Houston’s squirrels are a lively bunch. Like all species of squirrels, they are known for their pleasant characteristics. They are fun to watch as they scurry about seeking and burying their precious nuts and seeds. But how do these upbeat and fun-loving foragers secure their safety especially when confronted by danger? In fact, quite often, the squirrel removal requests from Houston properties arise from situations in which the foragers are seeking refuge from danger. Let’s learn more about how squirrels protect themselves from predators.
Squirrels in Houston must constantly be on guard against dangers that they face from various sources. But who would want to harm such beautiful wildlife animals you may ask? Well, the natural enemies of squirrels include; coyotes, raccoons, weasels, the red fox, and large snakes. As if that weren’t enough, squirrels also have to be on the lookout for predatory birds like eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls who will try to swoop down and grab them for a meal.
To make matters worse, squirrels who find themselves in urban areas are exposed to attacks from domesticated pets such as cats and dogs. Human behavior also negatively affects squirrels. These include vehicular traffic (many poor squirrels get run over in Houston’s streets) and the use of harmful control methods.
Safety and Defensive Tactics Among Squirrels
Squirrels rank pretty high on the scale of nature’s most peaceful and friendly inhabitants, but they will respond instinctively to protect themselves when necessary. One of their defensive tactics is the use of the alarm call, designed to let the predator know it’s been seen by the squirrel and to warn nearby squirrels of the looming threat. This is enough to ward off some predators like cats who prefer to pounce when they have the element of surprise.
In order to remain undetected by predators, squirrels activate their innate camouflaging instincts. They blend into the surrounding space by capitalizing on similar features. The flying squirrel does this by moving about under the shadow of night but other squirrels may carry out tactics such as standing very still against the trunks of trees so that onlookers cannot tell the difference between their bodies and the tree.
Squirrels have a special defense tactic for rattlesnakes. They play on the snake’s reliance on infrared detection (especially at night) by flashing their heated tails in different directions to confuse the predator. Squirrels also move their tails around during the day to confuse other predators.
Even though squirrels are typically pretty friendly or skittish even, they can be aggressive, especially when they are rabid. If you spot a squirrel behaving oddly (especially aggressively) keep your distance and get in touch with a professional animal control service immediately. The squirrel may be rabid or nursing a young litter. A squirrel with a new litter is, like all other maternal wildlife citizens, quite aggressive in defense of her offspring.
In offensive mode, squirrels may make aggressive sounds or scratch at their perceived threat. They will also attempt to look bigger by standing upright and stretching their tails high. In fact, squirrels have engaged in deadly battles with predators like snakes. In a fight or struggle (against the bondage of a trap for instance), a squirrel can detach its tail to get away. Unlike other animals like lizards that do the same thing though, a squirrel will not be able to regrow its tail.
But the flight instinct is the one that is most likely to kick in when a squirrel feels threatened. They are more likely to seek refuge than to fight back and this is how they end up in buildings occupied by people. And, being naturally gifted with super speed, they are experts at fleeing. A squirrel will confuse and elude a predator by moving swiftly from one location to the next (and occasionally feigning movements).
Expert Intervention for Houston’s Squirrels’ Issues
Since squirrels can pass on potentially deadly illnesses to you, your pets or your family (through bites or scratches for example) you should always get help promptly when they find themselves on your property.
When squirrels intrude on your Houston property, expert and humane wildlife control intervention is the ideal solution. You need a thorough service that will result in the total removal of all squirrels from your property and the application of methods that will keep them out and this is precisely the service that Skedaddle offers. With effective professional squirrel removal from trained and experienced wildlife technicians like those at Skedaddle, your Houston property can be restored to its wildlife free status.