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When do Squirrels Have Babies in New Jersey?

When do Squirrels Have Babies?
When do Squirrels Have Babies?

Grey squirrels are cute and their babies are even cuter. That doesn’t mean you want them as house guests. Here are some helpful facts about the breeding habits and behavior of grey squirrels, a frequent target of NJ pest control.

When Do Squirrels Breed?

You may sometimes hear grey squirrels referred to as cat or migratory squirrels. This species, commonly found in New Jersey and the eastern United States, usually lives in forests and other natural outdoor areas. Since grey squirrels have little fear of humans, it’s not unusual to see them in urban areas as well.

Grey squirrels breed from December to February and again from May to June. While female squirrels can’t breed until they’re at least a year old, males are extremely active during these periods. Breeding squirrels may even engage in mating dances.

Birth and Lifespan

During the 44-day gestation period, pregnant squirrels may become more aggressive.  Litters generally produce two to six squirrels, although there can be as many as eight babies. According to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, grey squirrels have an average lifespan of 1 to 2 years, but wild grey squirrels can live up to 10 years.

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What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?
What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

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!

The Real Risk of Squirrels In Your Home – Disease, Smell, and Damage

Squirrels Can Cause Much Damage to Your Home.
Squirrels Can Cause Much Damage to Your Home.

No matter how much we enjoy watching the antics of squirrels running willy-nilly through the trees, the fact is, these clever cuties cause damage.

Health and Home

Health-wise, squirrels can pose a problem such as spreading ticks and fleas, salmonella, and Leptospirosis. Rabies is not a known issue with squirrels but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take precautions to keep squirrels out of your home, garage, or shed.

Because squirrels are usually heavily infested with fleas and ticks, if they set up housekeeping in your attic, for example, you can plan on dealing with a flea and tick infestation. If you have pets, an infestation in your home will have an adverse effect on them too. When an infestation occurs, you need a NJ squirrel removal specialist for the job.

Squirrels are adept at finding entrances into a home’s attic. This is a great place to get away from winter weather and to build a nest and have babies.

As the babies grow and become more mobile, they’ll begin to chew on whatever is available as well as make poop messes throughout the attic. These droppings are the cause of Leptospirosis and salmonella. Both pose a health risk: Leptospirosis causes flu-like symptoms and salmonella is defined as food poisoning.

If you need squirrels trapped and removed, contact Stern and we’ll send a trained NJ squirrel removal expert to handle the job. ?????

What Squirrels Are Found in New Jersey and New York?

Get to Know your Local Squirrel Species.
Get to Know your Local Squirrel Species.

Squirrels are well-known creatures throughout the United States; just look out your window and chances are you’ll see one, two, or more, frolicking in the trees or burying acorns.

There are quite a few squirrel species and some parts of the U.S. see the same types while others may see a different species.

New Jersey Squirrels

New Jersey squirrels sound like the name of a sports team, which would fit these energetic and agile creatures of the wild. In New Jersey, there are several of these species, which include the gray squirrel, red squirrel, southern flying squirrel, and northern flying squirrel.

New York Squirrels

New York residents have their own squirrel population that is similar to New Jersey. The red, gray, and flying squirrels are common as well as the fox squirrel.

Squirrel Habits

While watching squirrels can be entertaining, it’s sometimes necessary to have NJ and NY squirrel removal services visit your property. The reason is squirrels are notorious for chewing and their appetite includes pretty much anything.

They especially like attics where they can get warm, make a nest, and have their babies, which can lead to messes, noise, and the pittering pattering of little feet across the ceiling during the night.

At Stern, we’re experts at NJ and NY squirrel removal. We’re fast and provide humane squirrel trapping. When you need NJ and NY squirrel removal assistance, just give us a call.

You Think You Have Squirrels in Your Attic, What Do You Do First?

Make Sure Squirrels Don't Bite You!
Make Sure Squirrels Don’t Bite You!

Squirrels are opportunists when it comes to finding warm, dry, and cozy locations to make their nests. Even the smallest opening isn’t a problem for creative squirrels looking for accommodations inside your home.

Access to Your Home

There are several ways squirrels can enter your home to set up housekeeping. One popular area is the attic. Another is crawl spaces, and a third is inside the soffits.

Avoiding a Squirrel Infestation

A few tips to help avoid a squirrel community inside your residence includes the following:

– Do a visual inspection of the outside of your home searching for any holes, cracks, or crevices squirrels may enter.

– Check for broken soffits. Squirrels are adept acrobats and squeezing into a soffit is easy.

– If crawl spaces aren’t secure, meaning there’s no barrier to keep critters out, be creative with covering the hole that allows access to you but not to wildlife.

– An area that is already damaged is another easy entry point as the squirrels will chew their way inside.

NJ squirrel removal is not something you want to handle on your own. While there are traps and baits available to capture and remove squirrels to another location, it’s best to let our experts at Stern Environmental Group handle the issue safely.

Contact us today for an inspection. Our NJ squirrel removal goal is fast and efficient service, a focus on customer satisfaction, and a squirrel-free environment.