How Squirrel Behavior Affects Wisconsin ResidentsYoung gray squirrels become sexually mature after a year. At this point they start mating and reproducing, resulting in an average of two litters each year with each litter having up to seven young squirrels. These litters are born during late March to early April and late July to early August. It is during these periods that you’ll likely find mother squirrels holed up in your attic with their kits. Squirrels tend to become problematic when they start to find food on your property. This food may be stored in your bird feeder as squirrels are known to have a love for bird seeds. They also feast on seeds from maples and elm, acorns, nuts, apples, corn, berries, and fungi. As long as these things can be found on or near your property, you’ll have gray squirrels hanging around. They are also pretty sociable… with their own kind. They spend a lot of time running around on the ground with each other. It can be quite entertaining to watch them engaging in this activity. But they are typically wary of human beings so you are advised to keep your distance.
Signs that You’ve Got a Squirrel ProblemIf you see or experience any of the following, you may have squirrels inside, a situation which calls for expert squirrel control services.
- Tree barks stripped of their outer layer
- Bird feeders knocked over or tipped in awkward positions
- Bird feeders being raided
- Squirrel droppings
- Scratching or rustling sounds coming from somewhere above, maybe in your attic.
- The smell of urine
- Seeing squirrels scurrying about