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Squirrel Traps  |  Ground and Attic Squirrel Control

 

Flying Squirrels  | Gray Squirrels

There are several species of squirrel, but tree squirrels are the the most common nuisance for homeowners because they inhabit atticsand cause damage. Squirrels are typically discovered because they make a lot of noise in the area they inhabit.

Squirrels are abundant in the wild because their numbers far exceed the number of predators. The large population and decreasing natural habitat due to construction in many areas causes them to seek shelter in houses. The cool months of fall and winter cause squirrels to seek the warmth that is found in attics.

The most frequently asked question about squirrels is: What can I do to keep squirrels out of the attic?

Answer:
If you do run them temporarily (example moth balls), it would run you out as well.
Even at that, after sealing up their entry points,
they would gnaw inside making another entry point.

However there has been positive testimonies from the product called Squirrel Evictor:

A consistent trapping program is best for squirrel complete control.


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FLYING SQUIRRELS


©Photo courtesy of: Grolier Encylopedia

Normal habitat is inside tree cavities in hardwoods.

Smaller than the grey squirrel,entering the smallest of cracks and holes.
They are about 9 inches long, which includes a 3-4 inch tail, weighing about 3 ounces as an adult.
The have a dense soft brown fur, white belly.

The flying squirrels don't really fly, but glide into attics from trees. They do this by means of a thin skin that extends out from the sides of the body and connects the front and hind legs as shown in the above picture. In "flying," the squirrels leap spread-eagled and use their outstretched gliding membranes for gliding and their bushy tails for guidance. Glides of 60 metres (almost 200 feet) or more have been recorded.

Flying Squirrels can enter the attics through the eaves and soffits thru small cracks. These squirrels may easily enter the space between the roof top and facia board , chewing the area for a wider entry point.

These squirrels chew on ornamental and potted plants. Damages screens.
They may gnaw on wood, electrical wiring and insulation causing fires.

Fly squirrels are nocturnal with their major activity at night. They are known to make plenty of noise during the night. Can by commonly heard,making a great deal of noise at night between sunset and sunrise.
May be heard landing on the roof or the sides of the house.

More Features:

  • Normally have 2 litters a year, 2-4 young per litter.
  • Will seek shelter and a hiding place,likes to hide in the insulation.
  • Diet: Seeds,nuts, insects,bird eggs,fruits
  • When trapping for these squirrels: place the traps in the attic, where they are commonly found.

GRAY SQUIRRELS:


©Photo courtesy of: Grolier Encylopedia

GRAY SQUIRREL FEATURES:

  • Gray squirrels are about 18 inches long, including their 9 inch tails..
    larger than the flying squirrels.
    They weigh about 1-1.5 lbs. as an adult.
    Their coloration is usually gray, salt and pepper,
    but can have tan hairs in the fur as well, white belley.


  • The winter coat is grey above with a white underside;
    the summer coat is shorter, sleeker and brownish grey above.
    Red squirrels have red/brown upper parts in summer
    but may show some grey on the back in winter,
    leading to some confusion.
    Reds are smaller, lighter, have ear tufts,
    prominent in the winter coat and brown on the legs and tail.
  • Natural habitats are wooded areas in tree cavities,
    can be found near hardwoods like oaks and hickory trees.
    Will construct feeding shelters out of leafs.


  • Generally have 2 litters a year,2-4 young per litter.
    They normally breed in midwinter and late spring. Gestation is about 44 days.


  • Diet consists of bird eggs, insects, berries, fruit,
    vegetables, nuts and nestling birds.
    They like to hoard their food.


  • Gray squirrels are active during the day,
    expecting to hear them during the daytime.


  • Can inhabit the attic areas as well as crawl spaces.
    They like to enter the attic areas from your gutters
    and nearby trees and bushes.
    Installing gutter guards, or down spouts with screen may
    prevent them from climbing up to the roof through a down spout.