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.
Squirrels birth two litters a year, one in early spring, and one in mid-late summer. Because of this, female squirrels tend to their young through late summer and into early fall. When the days get shorter, and the weather gets cooler, squirrels begin collecting nuts, seeds, and acorns to stow away before their food supply dwindles away for the winter. As with raccoons, squirrels do not hibernate. They do spend more time in their dens however, keeping a low profile until the weather warms up again in the spring. In urban neighbourhoods, finding a winter den site is a competitive task.
Due to the large population of squirrels, most of the natural dens, such as tree hollows, will be claimed quickly. Squirrels, being prolific chewers, will gnaw their way into structures to find shelter, including our attics and sheds. Keep an eye out this fall for signs of squirrel chewing, and give us a call if you notice any damage around your property. The best way to minimize the damage is to act quickly before the snow arrives.
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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