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Squirrels

Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Squirrels are first attested in the Eocene, about forty million years ago, and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormice among living species.

Identification

  • English( scientific ) Name : - Sciuridae
  • Color : White to gray, yellow, red & brown with a pale, dark belly.
  • Long body covered with short, thick fur & bushy tail.
  • Head & body is 6-15" and tail is 4-14"

Behavior

  • They are most active in the morning & late afternoon often burying nuts for winter use.
  • They feed mostly on hickory nuts & acorns, but also eat the fruit of tulip poplar, maple tree seeds, corn bordering woods, berries, bird eggs & fungi.

Life Cycle

  • Squirrels have 2 breeding seasons every year:
    - The first litters are normally born in late February & March.
    - The second litter between June & July.
  • The average litter size is around 3 or 4.
  • Their nest is normally built in the fork of a tree at a height of 2-15 metres from the ground. It is common for them to also nest in roof spaces of home.
  • The nest itself is built from twigs & leaves, lined with grass, moss & animal fur, or if built in a roof space, often formed from insulation material.

Control

  • Seal all possible points of entry around the home, including small openings & cracks around doors & windows.
  • Screen vents & openings to chimneys.
  • Keep food in airtight containers & dispose of garbage regularly.

Certification & Achivement
CPMA - ACGP
National pest managements association member international
SPMAO
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