South Shore Squirrel Removal
Do you have squirrels running around in your walls and ceilings? Having squirrels living on your property can be disconcerting. Squirrels are a surprisingly diverse family of rodents that is well adapted to a range of environments. South Shore IPM pest control professionals are experts in figuring out patterns of squirrel behavior and taking appropriate measures on your property to protect the structure and landscaping.
The grey squirrel, also known as Sciurus carolinensis, is famous for its ability to adapt to urban and suburban life. Squirrels that regularly live in trees can become pests when they need to find a warm environment in the winter. Squirrels are not an easy animal for predators such as hawks, coyotes, or domestic cats to catch.
Squirrels in Massachusetts are able to squeeze into holes as small as 2 inches in diameter and are capable of acrobatic leaps between trees. The largest squirrels can weigh between 3-5 pounds and can get up to a meter long. Grey squirrels are medium sized and under 20 inches counting their tail and between 1 and 1.5 pounds.
As true omnivores, squirrels are known to make the best out of any food source. They eat mainly fungi, nuts, fruits, eggs, insects, and on occasion other small animals and have often been called ‘rats with fluffy tails’ due to their fondness for finding shelter within the framing of a house and their ability to spill garbage out of trash cans. They are most active at dawn and dusk. Anyone who has lived with a squirrel in their walls however know the truth is that when burrowed away squirrels are busy tearing up insulation, wiring, and baseboard to make their nest.
Finding Squirrels in Urban Environments
These highly adaptable creatures have been found in urban environments for nearly a century. The experts at South Shore IPM can utilize a variety of tactics such as sealing structural holes, relocation of problem animals and use other proven methods that can prevent squirrels from living in areas such as trees and buildings.