Squirrels are adorable creatures, but they can also end up being unwelcome guests in your home this winter. While these cute creatures are busy collecting nuts and digging up your garden in the spring or summer, winter is a time for squirrels to find a warm place to wait out the season. Often times, that warm place can end up being your attic space.
Although squirrels tend to have a brown or grey color to them, some grey haired squirrels can have black fur, making them something of a novelty to see. Black squirrels can also be identified by having a white face and white fur in the tip of their ears or tail. Black squirrels tend to only be found in some areas of the United States but are just as likely to find their way into your home this winter.
Many homeowners would prefer to have their homes to themselves but don’t want to harm such innocent animals. The best pest control services should offer humane methods for trapping and removing squirrels from your home.
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Tree squirrels like the Eastern gray squirrels found in New York and New Jersey do not hibernate. Even when there is snow on the ground, you’ll see squirrels chasing each other through the trees and scampering around backyards foraging for food. But tree squirrels do not like the kind of frigid, windy weather that has repeatedly visited the East Coast this winter.
When Arctic temperatures descend and howling storms rip through the state, squirrels pile on top of each other to conserve body heat and stay in their leaf-lined nests for days and sometimes weeks until the weather eases. But this winter, the weather has been so extreme that many squirrels have been invading New York and New Jersey homes, seeking better protection against the cold and wind in well-insulated attics. The approach of birthing season has only heightened the animals’ urgency to find safer, warmer shelter before kittens arrive.
Eastern gray squirrels can have two litters a year; the first in February to March and a second in mid- to late-summer. Litter sizes range from 2 to 8 kits (babies are called kits, pups or kittens). Kits are born blind and helpless but mature quickly.
Constant gnawers, squirrels can be extremely destructive if they take up residence in your attic. They carry rabies and disease-bearing parasites and foul insulation. If squirrels move into your home, don’t risk being bitten or coming into contact with contaminated nesting materials. Call Stern’s nuisance animal control experts for professional 24-hour emergency squirrel removal.
It’s said that good things come in small packages. That certainly doesn’t hold true for finding squirrels in your attic, though. Watching them scamper across your yard hunting acorns is one thing. Having them settle in as unwanted roommates is another thing altogether.
If trees make good homes for squirrels, just imagine how much more appealing your attic is. Not only is it warm and dry, it offers more protection from predators that may threaten them outdoors. Thanks to their climbing ability, squirrels have access to every part of your home. Their size makes it easy for them to slip in through vents, loose shingles or any other gap they may find.
The first tell-tale sign is usually the skittering pitter-patter sound of the visitors running around overhead. Once a squirrel’s inside, the main threat they present comes from their razor-sharp teeth. They’re capable of chewing through wood, insulation and wiring, meaning nearly every surface of your home is in danger. You may also begin to notice a smell coming from their droppings and urine, which can cause damage to ceilings.
There’s no need for you to tackle this problem on your own. Our licensed technicians at Stern Environmental Group are experienced in humanely removing squirrels and performing a thorough clean-up and disinfecting. Contact us to find out how we can help.
Most people in New York and New Jersey are familiar with the gray squirrels that leap through the trees in backyards and scamper after peanuts in park. Whether you disparage them as annoying, mischief-making “tree rats” or delight in their amazing aerial acrobatics, the bushy-tailed Eastern Gray Squirrel is well known to everyone who lives in New York City or northern New Jersey. But most people don’t realize that the gray squirrels they see during the daytime have a nighttime counterpart, the Southern Flying Squirrel.
Smaller than the 6- to 8-inch long gray squirrel, the Southern Flying Squirrel is tailless and has a furry, kite-like membrane that stretches along each side of its body from wrist to ankle. With no true wings, flying squirrels don’t actually fly like birds or bats; they glide between trees, shifting the position of their bodies to change direction. While most flights are considerably shorter, flying squirrels are capable of flights of up to nearly 300 feet, or about the length of a football field.
Because these animals are nocturnal, you may never see a flying squirrel; but they still pose a potential pest problem to NYC and NJ home and business owners if they decide to nest in your attic. Stern offers 24-hour emergency squirrel removal and squirrel control services for both flying squirrels and ground squirrels. This is squirrel nesting season; keep us on speed dial!
Squirrels may seem cute as they chase each other through the trees, and their acrobatics as they try to snitch seeds from your birdfeeder can be entertaining; but when squirrels move into your attic for the winter their charm quickly dissipates. In the fall, squirrels start looking for toasty places to build their winter nests. If they gain access to the attic of your home or commercial building, they can ruin insulation, damage stored items and even start fires if they chew through electrical wires.
Squirrel-caused fires are more common than you might think. Like other rodents, squirrels’ teeth grow constantly which means they must gnaw constantly to keep their teeth worn down and sharp. A determined squirrel can chew through roofing shingles and underlayment to gain entrance to eaves or attics; although these pesky animals are more likely to enlarge small holes or take advantage of rotted fascia boards to chew an entrance into your home or building.
Once squirrels establish a nest, they will return year after year to the same location, complicating efforts to get rid of these determined critters. Not only can squirrels carry rabies, but they can bring fleas, mites, ticks and parasites into your home or commercial building. Their droppings and food stores can also attract secondary pest infestations.
For safe, effective squirrel removal, call the squirrel removal experts at Stern Environmental.