Category Archives: Squirrel Control

Squirrels Have Two Breeding Seasons – What to Know

Squirrels Have Two Breeding Seasons - What to Know
Squirrels Have Two Breeding Seasons – What to Know

Squirrels driving you nutty? It could be breeding season antics. During certain times of the year, urban wildlife may move into your home in search of a safer place to raise their young, putting you in dire need of NJ squirrel removal services.

When Do Squirrels Breed?

Grey squirrels breed twice per year, once in the early spring, then again in the middle of the summer. Born in March-April, or July-August, each litter of about 3-5 babies takes about 8 weeks for their mothers to rear.

Why Did Squirrels Move into My Home?

Because trees leave young squirrels exposed to predators, squirrel mothers move into homes and outbuildings during breeding season, noisily taking up residence in attics, chimneys, and behind walls.

What to Do if You’ve Found a Nest

If you’ve come across a nest of baby squirrels, chances are they haven’t been abandoned. With no fear of humans, they may approach you while their mother is out searching for food. Leave them be, as mothers are aggressive and may attack if they feel their babies are threatened.

Moving Squirrels Out

Squirrels are tough to eradicate once established, returning to nests annually. Contacting a NJ squirrel removal specialist is best for lasting results. Avoid blocking entries and trapping babies inside. Mothers will cause damage attempting to regain access and their babies will die and decay.

Stern Environmental specializes in fast, humane, permanent removal. Learn more about our trusted services today.

Facts About the Eastern Gray Squirrel – They Breed More Often Than You’d Think

Facts About the Eastern Grey Squirrel
Facts About the Eastern Grey Squirrel

The eastern gray squirrel is an animal everyone who lives in New York and New Jersey is aware of. In fact, most of us see them every single day. While they’re cute, they can be a real menace too. Still, there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about them. As your NJ pest control specialists, we’d like to fill you in.

Breeding Habits of Gray Squirrels

Because squirrels hibernate during the winter, most people assume that they probably breed only once per year. However, as long as their food supply is good, most females will have two litters every year. When the females give birth, they can have as many as eight babies. This means that they multiply much faster than a lot of people realize.

In as little as eight months, those babies are adult size, and ready to have babies of their own. That spells trouble for anyone who already has a serious gray squirrel problem in their home, or on their property.

When to Contact NJ Pest Control Specialists

If you think you hear squirrels in your attic, or elsewhere in your home, it’s important to have a professional inspect the space right away. These pests can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time and, as we mentioned previously, they multiply quickly.

Please contact us at Stern Environmental for help right away!

How do Squirrels Find Their Way Into Your Attic?

Squirrels and Other Wildlife Can Destroy Your Attic
Squirrels and Other Wildlife Can Destroy Your Attic

Squirrels are creative, inventive, wily, and smart and finding ways into your attic is a piece of cake. Even the tiniest opening is an invitation to enter and if it isn’t, they’ll chew until the hole is large enough to gain entry.

Ways to Keep Squirrels Out of the Attic

One of the first lines of defense is ensuring your home is sealed by doing a visual inspection for any entry points. As noted, what may seem too small to you is not a problem for a squirrel to slip through. Find and seal all entry points.

Traveling through the treetops is second nature for squirrels. Another preventative measure is trimming all tree branches that may be overhanging the roof line. This cuts off their avenue of travel into your home.

If you find any cracks or crevices in the foundation wall they will need to be repaired.

Last but not least, set squirrel traps to catch the acrobatic critters. This is one of the safest bets for keeping squirrels out of the attic. Once they’ve been captured, release them several miles from your home into a wooded area where they have food and water sources. Repair any entry points to prevent new residents.

NJ pest control services are the professional way to handle squirrel removal. Contact Stern Environmental and we’ll schedule an experienced NJ pest control expert to remove your unwanted house guests.

Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic
Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Maybe you’re hearing the pitter-patter of little feet running across the ceiling or there’s scratching sounds emanating from the attic. If so, this could only mean one thing: squirrels.

Getting Rid of Squirrels in the Attic

There have always been bats in the belfry and right along with them are squirrels in the attic. Whether they’ve moved in for warmth during the cold season or to have their babies in a safe environment, the fuzzy-tailed critters can cause damage to your home.

Tips for NJ Squirrel Removal

Consider these do-it-yourself tips to help alleviate the problem.

– Place wire mesh over exterior ventilation vents leading to the attic.

– For homes with a chimney, cover the chimney cap with wire mesh or a chimney cap.

– If there are holes leading into your home large enough for a squirrel to squeeze through, repair them.

– Secure any openings that may exist between the attic and any and all rooms in the home.

– If squirrels are present in the attic, they need a way in and out. When sealing potential entry spots, leave a hole open to lure the squirrels out; then seal it to prevent reentry.

When unwanted critters invade your home, you need the services of a professional NJ squirrel removal service. That’s where Stern Environmental can help. With humane removal techniques, we’ll take care of getting your home squirrel-free. Call us today for a home inspection.

 

The Eastern Gray Squirrel – What to Know About Their Breeding and Habits

What to Know About Squirrels
What to Know About Squirrels

The gray squirrel has a large home base as it enjoys the many forests in the eastern portion of North America and those located in southern Canada. They prefer old-growth hardwoods where they build their nests, which are usually constructed with a combination of twigs, bark, twigs, and leaves. They also make their nests inside tree cavities.

Breeding Habits

The breeding habits of the gray squirrel are in many ways the same as those of a red squirrel. This means you’ll see close to a dozen male squirrels engaging in what is referred to as the “mating chase.”

The mating season takes place twice a year, once in the latter part of the winter season and again during the mid-summer season. Females ages two years or older are likely to have more than one litter. Younger females usually have just one litter.

Females average 2-3 babies per litter where they remain in the nest or den for around 49 days before attempting to leave the nest, and around 70 days before they’re weaned.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels may get in the attic where they can do damage to electrical wiring due to their propensity for chewing. A NJ pest control expert will need to be called to remove the squirrel(s) safely. This could include her babies.

If squirrels are wreaking havoc in your attic, Stern Environmental is your go-to NJ pest control specialist. Call us today.