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Pest Files: Sandy the Squirrel – Part 1


Squirrels are adorable little critters. Few people can withstand the urge to pause and watch their aerial acrobatics as they leap among the tree branches. As cute as these little guys are, however, they become pests if they plague your property in obtuse numbers.

Suspect: Tree Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

Description: Vary in color. Somewhere between white, gray, red, and brown. Pale belly. Furry with bushy tail. Small black eyes, clawed feet and hands.

Varieties: Fox, gray, and pine squirrels.

Fox squirrels:

  • Are alert in the morning, late afternoon.
  • Eat maple tree seeds, corn crop, eggs, fruit, fungi, hickory and acorn nuts.

Gray squirrels:

  • More active on dry days than wet days.
  • Eat mostly nuts.

Pine squirrels:

  • Are active mostly during the day, but are the ones most likely to be active at night as compared to the fox and gray.
  • Eat fungi, berries, and nuts.

Fun fact: Found on every continent except Antarctica.

Offensive behavior: Although cute, squirrels can cause significant damage to property. They can chew electrical and cable wires, damage gardens, and enter attics. If they find their way indoors and expire in your walls, you must remove their remains before an unpleasant odor sets in. They could also transmit disease if they bite you, but this is not common.

Come back Wednesday and Friday for squirrel prevention tips! If you need assistance before then, contact Epcon Lane today.