If you noticed squirrels on your property earlier in the spring, it’s time to be on the lookout again. Squirrels have a gestational period of 38-44 days and have two litters per year—one in the spring and a second one at the very end of summer. The mothers have litters of up to seven pups, with an average of around three to four. The pups will not leave the nest for up to two months and can take several more weeks after that to be fully weaned.
It is during this time that most property damage can occur. Squirrels are rodents and have rootless teeth. Like beavers, this means they have to be constantly gnawing to prevent over-growth. As such, they pose a risk to wood, panelling, drywall and even wiring—which can pose a fire risk. In Ontario, the most common squirrels are the eastern grey and red squirrel. Both species are diurnal and primarily herbivores; but since the pups are stuck in the nest for so long, you might notice rustling at night, as well.
One squirrel can have several different den sites on one single property. Simply removing the adult will not solve the problem, and this one of the reasons you should consider a professional removal service. Raider Wildlife Control can systematically and humanely deal with the entire issue to minimize property damage and reduce health risks.
Squirrel Related Health Risks
Because they are a feature in parks and other daily outdoor spaces, some people do not believe that squirrels pose a risk on their property. However, like any rodent, they do carry diseases. Fully grown adult squirrels can run up to 25 km per hour. They can signal to each other through flicking their tails to alert other squirrels in the area. As with other mammals, mother squirrels are extremely territorial and can become aggressive if they believe their babies might be in danger. We do not advise trying to corner a squirrel at any time, but particularly not during nesting season. The nests themselves can pose another danger—often several feet deep but covered in leaves or twigs, they can cause falls and injuries like sprained ankles. Squirrels can also carry ticks and fleas that can be transferred to humans as well as pets. Ticks can cause life threatening illnesses, such as Lyme disease, which is on the rise due to rising temperatures.
If you notice an increase in squirrel activity on your property or suspect there may be a nest, please contact a professional removal service. At Raider Wildlife Control, we provide fully insured and trained staff to deal with any and all of your pest related issues and concerns. Call us today to request our service.