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General Squirrel Information

Squirrels are active during the daytime. Squirrels are most active in early morning and evening right before sunset. When you hear noises during any part of the day, especially morning and evening, you probably have squirrels. The noise is almost always a fast scamper, and not a heavy thumping sound. Sometimes you'll even hear them playing and rolling nuts around. When it’s a mother squirrel, there's not much noise at all until the juveniles start running around. But if there are three or four juvenile squirrels in your attic, you'll hear a lot of noise and activity. The noise can come from any where in the attic, but squirrels do tend to stay near the entry hole and will most likely also have a second escape exit hole. Squirrels can also be heard in walls and void areas scurrying up and down.

Squirrels can gain entry to structures by gnawing, climbing, jumping, chewing through wood and metal and pushing their way through screened vents. They also gain entry through open construction gaps, open chimneys, open eaves, open exhaust vents and open roof vents.

Facts About Squirrels

Squirrel are tough creatures, they can endure a lot of hardship and have some surprising abilities:

  • The Squirrel belongs to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents which includes chipmunks, marmots and prairie dogs.
  • The tail of the squirrel acts like a parachute and provides balance
  • Squirrels take a long time in grooming themselves because they are an extremely clean animal
  • There are over 1650 species of squirrel
  • The name of a squirrels nest is a drey
  • A Squirrels Lifespan: 3-7 years
  • Squirrels eat fruits, nuts, green vegetation, seeds and fungus. Some also eat meat, small birds, young snakes, eggs, insects and small rodents.
  • Squirrels have 2 litters a year, the first between February & April and the second litter between August & September
  • Squirrels have excellent eyesight and a good sense of smell
  • Squirrels use their tails as a signalling device to communicate
  • An average squirrel litter produces three to five babies
  • Squirrel teeth grow continuously
  • The name for a group of squirrels is a Scurry
  • Squirrel Males are called Bucks & Females are called Does
  • Squirrel babies are Pup, Kit or kitten
  • Squirrels often chew on electrical wires and hoses in order to sharpen their teeth

Some Diseases directly transmitted by squirrels

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Leptospirosis
  • Plague
  • Squirrels Fever
  • Salmonellosis

Damage

Squirrel eat and contaminate food and animal feed. They also damage containers and packaging materials in which foods and feed are stored. Squirrels species cause problems by gnawing on electrical wires and wooden structures such as doors, ledges, corners, and wall material, and they also destroy insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting.

Insulation is the first target of a squirrels infestation. Squirrels use the fibers to build nests and create pathways throughout the attic and walls. Ultimately, this results in your home’s insulation losing much of its functionality. If your heating bills seem to go up a bit more than you would expect every year, this may well be the problem.

Squirrels are also a major problem for health reasons. They will defecate and urinate all over the attic & in walls. This introduces parasites, bacteria and other nasty microscopic creatures to the interior environment of your home.

Then there is Squirrel death. While squirrels have been blamed for spreading many diseases, we are talking about a different type of death in this case – a dead squirrel inside the walls of your home. The smell is legendary & suffocating, difficult to remove, and not something you would ever want to experience.

Squirrel damage to homes & businesses can be costly. Squirrels can chew through just about anything. Their teeth continue growing about 6 inches a year throughout their entire lives. To keep them trimmed to a proper length squirrels chew on stuff.

A major issue arises when squirrels don’t have acorns, walnuts or other hard coated seeds gathered from trees, and will instead chew on your home or business or anything else to keep their teeth trimmed. They might chew on wood siding, roofing material, sheds, barns, grill covers, patio furniture & plastic yard lights.

So how do you stop them from destroying your property? Call the professionals at Wildlife X Team for a Free Inspection

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