Squirrels

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Squirrels

Squirrels are very adaptable and can fit through a hole the size of a baseball. Most active at dawn and dusk Grey ones  feed every day, even in winter they do not hibernate as they are unable to conserve enough energy to survive. Their extremely diverse meal staples include beechnuts, acorns, bugs, grapes, bird eggs, birds, grass and amphibians. They sometimes display cannibalistic tendencies feeding on members of their own species.

These rodents might be cute but can be destructive to homes and properties, chewing holes in roofs, vents and fascia, chewing electrical wires and leaving behind nests and waste.

Did You Know?

Squirrels are very adaptable and can fit through a hole the size of a baseball.

What You Need to Know About Squirrels

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Squirrels are generally small rodents with slender bodies, bushy tails and large eyes. Their short fur is usually grey, black or sometimes reddish.

Squirrels in Ontario like to make nests in the forest using leaves and perched on branches close to the trunks of trees or within cavities in tree trunks. They also build nests in attics of homes and buildings particularly during baby season.

  • Breed in February or March and again in June or July
  • Gestation period is approximately 36-40 days
  • 2 litters per year with 1-7 kits per litter
  • Babies are born without vision, teeth or fur patterns
  • The average life span of grey squirrels in the wild is extremely brief generally only between 11 and 12 months. This is due to predators such as coyotes, red foxes, weasels, grey wolves, hawks and bobcats. It may also be due to harsh winter weather or parasitic infections. Kept in captivity however they have lived as long as 20 years.
Little Critters Can Be A Nuisance

Have a problem with Squirrels?

We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.