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Facts About Squirrels

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Squirrels are small to medium-sized rodents that are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa. They typically have slender bodies, bushy tails, and large eyes. Their soft and silky fur varies greatly in colour, even within their own species. Read on to learn more squirrel facts such as “what do squirrels eat?” and “where do squirrels live?”

Order/Family

Sciuridae

Scientific Name

Sciurus carolinensis

Where do Squirrels Live and What do Squirrels Eat?

Where do Squirrels Live: Squirrels can live virtually anywhere besides high polar regions and the driest of deserts. They are herbivores for the most part, living off seeds and nuts, but will dip into insects and even small vertebrates to survive.

As their large eyes suggest, squirrels have excellent vision, allowing them to find the best tree-dwelling spots (or the best hiding spots in your attic!). Their claws are sturdy and versatile, made for grabbing and climbing; they’ve developed an acute sense of touch as a result.

What do Squirrels Eat: Since squirrels cannot digest cellulose, they rely on foods rich in protein, carbs, and fats. Early spring is the toughest time for squirrels in the year, because nuts begin to sprout meaning they’re no good to eat, and new food sources are unavailable until late summer.

Squirrel Behaviour

Squirrel Facts: Squirrels breed once or twice a year, giving birth to a random number of young after three to six weeks. Female squirrels care closely for their young, which are weaned for another six to 10 weeks.

In general, ground-dwelling squirrels are social animals, unafraid of humans and the like, while tree-dwelling squirrels are solitary.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels

Squirrels in the attic is the most common reason we’re called upon for our squirrel removal services.

The best way to get rid of squirrels is to remove any open diet sources: seeds, nuts, and fruits are all prime targets for squirrels in the house. Gutter guards can keep squirrels from finding entry points into your home. If a squirrel has chewed its way into your home or attic, exclusion is the preferred method to get rid of squirrels. This is best left to wildlife control services to exclude these animals in a safe and humane way.

To prevent squirrels from entering your home:

  • Clip tree branches around or near your roof
  • Remove firewood near your property
  • Repair foundational cracks or holes in your house
  • Seal all entry points


 
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