Tree Squirrel

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Pest squirrels are divided into three groups for classification: tree squirrels ground squirrels flying squirrels Species that fall into all three groupings have the capacity to cause destruction on lawns and in homes. Some of the more common species that regularly come into contact with humans and manmade structures include fox squirrels, eastern gray squirrels, and red squirrels.
Squirrels in the attic? Squirrels in your crawl space or eaves? Those scurrying sounds in the attic may well be Gray, Fox, Flying or Pine squirrels – which love to invade attics, and occasionally walls of structures. Call today for removal solutions to rid your home of squirrel problems!

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Biology & Behavior

Tree squirrels belong to the rodent family and Utah has the Albert squirrel, the Pine squirrel and the Eastern Fox squirrel. The Pine squirrel is also known as the Red squirrel or Chickaree. Tree squirrels are seldom found far from forested or wooded areas. ​Tree squirrels feed on a variety of materials including fruits, bark, leaves, fungi, insects, bird eggs, nuts and occasionally other small animals. Tree squirrel diets vary by species and are determined by their habitat and season of the year. They do not hibernate but tend to store great quantities of food during the winter months.

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Damage

Tree squirrels are a nuisance and cause damage when they use buildings for nesting sites and food storage or gnaw into attics to take up residence. They often gain access through vents, broken windows, knot holes, and construction gaps under eaves and gables. Occasionally, the chimney and fire place provide an entry route. ​Some have a remarkable ability to destroy wooden shakes and shingles. The amount of structural damage may at times be severe. They can be especially destructive to cabins that are vacant during part of the year, since they are free to continue the activities until the owners return. Garages, barns, stables, tool sheds, and other buildings often serve as home for tree squirrels. ​Rarely do Tree squirrels take up residence in a building without being seen or leaving evidence. The typical evidence of Tree squirrels includes droppings, gnawed holes, nest materials, food stores, shells, hulls, pits, and other food remnants. If squirrels are in the attic or garage even if not visible, their movement can be heard. ​

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