Are Squirrels Dangerous to Humans?

If you’ve ever wondered “are squirrels dangerous?” you weren’t wrong to. A lot of people don’t consider squirrels threats, but these bushytailed rodents are still rodents, with the same sort of dangers their mouse and rat cousins are known for.

Squirrel diseases humans can catch include Lyme Disease and Salmonella, to say nothing of the dangers of rabid squirrels.

Here, we’ll take you through all the reasons you should get rid of squirrels, particularly with Terminix Canada’s help.

The Threat of Rabid Squirrels

While rabid squirrels are rare, they can still catch the rabies virus and become just as dangerous as any other rabid creature. As with most rabies-infected animals, rabid squirrels are highly aggressive, and while it’s very unusual for a squirrel bite to give rabies to a human, it could transmit the virus to your pet.

An additional danger of rabid squirrels is that their jerky, swift movements and uncontrolled energy might not seem that different from a squirrel’s usual behaviour, leaving the possibility that you might not react to a rabid squirrel attack until it’s too late.

The Danger of Squirrel Diseases

Squirrel diseases are varied and can be highly dangerous to humans. For instance, the ticks they carry can give you Lyme Disease, which can burden you with a serious rash that could result in joint pain, severe headaches and even facial paralysis, if left untreated.

Their droppings can also carry salmonella bacteria, which can give you severe diarrhea, abdominal pains, and vomiting. Other squirrel diseases include Tularemia, which can result in swollen lymph nodes and ulcers, as well as Leptospirosis which has flu-like symptoms.

House Damage and Squirrels in the Attic

Even if you’re still wondering “are squirrels dangerous?” squirrels in the attic or inside your walls can be a massive nuisance. Not only do their droppings and urine carry diseases, but they of course also leave terrible smells that drift through the house.

They can also cause serious structural damage to your home by chewing on wires and insulation that’s not easy to repair. In fact, thousands of house fires every year are caused by squirrels gnawing on wiring.


Once you find squirrels in the attic, you can turn to Terminix Canada to get rid of squirrels in an ethical and humane manner using exclusion methods.

Terminix Canada has provided squirrel control to thousands of Ontarians since 1997 and our experts still wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every single day. Contact us today, before your squirrel problem drives you nutty.