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Are Squirrels Nocturnal?

What’s that creeping and crawling in the night? Rustle, rustle, rustle. Stick break, stick break, stick break. Something’s behind you! Well, it’s probably not a squirrel. The backyard acrobat does its tree leaping during the day. They are commonly found in urban areas. So, Burlington residents don’t have to wait until night time to enjoy squirrel activity.

Squirrels are not nocturnal. They are actually diurnal creatures meaning they are mainly active during the day. Many mammals are diurnal. Humans are good examples as most of us get everything done during the daytime. Squirrels enjoy the daylight because their food gathering and foraging is dependent on the environment’s temperature. They utilize the warmer weather to efficiently access food sources and avoid predators during the winter. Squirrels don’t hibernate, but they hate the cold. So, instead of spending long trips foraging for food on cold afternoons, they would rather sleep long hours in their nests.

Some animals can even adjust between being diurnal and nocturnal. Many times they make these changes to accommodate human life either through being domesticated or to avoid predators.


Plastic roof vents chewed by squirrels to allow them to get into the attic below

Since the squirrel’s tendencies are exposed by the light of day, people of Burlington can readily see any unwanted activity on your property. It’s important to keep track of their routines in your yard. It gives hints as to whether they are in your home. Regularly survey your building’s outer walls. Squirrels can enter through small holes in your roof or chimney.


A baby squirrel removed from a soffit

To remove squirrels you have to first get them and their babies out of the attic. This is best done by hand so that the babies can be reunited with their mother outside. Once their out you need to repair and secure the hole they used to get in to prevent future entry.

Humanely get rid of squirrels. Even if they’re in your attic there could be babies and locking the mother out or in could result in significant damage to your home. Burlington’s Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can safely extract the family and repair any access from the outside.

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