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Autumn Is Peak Squirrel Season – Is Your Pickering Home Protected?

With much of their habitat being lost to urban growth, squirrels have become accustomed to living near humans. Each year they are forced into close contact with humans and must compete with us for food, shelter, and space. Most squirrels are active during the day, rest during the midday and then active again until night. They are most active during the fall when they collect and bury nuts for the upcoming winter. Dealing with these seemingly lovable critters is always best left to experts, so consider professional squirrel removal services on your Pickering property. Here’s what you need to know in order to prevent squirrel infestations in your home:

Baby squirrels are called pups.

Habitat

Trees protect the squirrels from the elements and predators, while also serving as a source for food. In urban areas, squirrels have also been known to nest inside of homes. They use sheds, attics, and eavestroughs. Typically, the most common location to find squirrels once they invade a home is the attic – this is because of the ample warmth, lack of natural predators and plenty of insulation materials, which the critters prefer to use for nesting. It is a good idea to always start one’s inspection in this part of the house.

Diet

Squirrels primarily eat acorns and nuts they find on the ground or in trees . They also eat seeds, flowers, fruit and occasionally bird eggs. These critters usually have two litters a year, with anywhere from 1-7 babies per litter. They may even eat small birds if extremely hungry or desperate.

Reproduction

The first mating season is from December to January, and birth occurs during February to April.  A second mating may occur in the early summer and another litter may arrive during August or September. At seven to eight weeks of age, the young leave the nest to forage with the mother.

Grey squirrels usually find shelter using higher ground.

Should I Try DIY Squirrel Removal?

Prevention is okay, but DIY removal is something you should not do. Homeowners should not attempt exclusion methods, especially during the months of March to October because the squirrel is most likely a mother with young inside the attic. If you hear noises coming from the attic during the night, it is more likely raccoons, which are nocturnal. If squirrels are living in your attic they will be noisy during the day. During the spring, summer and early fall, it is best to practice tolerance and have some patience with the situation. Young begin leaving the den around seven to eight weeks of age and exclusion techniques should not be attempted before this time. In these such cases, it always best to use professional squirrel removal services.

Dealing with Squirrel Problems? Get in Touch with Skedaddle Right Away

When it comes to sourcing the best and most reliable professional squirrel removal services in Pickering, opt for Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Skedaddle has a proven track record that involves more than 200,000 satisfied homeowners and nearly thirty years in the business. Over the course of that time, Skedaddle has pioneered a number of humane exclusion and removal methods for removing both adult and baby squirrels from people’s homes and properties. Additionally, squirrel families are reunited upon removal, allowing them to seek shelter elsewhere. Get in touch with Skedaddle and ensure your home is squirrel-free for good.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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