Squirrels can be a problem for any homeowner. They can wriggle their way into your home through the chimney, holes in siding or foundations and other weak areas in the perimeter of your home. During the cold winter months, squirrels may try to seek shelter in your home.

Albert squirrels grow tufts of hair on their ears during the winter.

What do they look like?

Most squirrels have rounded ears, slender bodies, and big, bushy tails. Common colors include brown, gray and reddish brown, but there are some with the genetic mutation of albinism which causes their fur to be completely white! There are over 200 species of squirrels in the world, so colors and hues vary. The Abert squirrel (found in the western region of the US) has fur that creates tassels on their ears which makes their ears look pointed, but during the summer months, they have the typical rounded ears of other varieties of squirrels.

Squirrels eat nuts, fruit, vegetables and more.

What do they eat?

Squirrels are rodents which means their front teeth never stop growing. They have to continually gnaw on things to keep their teeth filed down and are known to nibble on tree bark, twigs, and branches. Squirrels particularly love hickory and oak trees. Other things they eat are fruits, vegetables, birdseed, and nuts. These animals also love flower bulbs, and they will root around on the ground looking for them. These rodents will dig holes looking for these food items, but they also dig holes for other reasons.

Squirrels often dig holes in the ground to bury their food.

Why do they dig so much?

As mentioned above, squirrels dig in the ground to look for food such as roots and flower bulbs. They also store their food in some of the holes they dig, but other holes they dig are to trick other animals. Sometimes, they will dig a hole and not put any food inside to keep their real food stores safe from other animals.

Squirrels are attracted to bird feeders because of the easy food they offer.

How do I keep squirrels out of my home and out of my yard?

Although these mammals can be entertaining to watch, most homeowners don’t want them in the yard tearing up their grass and eating from their gardens. Here are a few tips to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of your home and yard.

Seal holes: Inspect your home for holes along the foundation and damaged shingles or siding. Squirrels can wriggle their way into your home through these openings and make nests inside.

Keep branches cut back from your home: These rodents will use overhanging tendrils and branches as a way to get onto your roof to access possible entry points.

Defend your garden: If you’ve had a problem with these animals eating your produce, it might be a good idea to build a fence around your garden. Use a wire mesh with no more than a ½ inch square mesh so they are unable to squeeze through. It may also help to build a top to go over your garden so they can’t climb over the fence.

If you are having trouble with squirrels on your property and can’t seem to shake them, it may be time to contact a professional. Gregory specializes in effective and humane removal and prevention of squirrels from your home, business, or property.

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