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Houston Wildlife Control: Identifying Squirrels

Houston hosts a thriving squirrel population. They live among us, entertaining us with their acrobatics and shenanigans and sometimes causing a bother when they invade our spaces. When squirrels become a problem for you, Houston’s wildlife control experts are there to help in restoring your space to its squirrel free state.

Squirrels, The Basics

Squirrels can reproduce at alarming rates as they give birth of up to two litters each year with each litter ranging from 2-4 babies. This is why Houston has such a thriving population of the furry animals. Squirrels feast on the available nuts and seeds and occasionally they may consume other foods such as insects, buds and mushrooms. Their natural habitat is in the trees and forest areas, however, many have adapted to life among human beings and as a result, you may find them in your Houston home.

The Squirrel Species of Houston

The Gray Squirrel, the Flying Squirrel, and the Fox Squirrel are among the city’s most popular squirrels. Of these three, the gray squirrel is the most popular one accounting for 90% of Houston’s squirrel population.

Gray Squirrels are mostly gray and have white fur coating their underside. These squirrels are smaller and faster than the Fox squirrel and this makes them a little trickier to control or target for removal when they enter the home environment.

The Fox Squirrel’s coat mimics that of a fox hence the name Fox Squirrel. Of the three major squirrel species in Houston, the Fox squirrel has the largest body size. When you look at the underside of a Fox Squirrel you will see an orange-brown coat.

Houston’s Flying Squirrel is the smallest of the three main species and has a unique ability to soar through the air. The squirrel doesn’t actually fly as its name implies but instead leaps from one elevated point to another but its body features allow it to glide over longer than usual distances while doing so. The wing-like body part that stretches from the squirrel’s front to hind legs on either side of its body is what allows for this smooth suspended gliding. You are more likely to see this squirrel in action at night as it is a nocturnal animal.

Squirrel Behavior in Your Home

When squirrels nest in your home they sometimes give birth and nurture their young there as well. This makes squirrel control a tricky issue for many homeowners especially those who want to reclaim their space without harming the animals. Squirrel babies are quite vulnerable as they are born without fur and do not start to see until five weeks after birth.

An amazing fact about squirrel biology is that their front teeth grow continuously. As a result, they constantly gnaw at items such as wood to keep them sharp and manageable. This spells trouble for you when they live inside your home. They will use the wooden sections of your attic as teeth sharpeners and they will do the same for electrical wires. This results in your home being at risk of electrical fires. It also causes structural damage such as a weakening of your roof.

If the fox squirrel is the species in your space, you can expect to see them active in the early morning and late in the day as this is when they feed. They are quite skittish around perceived threat and will retreat into hiding spaces at the first sign of danger. This makes them a challenge for DIY removal efforts.

The Best Long Term and Thorough Solution for Squirrel Problems

It goes without saying that the more squirrels in the space and the longer they stay there, the greater the damage will be. This is why it is important to tackle a squirrel intrusion problem promptly and completely.

In Houston, Skedaddle offers effective and efficient wildlife control services that will help to ensure that you get to enjoy a squirrel free domestic space. Our trained and experienced wildlife technicians are experts in squirrel behavior and biology and this makes them more than suitable to humanely evict squirrels from your property. The services range from assessment and removal to clearing and cleaning and end with preventing and protecting services.

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About the author:Bill is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Houston. Graduating from Sam Houston State University, he spent most of the next years in residential property development, building, running subdivisions and mobile home parks.

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