Though pesky when infiltrating areas to which they don’t belong, squirrels are nonetheless fascinating creatures. Did you know…
Squirrels are rodents of the genus Sciurus and large family Sciuridae, which includes chipmunks, marmots, and prairie dogs.
Groups of squirrels are called “scurries.”
There are 1,650 species of squirrel, which typically possess a large bushy tail, long erect ears, muscular hind legs, and sharp claws.
Squirrels are primarily tree dwelling, however some species live in burrows.
Squirrels can damage trees and nest in attics and chimneys of homes, becoming a pest.
Squirrel nests are referred to as “dreys.” Squirrels bear two litters per year of about three young, one between February-April and one between August-September.
Squirrels are capable of moving across and swinging between narrow branches, up and down inclines, crossing gaps, and deftly dealing with obstructions.
The tail of a squirrel provides the animal with balance, acts as a parachute, and is also used in communication.
Squirrels have excellent eyesight and smell, and groom quite often.
Squirrel teeth grow continuously. The animals chew to wear down growth – and often enjoy sharpening them on your home’s electrical wires!
Scurries scurrying through your home? Contact Allison today, as the squirrel removal experts for Monmouth County, Allison Pest Control will humanely remove your squirrels, sanitize and clean the problem areas, and do minor repairs to keep squirrels from coming back.
The Care and Feeding of Attic Squirrels – Just Kidding
When your friends and family start to wonder about the squirrel colony you’ve got thriving in your attic, or you’ve started giving each one a name based solely on the unique sound it makes running across your bedroom ceiling at 3 a.m., it may be time to consider calling Allison Pest Control. There are several options available – some of which are more menacing than others – and catch and release traps are typically best when you’re just looking to evict and relocate your furry friends.
Catch and release traps can be placed in small, hard-to-get to spaces where squirrels may decide to set up shop. This humane method of capturing and controlling your squirrel population can help rid your home of noisy guests who don’t pay rent. (Our traps are too small for unwanted mother-in-laws, we apologize.)
With our expert knowledge of all things furry, creepy, or crawly, we’ve found that some of the best bait buffets for squirrels include: nuts, seeds, corn, peanut butter, and molasses. While a squirrel city may sound harmless, these fluffy-tailed rodents can do some serious damage to your home, property, and attic as they carve out their way in the world. Humane trapping means relocation to a bigger and better outdoor space, where they can happily continue their squirrel-lives.