Squirrels can be huge problem for homes and businesses.
Squirrels are found in almost every tree…or at least it seems like it. In Connecticut, we have three types of squirrels, the gray (seen in the picture to the left and probably just outside your closest window), the red squirrel which can be fairly elusive and finally the flying squirrel…which is always elusive.
Out of the few species we have in Connecticut, the Eastern Gray Squirrels causes the most structural problems.
Starting with the gray squirrel since it seems to be the most common and most problem-causing kind. This species is the largest and can range in color from silver-gray to black to red-ish brown. Weighing in at 1-1.5 pounds and 16-21 inches in length. Gray squirrels prefer the diet of mast, which is hardfruits such as acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, and butternuts. They also feed on berries, mushrooms, maple seeds and corn. Gray squirrels will begin mating in late winter to early spring. The female’s gestation period is 44 days and she will give birth to a litter of two-seven young. Like most young, they are born blind and helpless. They will become self sufficient at around 10 weeks of age. Gray squirrels will have a second litter born usually in July. Gray squirrels will make nests in trees but become a problem when they move indoors to our attics and chimneys.
Control of Nuisance Squirrels takes a multifaceted approach.
There are a few different ways to control nuisance gray squirrels. It depends on the location and situation we encounter that will determine the type of treatment. This could include trapping, baiting, mechanically excluding or a combination of all three. We are licensed for both trapping and baiting. Gray squirrels can cause an immense about of damage when they nest indoors. They will tear up vents to gain access, shred insulation, chew on wires, deposit thousands of fecal droppings, stain ceiling tiles with urine and other excrement and more. Having nesting squirrels is dangerous for they can cause fires with chewing power wires and breathing problems from droppings and urine. Control begins with a thorough inspection. It’s hard to say exactly the methods we would use and cost without an inspection first.
Flying squirrels are real and are in Connecticut.
The single most popular response I hear when telling someone they have a flying squirrel problem is “I didn’t even know we had those in CT”. They are very elusive and can go undetected for sometime. In CT, we actually have two types of flying squirrels, the Southern and the Northern. Both have similar habits with the Southern weighing about 1.8-2.5 ounces and the Northern a bit larger at 2-4.4 ounces. They have soft gray-brown fur on the sides with white under bellies. A flattened tail and big dark eyes for night vision help to ID them from other squirrels. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and prefer high heights. They will stay in trees and attics and live out their lives in the safety of the trees. Flying squirrels for the most part are not as destructive as gray squirrels. They cause damage with their latrines. They can make a large mess and cause thousands of dollars in renovations to attics from the staining and buildup of droppings and urine. Again, there are couple different approaches to controlling flying squirrels and every situation is different. A complete and thorough inspection is the first step to control.
Finally red squirrels, a quick mention here…they are not a problem squirrel and don’t usually come inside. They prefer hardwood forests and personally I have only seen them along hikes and in wooded areas behind account properties, but never inside. These squirrels are reddish-brown in color and weigh in at a little less than a gray squirrel would.