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Squirrels and Squirrel Removal

If you have, or suspect you may have a Squirrel problem, please call Wildlife Solutions at 1-800-932-7287 to talk to one of our experts.You can also contact us here.

Squirrels are primarily diurnal (active during the day) and can commonly be seen foraging and hoarding food during the early morning and late afternoon hours. Squirrels mostly eat nuts, seeds, and fungus; however, when food supplies are scarce they may also eat frogs, small rodents, insects, etc.

Squirrels have two mating seasons per year: from December through February and from May through June. They will typically have their young 1-2 months later. An average squirrel litter consists of approximately 2-8 baby squirrels. The young are weaned at 7 weeks and typically leave the nest after 10 weeks.

Squirrels can commonly be found nesting in tree hollows, in large nests in trees (called dreys), attic spaces, wall cavities, and other construction voids. Typical entries into homes include attic vents, soffit vents, and rotten fascia boards. Usually access to the roof is gained by scaling a gutter, pool cage, tree, or believe it or not, by running straight up a brick wall!

Common squirrel damage includes: Chewing on fascia boards and wooden trim, damage to water pipes and electrical systems, and harm to one's sanity due to incessant chewing and chattering in attics and walls.

Wildlife Solutions' staff are experts in squirrel removal, squirrel proofing, and damage restoration. Typical solutions include:

  • An inspection to identify damage and potential entry points
  • Trapping and removal of the offending animals
  • Exclusion of any potential entry points
  • Removal of fecal matter and damaged insulation
  • Cleanup of biological attractants

For more information please call 1-800-932-7287 or see our What We do and Pricing pages.

In case you're really interested in squirrels, here's some more in-depth information on them:

Diet: Squirrels typically munch on seeds, nuts, and fruit. If none of these options are available, a squirrel will resort to eating bird eggs, bugs, and animal carcasses. When squirrels want to bury their nuts for safekeeping, they use the ritual of cracking the shell with their teeth, cleaning off the nut as best as possible, and rubbing it on their face before placing it in the ground. Even when the nut is buried under massive amounts of snow, the scent that is now on the nut will help a squirrel find their buried treasure.

Life Expectancy:
Squirrels living in the wild will usually be hit by a vehicle before they become a year old. Oddly enough, if they are crafty and avoid being run over within their first year, they are known to generally live until they're 6 or 7 years old. The reason so many squirrels tend to get hit by cars is because when they run across the road and see an approaching vehicle, they don't just bolt in a straight line for the other side. They tend to run and stop sporadically in the road in order to make the approaching object shift courses. This is often a fatal mistake. Squirrels living in captivity have been known to live twenty years before dying of natural causes.

Concerns / Problems / Diseases: One of the reasons squirrels tend to become problems for homeowners is their love for building nests in creative places. Many times these places end up being attics and crawl spaces but the really crafty ones have been known to use automobiles, chimneys, and even barbecue grills. While squirrels come across as your cute and fuzzy outside neighbor, it's important to remember that their eyes are constantly looking for predators. So much that they rarely even focus long on what they're eating. This is a likely reason that most squirrel bites come from a human feeding them by hand.

Interesting Facts:

  • During mating season, a female squirrel will opt to mate with the strongest male around. However, after mating once, the female is unlikely to ever mate with that male again. Some consider this natures way of preserving the species by reducing inbreeding.
  • Contrary to popular belief, squirrels do not feed on tree branches - they chew on them to sharpen and preserve their teeth
  • Another item that squirrels use in attempts to sharpen their teeth are power lines - obviously causing many power outages over the years
  • A squirrels brain is about the size of a walnut