Ground squirrels inhabit open grassy areas and openings in forests. They are adaptable to many kinds of environments including large areas of turfgrass. They become pest from their burrow systems and foraging behavior. Ground squirrels burrow beneath pump houses,storage sheds, barns, granaries, and other buildings that provide food and water.
Ground squirrels can be controlled using traps, and this is an effective way for removing small infestations. The traps are placed near the burrow entrances and covered to prevent harming any non-targeted wildlife. Baits are also an effective means of control for ground squirrels. The bait can be directly placed into the burrow or in bait boxes near the burrow.