ground squirrels prefer to set up residences on golf courses, grazing pastures, public parks, and lawns when they enter suburban locations. The rodent typically avoids woodland areas.

Ground Squirrel Damage

Entry

Property owners regularly encounter ground squirrels infesting yards, farmlands, and gardens. They keep diets prominently featuring the seeds and bulbs of plants, which earns them a notorious reputation with farmers and gardeners. Though they are rarely interested in entering buildings, ground squirrels are capable of making their way inside homes and other buildings via chimneys, broken windows, door screens, vents, and other large openings.

Damage

While their diet includes several harmful insects and their presence can be considered beneficial in some cases, ground squirrels still eat a variety of both cash crops and ornamental plants. Their burrowing leaves holes in the ground that can make mowing difficult, dehydrate tree roots, and weaken the foundation of structures. Additionally, ground squirrels can host parasitic ticks, lice, mites, and fleas. 

Ground Squirrel Control

Control and Safety

Though fences typically guard against the foraging of crop pests, ground squirrels are adept diggers and often burrow under such barriers. The cost of and time required to effectively employ baits and traps make them unfavorable options. Habitat modification, such as removing brush piles, keeping grass cut, and yards free of debree, are the best methods of ground squirrel control as it helps limit their hideouts and makes areas less favorable.

Trapping and Removal

The best way to control and manage ground squirrels is contacting the licensed pest professionals at Critter Control of Colorado Springs. Specialists eradicate populations both humanely and effectively, as well as find ways to keep the rodents from returning. Critter Control of Colorado Springs' technicians have the tools, knowledge, and experience to trap and remove ground squirrels in ways that are safe for the animal, any people involved, and their homes and property.

We can help you get rid of ground squirrel problems! Call the Critter Control of Colorado Springs office today! 719.247.1183

Critter Control of Colorado Springs Service Area

Boone, Brookside, Calhan, Canon City, Cascade, Castle Rock, Coal Creek, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Elbert, Florence, Fountain, Franktown, Green Mountain Falls, Larkspur, Manitou Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake, Parker, Peyton, Pueblo, Ramah, Rockvale, Rush, Rye, Victor, Williamsburg, Woodland Park, Yoder
We also cover the following counties: Teller, El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont

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