Squirrels are small rodents with bushy tails that can be found all over the world. Squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, and marmots are all members of the Sciuridae family.
Squirrels are classified into three types: tree squirrels, field squirrels, and flying squirrels. There are over 200 species of squirrels. Squirrel varieties include Albino, Mountain Tree, Antelope, Spotted, Grey, American Red, Douglas, Fox, Pygmy, Northern Flying, Southern, Arizona Gray, Idaho, Arctic Ground, Albert’s, Franklin, Richardson, Rock, White, and Black squirrels.
Grey squirrels are medium-sized squirrels that are common in North America. They reach a length of 15 to 20 inches, with their tails contributing another 6 to 9.5 inches to their overall length. They typically weigh between 1 and 1.5 pounds.
Tree squirrels like to live in trees, so they tend to congregate in wooded areas. Squirrels in the ground live up to their names. They live in burrows, which are underground tunnel systems. During the winter, some squirrels hibernate in burrows to stay warm.
Tree holes or nests built into the crooks of trees are where flying squirrels make their homes. Flying squirrels stretch the muscle membrane between their legs and bodies and glide through the air to get from tree to tree or from a tree to the ground. They can glide up to 160 feet (48 meters), giving the appearance of being able to fly.
Squirrels have evolved into creatures capable of entering a home or business through the tiniest crack or hole. If they can’t get in, they’ll chew through roof shingles, house siding, and a variety of other materials. Squirrels can begin to chew through wood, insulation, and other building materials once within a structure.
When a squirrel enters an attic, it can easily discover wires and power lines in the walls. Squirrels are searching for materials to build dens, strengthen their teeth, and feed as they scurry through the dark areas of the building. When there are squirrels and other rodents in a house, chewed wiring is a common occurrence. This chewed wiring can easily lead to house fires if not caught in time.
Squirrels are on the lookout for food as well as nesting materials. They can quickly penetrate food pantries and supplies, but they can also ruin gardens. Squirrels, like most rodents, consume fruits and vegetables. Squirrels are likely to be present if there is damage to a plant, such as partially eaten fruits and vegetables or dug up areas. It is important to schedule wildlife removal services as soon as possible since they might still be constructing nests in the home.
While most gnawed or broken furniture is found outdoors, squirrels can also cause damage to interior furniture, especially in a four-seasons room or screened in patio. Small holes or tears in the upholstery are likely. Chips in the wood may be missing, and claw and teeth marks may be visible. Squirrels can even chew on metal and plastic furniture, though it is difficult to penetrate.
Gray squirrels consume a number of foods, but oak acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, and walnuts can account for up to three-quarters of their annual diet. They also consume cultivated grains, as well as berries, vegetables, nuts, buds, and bulbs. Squirrels consume about one pound of food per week on average. Squirrels do not just eat nuts, contrary to common opinion. Squirrels are omnivores, meaning they enjoy consuming both plants and meat. Squirrels consume mushrooms, seeds, nuts, and fruits mostly, but they also eat larvae, small insects, caterpillars, small animals, and even young snakes. Red squirrels are opportunistic as well, but they prefer to eat conifer seeds. They also consume mushrooms, buds, and tree inner bark, as well as nuts, seeds, fruits, grains, insect larvae, and bird nestlings on rare occasions.
Squirrels are known to bear a number of diseases, but only a handful of them are harmful to humans. Tularemia, typhus, plague, and ringworm are among the most common. Infected squirrels can spread diseases to humans through bites or other types of direct contact. Tularemia, typhus, and plague have flu-like symptoms and can be fatal if left untreated. Squirrels are very rarely rabid, despite the fact that all mammals are vulnerable to rabies.
It may be necessary to trap the animal in order to extract it from the area. You’ll need the help of a wildlife control specialist to capture and remove the animal in this situation. Typically, there is a charge for this service.
Traps may be mounted on roofs, gutters, or attics, depending on the needs of the professionals. The use of the necessary bait would ensure a rapid capture and humane removal from the premises.
A female squirrel carries her young for 29 to 65 days, depending on the size of the species; smaller squirrels have shorter gestation periods. At any given time, a mother may have two to eight children. Babies are born blind and are known as kits or kittens. For around two to three months, they are fully dependent on their mothers.
The young are weaned after seven to eight weeks. When the kits leave the nest, they don’t travel more than 2 miles from home. Some squirrel species have new litters as often as every few months or as little as twice a year.
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Squirrels are popular in both rural and urban areas, but they can be a nuisance if they plan to make their home there. They would be able to chew their way inside or find gaps near the roof to build a nest. You can rely on expert squirrel removal in San Antonio, TX, when you hire Bailey’s Critter Removal. For all of our exclusion work, we provide full attic, roof, and ground assessments as well as warranties. For more information or to schedule a wildlife inspection, contact our team at (210) 679-1487.
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