Squirrel Removal

squirrelTree Squirrels

  • Grey squirrel: Sciurus carolinensis
  • Red squirrel: Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
  • Fox squirrel: Sciurus niger
  • Northern flying squirrel: Glaucomys sabrinus
  • Southern flying squirrel: Glaucomys volans

Size

  • Grey: 18-20 inches long, tail half that length, 1-1½ pounds.
  • Red: 12 inches long, same with tail, about 5½ ounces.
  • Fox: 21 inches long, includes 9½ inch tail, nearly 2 pounds.
  • Northern flying: 10-11 inches, including 4½ inch tail, 3-4 ounces.
  • Southern flying: 9-10 inches, including 3½ inch tail, 1½-2½ ounces.

Signs of Their Presence

Don't be surprised if you see black or white squirrels. They're really gray squirrels with a color variation. Keep an eye out for all types of squirrels.

Sounds: Red squirrels are the loudest, with their sometimes birdlike, sometimes scolding, but seemingly endless chatter. Gray and fox squirrels also chatter, and during the mating season, they'll make a chucking bark as they chase each other. You may hear chewing, pattering, scampering, and scratching sounds in the attic, eaves, and walls from early morning throughout the day-unless the resident are flying squirrels, which are nocturnal.

Scat: Oval, smooth, and roughly ¼ inch long, the scat of flying squirrels is often found in distinctive piles.

Nest: Gray, fox, and flying squirrels make leaf nests, usually placed in a tree crotch, that are used summer and fall.

Evidence of their feeding: Mipped twigs of spruce, hemlock, and pine trees; piles of gnawed nuts (acorns) between attic joist or in wall voids.

Building damage: Holes in vents, eaves, soffits, and fascia boards. Claw marks on siding. Tunnels in insulation. Chewed wires.

Breeding dates:

  • Gray and fox squirrels: Mid December through January.
  • Red and northern flying squirrels: Late winter.
  • Southern flying squirrels: Early spring.
  • Gestation takes 40-45 days.

Litter size:

  • Gray squirrel: 2-4 young
  • Fox squirrel: 2-4 young
  • Red squirrel: 3-6 young
  • Flying squirrel: 2-7 young

Removal method: Live trapping.