Gray Squirrel Problems this Winter in Mount Olive, NJ? How to Get Rid of Gray Squirrels
Squirrels are curious creatures and have quickly figured out that where there are humans there is most likely food. They are wild animals and should be treated that way. By nature, squirrels are not aggressive but will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Don’t ever corner one and try to grab it. You may get bitten! The Gray squirrel is a tree squirrel that has predominantly gray fur but can also be reddish in color. The underside of the gray squirrel is white and they have a large bushy tail. The head and body length can be 9 to 12 inches with a tail from 7 to 10 inches. Adult gray squirrels weigh between 1 and 1.5 pounds.
What Problem Does the Gray Squirrel Cause
The gray squirrel will den in walls, attics, barns, sheds and chimneys and can become very bothersome with the noise and odors they create. They almost always make their way into homes along branches and power lines that hang close to our homes and will even climb siding. If they’re on the roof, they may fall into the chimney and furnace flues which can bring them right into the basement or the interior of the house. The nests they create can block vents and cause a fire hazard. They will chew and scratch wires which is another fire hazard and can cause damage to attic vents, screens, eaves, siding, insulation, household items and bird feeders.
Where Do Squirrels Sleep & Survive in the Winter
You will see squirrels outside during the winter as long as the temperatures don’t get too cold like below freezing and as long as it isn’t raining or snowing. Gray squirrels do not hibernate and they will rely on their fat reserves and food they’ve stored to survive long and cold winters. They will bury food in lots of hiding places or “caches” and have a highly-developed spatial memory with an acute sense of smell. This makes it possible for them to find these stores of food weeks or even months later.
How Do You Keep Squirrels Off Your Roof & Away from Your Home
To prevent any issues with squirrels you can cap chimneys and use mesh to cover vents and remove any sources of food. Exclude them by preventing any access they have into your home. Trim branches that are close to the roof, stack firewood away from your house and repair cracks in the foundation of your home. Make sure the branches are trimmed 6-8 inches away from your home. Repellents like moth ball have been effective in temporarily discouraging gray squirrels from entering your home. There are taste repellents that can be applied to seeds bulbs and flowers, trees and bushes, poles and fences and along the siding of your home. You can also apply sticky material to siding and downspouts to discourage squirrels from climbing. You can get humane traps to trap any squirrels that have made a home in your attic or basement.
Squirrel Prevention and Control
Gray squirrels may be fluffy and cute but they can create big problems. If you’ve taken steps to deter them and they’ve still taken up residence in your home, contact a professional wildlife removal company like Merlin’s Pest Control to take care of them.