Are Squirrels Good or Bad to Have Around?


Squirrels are cute and seem innocent animals people want to adore and feed. But are these squirrels good for you to have around, or are they dangerous? Is this an ongoing question?

Some people don’t mind feeding them with seeds or nuts when they find them amazing. Meanwhile, some people are concerned about health issues and safety concerns and don’t want to have them around. So, some people struggle to understand whether they should keep them around.

No worries. We have compiled this post to help you understand the pros and cons of squirrel and more related things. So keep reading if you want to understand more about the squirrels.

Squirrel Natural Behavior and Characteristics

Squirrel Natural Behavior and Characteristics

By nature, squirrels are wildlife. The cuteness and adorable nature of the squirrel are understandable. Still, it is important to understand their instincts and behavior before concluding about their benefits and potentially dangerous things.

While squirrels share many traits with other rodents, a key difference is in what squirrels love to eat, which influences their interaction with human habitats.

This reflects clearly that squirrels can be dangerous animals like other rodents. Their chewing habits, like the Rats, mice, and other rodents, make them unfit to have around, especially if you have small kids or are health conscious.

Squirrels chew things like Soffits, Eaves, and Fascia to find and 4enter into the attic places.

They can even create holes in the wooden or scratchable material in your windows and doors to create space for more rodents and reptiles that you don’t want to have around.

Benefits of Squirrels to Have Around

1. Squirrels benefit nature and gardens by offering a suitable and substantial nature.

2. Squirrels act like pollinators that help as the crucial elements in picking and dispersing the various plant seeds and flowers. While hunting for food, squirrels collect various things, like seeds, nuts, flowers, and berries, from the various plants under the trees, bushes, and other natural vegetation. When they store more food, like human beings, they can’t consume it instantly, so they put it under the ground for future use and usually forget where they have kept it. During the cold season, when they can’t dig up the seeds and nuts they have collected, those seeds start sprouting naturally and become the reason for the growth of new plants.

3. Another benefit of squirrels is that they also help control the pests. Being omnivorous creatures, they eat up insects and smaller vertebrates, thus contributing to pest control and saving your garden.

4. Squirrels are friendly rodents when they don’t have young ones and are near around the breeding season, so humans can easily approach them.

Disadvantages of Having Squirrels to Have Around

1. Squirrels are adorable, but being wildlife creatures, they also have a dangerous and evil side. They are crazy and easily scratch things to escape the environment.

2. As they are omnivorous, they also eat insects, so they can bring parasites into your home, which will affect the empty environment and create the breeding ground for new diseases.

3. According to the University of California’s Integrated Pest Management, squirrels can transfer diseases to humans if they carry them alone or get them from another resource. The ticks and fleas of squirrels are also transferable to pets and human beings. They are not good for your health and are dangerous.

4. Being rodents that chew stuff, they will keep chewing the material of your windows, doors, and cupboards, or stuff to find and enter your attic that is not good for your safety, security, and budget.

5. Around the breeding season, or while nurturing their young ones, Squirrels are dangerous for humans and other creatures. To save themselves, they not only defend but they can also become the attacker.

6. Playing a great role in nature is another thing. But suppose your environment or garden has ornamental, decorative, or precious plants, flowers, or shrubs that need extra protection. In that case, Squirrels might become a potential danger for them because they are the seeds, berries, and fruit eaters as well. So, squirrels are not good for decorative gardens and can also harm plant-sensitive roots.

7. When the population of Squirrels is large enough in a particular area, where they have to struggle for food, they even start chewing the barks and limbs of the plants, tearing up the well-manicured lawns and yards, affecting the maintenance and other crucial things related to your lawn.

Final Thoughts

Every life has its specific purpose, and Squirrels also have some. They are the reason that helps the spread and growth of vegetation, plants, and other natural greeneries, as they bury the seeds and nuts in the ground. So they are beneficial for the gardens and nature. While taking them to your homes is a little dangerous, and you must follow the safety precautions.

This post showed you what is bad or good to have around so that you can understand if they are good for you or not. If you want more ways to add value to your lifestyle and maintenance experience, sign up and get our best tips and strategies sent to your inbox.

Kyle Dirr
Kyle Dirr, a distinguished horticulture scholar, holds a Ph.D. With over three decades of experience in botany and environmental science, he has served as a professor at several prestigious universities. He joined our website recently, sharing insights into plant biology and sustainable gardening practices. His previous work includes groundbreaking research in plant genetics and numerous publications in academic journals. He enjoys nature photography and contributing to community gardening projects outside his professional life.

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