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Grey Squirrels: Your Questions About Them Answered

The Eastern Grey Squirrel, which goes by the scientific name Sciurus Carolinensis, or the common names Bannertail or Silvertail, is one of the species that is very popular in Canada. In fact, of the 22 squirrel species living in Canada, the grey squirrel is the most popular. They frequent places like Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, so if you’re anywhere in these territories or their vicinities you’re likely to encounter this furry little creature.

It can be a little tricky to identify this squirrel species since their fur can either be grey or black. A distinguishing feature of the squirrel though is its extra-long and bushy tail which can extend for as long as the length of the rodent’s body. This tail functions as a propeller for jumping, a source of warmth in cold times, a shelter from the sun when needed and a communication tool.

Habitat Habits

Mating for these squirrels takes place for three weeks during January-February and June-July. Then comes the gestation period for baby squirrels which is 40-44 days. At this point, mommy squirrels seek warm nooks to shelter and nurture their young. Traditionally they opt for the hollowed sections of tree trunks but in the wake of continued urban expansion into habitat zones, they have found additional options such as attics, cellars, and garages.

They are much peskier than other species because they metabolize the nuts they eat faster which means that even in the winter when other squirrels are on a foraging break, these little critters are still at it.

Keeping the Grey Squirrel at Bay

Squirrel deterrents that work for grey squirrels must be based on the characteristics of the rodent.

For example, this squirrel is very adaptable in terms of its diet. It traditionally feeds on nuts, tree bark (especially that of Maple trees), fruits and berries. Their very flexible diets make them adaptable to many environments including the residential spaces of human beings. The garbage that you dispose of may become their foraging source and so one useful squirrel deterrent is to dispose of food garbage far away from the home and limit its storage.

Since this squirrel loves trees, especially Oak and Hickory, the fewer trees that are in your immediate surrounding, the less likely you are to encounter one. But removing trees that are harmless and even beneficial is not such a practical idea for many property owners.

These creatures are nimble, agile and speedy with the ability to reach 25km/h. This is another reason expert animal removal teams are needed to help alleviate squirrel invasions. Since they also forage round the clock, they are likely to take more effort to control without the assistance of expert animal removal teams.

When this and other squirrel deterrent techniques fail or prove to be ineffective, it’s time to contact the experts. Choosing to use Skedaddles services means opting for an efficient and effective yet humane approach to squirrel removal that leaves you with the peace of mind you deserve.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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