Squirrels
Squirrels in the attic? Squirrels in your crawl space or eaves? Those scurrying sounds in the attic may well be Gray, Fox, Flying or Pine squirrels - which love to invade attics, and occasionally walls of structures. Call today for removal solutions to rid your home of squirrel problems!

Description

The United States contains at least 12 species of tree squirrels, 23 species of ground squirrels, and 2 types of flying squirrels! The squirrels are found throughout the country and are classified as game animals in some states. Mostly, though, squirrels are unprotected and considered little more than nuisances.

Appearance

  • Tree squirrels usually grow between 1 and 2 feet long, including their large bushy tails
  • Coarse, grizzled coats in shades of gray, brown, or black, and lightly colored underbellies
  • Ground squirrels have shorter tails, short fur, and are generally smaller
  • Ground squirrels range in appearance from reddish-gray to smoky brown and may have black spots or stripes
  • Flying squirrels are the smallest of all three types and have webs of skin between their fore and hind limbs used for gliding
  • Typically light brown or gray, flying squirrels are primarily nocturnal and have large eyes to help them see at night.

Habitat

Species of tree squirrels prefer to live among hardwood or coniferous forests where ground cover is plentiful. Tree squirrels' nests are usually made up of twigs and leaves. Ground squirrels thrive in open grasslands where they can dig deep, extensive burrows with many exits. Flying squirrels make their homes in the crevices of trees or abandoned bird's nests. These small, nocturnal creatures prefer to live in wooded areas where they can glide from treetop to treetop without having to descend to the ground!

Problems

Entry

Are squirrels known to enter homes or yards?
Squirrels are often sighted in backyards and public parks. As opportunistic omnivores, squirrels feed off human food and garbage whenever possible. Tree squirrels and flying squirrels have been known to enter attic spaces to nest, and ground squirrels often burrow into yards or' fields in search of food.

Damage

Do squirrels harm people or property?
Taking advantage of any available food sources, squirrels damage yards and fields by digging for nuts and insects! When ground squirrels burrow near manmade structures, they weaken the structural integrity and cause collapses. Flying squirrels and tree squirrels damage homes by gnawing or tearing at insulation and electrical wires on roofs and in attics. Believe it or not, but squirrels can also cause outages when they run across power lines!

Control

Control and Safety

Keeping ground squirrels off your personal property is a challenge since the rodents can simply burrow underneath or climb over most fences, though electrified fencing can be effective. Tree squirrels and flying squirrels can be kept from entering attics by sealing all possible external entrances and pruning tree limbs that hang over roofs.

Trapping and Removal

If serious squirrel problems arise, contact Critter Control wildlife experts to handle the furry little rodents! Our technicians have the training and tools necessary to trap and remove squirrels from private properties. We only employ humane methods of eradication and our process is safe for all humans and animals involved.

We can help you get rid of squirrel problems! Call our office in Cape Cod today: 508.690.0076.

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