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 are among the most active wild animals in North America, and winter is no exception. When the days get shorter and the temperature grows colder, squirrels will begin collecting nuts and seeds that will soon be in short supply. Squirrels nest in tree hollows and other natural areas, as well as; attics, wall cavities and sheds to avoid predators, and the elements. Though they do not hibernate, squirrels will spend more time in their dens during the winter, emerging on warmer days to continue collecting food. Small tracks in the snow on your roof could be a sign of unwanted guests in your home.
Similar to raccoons, squirrels begin mating in January, and begin giving birth to their first litters of the year in late-February. Many homeowners with squirrels in their attic during winter falsely assume they will leave on their own when the weather warms. The truth is that by spring, the situation is made far worse by the arrival of 2-6 active and destructive babies.
Winter is often the ideal time to evict and prevent squirrels from living in your attic to avoid costly home damage. It’s important to act quickly at the first signs of squirrel activity for the safest, most effective exclusion.
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.
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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.