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Are squirrels carriers of diseases that affect humans or pets?

Squirrels' Secrets: Disease Concerns and Prevention in Northwest Michigan

Greetings from Wildlife Control Pros! Delve into the world of squirrels and their potential impact on human and pet health. We're here to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of disease concerns, insightful facts, and essential tips to safeguard your family and cherished pets.

Squirrel Health in the Spotlight: While squirrels are fascinating creatures, it's crucial to be aware of potential disease risks associated with them.

Disease Concerns: Squirrels can potentially carry diseases, including:

  • Ticks and Fleas: These parasites can hitch a ride on squirrels and transmit diseases like Lyme disease.

  • Leptospirosis: Although rare, squirrels can carry the bacteria responsible for this disease, which affects both humans and pets.

  • Salmonella: Squirrels can shed Salmonella bacteria in their droppings, potentially leading to contamination if proper hygiene isn't maintained.

Engaging Hidden Trivia: Did you know?

  • Squirrels: They contribute to forest regeneration by burying nuts, often forgetting where they've buried them. This behavior helps forests thrive.

Part of the Year to Stay Vigilant: Understanding when to be cautious helps minimize potential risks:

  • Tick Activity: Tick season typically coincides with warmer months, increasing the chances of tick-borne diseases.

Mitigating Potential Risks: Taking proactive steps can greatly reduce the risk of disease transmission:

  1. Avoid Direct Contact: Refrain from handling squirrels, and teach children to do the same.

  2. Tick Prevention: Regularly check yourself, family members, and pets for ticks after outdoor activities.

  3. Maintain Hygiene: Thoroughly wash hands after being outdoors and handling pets.

  4. Secure Trash: Properly secure trash cans to discourage squirrels and other wildlife from scavenging.

Our Approach to Health and Safety: At Wildlife Control Pros, we prioritize your family's well-being and provide expert guidance:

  1. Educational Insights: We equip you with knowledge to minimize potential health risks.

  2. Property Evaluation: Our team assesses your property to identify potential attractants and risks.

  3. Humane Practices: Our methods prioritize both your safety and the welfare of local wildlife.

Promoting Healthful Coexistence: Our focus is on achieving lasting harmony between your living space and local wildlife:

  • Educated Choices: Understanding disease concerns empowers you to make informed decisions.

  • Preventive Measures: Proper hygiene and preventive actions go a long way in minimizing risks.

A Healthier Balance with Nature: If you have concerns about potential disease risks related to squirrels, reach out to us at (231) 299-0929 or We're here to provide insights, ensure safety for your family and pets, and help you coexist healthfully with the wildlife around you.

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