We’ve reached the time of year when the squirrels are waking up from their winter naps and they’re about to become active again. This means that in addition to seeing them scampering around your yard, you’re likely to hear them in your attic as well. While the best course of action may be to call NJ pest control specialists, you may be interested to know that there are several different types of tree squirrels.
Types of Tree Squirrels in New Jersey
Not all squirrels are the same. If you live in New Jersey, you could be dealing with any of the following:
Fox squirrels – These are the largest types of squirrels, and they tend to be brown/gray in color with an orange/brown belly. They reproduce twice a year and can have as many as three babies per litter.
Gray squirrels – These tend to be mostly gray with a white belly. They are typically found in larger hardwood forests, but they can be seen in New Jersey’s urban areas.
Red squirrels – Red squirrels are smaller with a red/brown coat and a white belly. They tend to prefer evergreen forests.
Flying squirrels – This is the smallest variety, and their bodies allow them to glide through the air.
Your NJ pest control specialists understand how quickly squirrels can become a nuisance. We can help you deal with them if they’ve taken up residence in your home. Contact us!
You’re sitting quietly in your home and you hear noises coming from the attic. Maybe it’s a scratching sound or the light pitter-patter of feet skittering across the ceiling. If this is what you’re hearing, chances are it’s a squirrel taking up residence.
Signs that Squirrels are In-House
Squirrels that have found their way inside your home may stick around for a while. This is especially true during the cold winter months and when they need a safe place to bear their young.
What you may hear, most often, is scratching sounds emanating from the ceiling and sometimes from the walls if one has inadvertently gotten stuck. They’ve also been known to get stuck in chimneys. As mentioned, you may hear one or more squirrels skedaddling across the ceiling.
If you’re able to do a visual check of the attic, you may see signs of fecal matter. Other areas to visually check are exterior points of entry as squirrels are adept at chewing and there aren’t many materials that present a challenge, including metal. Look around the roof line, fascia boards, screens, even a roof’s shingles.
When you find signs of squirrels in the attic, the best course of action is contacting NJ pest control specialists. With NJ pest control experts on the job, squirrels can be removed safely and efficiently.
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 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.
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.
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.
Squirrels are one of the more entertaining creatures to watch as they make their way through the treetops leaping, jumping, and climbing their way along the branches. Their acrobatic techniques, fast-flying feet, agile paws, and inquisitive eyes just add to their personality and appeal.
If you have tall trees in your yard, chances are, they have been the home of a squirrel’s nest. Squirrels have an affinity for choosing sturdy trees that provide plenty of coverage and security for their young.
One place you’ll find a squirrel nest is in a tree cavity den. These are usually created by woodpeckers for their young, or it may be a naturally hollowed out cavity. These enclosures provide optimum protection from the elements.
The second nesting place is found nestled in the fork of sturdy tree branches, which provide stability against the wind. These nests are constructed of leaves, moss, twigs, tree bark, grass and other materials the squirrels deem appropriate and are located high in the branches away from roving predators.
The squirrel weaves together the material creating a base then a framework or outer shell, which is then filled and lined with additional material.
Additional nests may be in nearby trees and are used as resting places, food storage hideaways, or hiding spots.