Black, grey and red squirrels are busy rodents. They can run up to 25km an hour and they produce two litters of babies per year — one in spring and another in late summer. Squirrels can chew holes into homes and scamper within the walls and attic spaces, where they build nests, cause structural damage and pose numerous health risks.
What has big black eyes, long whiskers, and fits in the palm of your hand? The answer is a baby squirrel, of course. Unfortunately, as cute as they are, baby squirrels can short circuit wiring, shred insulation, cause roof leaks, and destroy wood inside attics. Getting rid of a nest in your attic is not an easy matter, and the problem becomes even more complicated once babies come along.
Red and grey squirrels can both have two litters per year. The first litter of one to eight blind and naked kits is born in March. These youngsters are completely dependent on their mother for food and care. By summer, the babies will be fully furred and ready to explore your property. Healthy females then can have a second litter in late summer. This second round of babies will spend winter in the nest with her, and next spring the whole cycle will start over, this time with a bigger population.
We all know spring is coming, but don’t let baby squirrel season take you by surprise. If you have seen evidence of squirrel droppings, piles of insulation, or hear scurrying inside your attic, now is the time to take action. It is much simpler and better for homeowners to exclude them now, before they begin having babies. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can determine where they are entering and install barriers to keep them out permanently. Call us today for advice on keeping squirrels out of your home.
It’s easy to notice that squirrels are much more active during the summer than any other season. Spring babies are capable of feeding themselves 15 weeks after birth, but usually stay with their mothers until another litter is born. Female squirrels usually have two litters, one in the spring, and one in the summer. In July/August, a mother squirrel will birth her second litter, and spend the late summer tending to her young the same way she did in the spring.
Similar to raccoons, squirrels do not hibernate during the winter, but they do build a “pantry” of sorts in their winter dens, filled with enough food to sustain them through the long stretches of winter weather. They will also eat more than usual through late summer and fall to maximize their body weight, which will help them survive the colder weather.
Our Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify all squirrel entry points into your home. Because squirrels are so adaptable, humanely and strategically removing all adults and their babies is the most effective and economical approach, followed by professionally sealing your home against further entry.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contamination that can pose serious health concerns. Inside homes, squirrels can chew wiring and build messy nests of dry leaves and twigs that can measure several feet in size. It’s important to have the contamination removed professionally because squirrels and their nests carry ticks and fleas, which can hurt pets and humans alike. Your Wildlife Technician will advise cleaning and clearing squirrel nesting material and damaged insulation, depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure your home is a safe and healthy place for you and your family.
Part of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s process involves making sure that your home is protected against future squirrel intrusions. The materials used to build your home are often no match against the determined and opportunistic squirrels in your neighbourhood. Our Wildlife Technicians will use heavy gauge screening to seal any openings at risk for further squirrel entry. With over two decades of experience identifying and repairing wildlife damage, we have what it takes to keep the squirrels out. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control specializes in ensuring that your home and family are protected as part of our customer service experience.
FACT: As rodents, squirrels are constantly looking for food and produce many offspring – two litters per year (spring and late summer), with an average of 5-6 per litter. This activity can result in significant damage to buildings and major headaches for business and home owners.
FACT: Squirrels must constantly chew in order to keep their incisors from growing too long. Multiply the problem times five babies (pups), and you have a major building damage problem and fire hazard.
FACT: If the squirrels leave the nest for an extended period of time, the ticks and fleas in their nests will look for new hosts (i.e. people and pets).
FACT: Squirrels are very swift and can move or attack quickly if threatened. Although usually frightened of people, a mother squirrel can be quite aggressive if she perceives danger or is separated from her babies.
FACT: Squirrels produce an average litter of 4-6 babies twice per year, usually in the spring and late summer. Squirrels usually have 5-6 den sites in residential areas. Killing or capturing the adult likely won’t solve the problem, since the babies may still be living in the attic, chimney, walls, roof or vents.
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