Squirrels

Squirrels
Common NameSquirrel
Latin Name Sciuridae

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Squirrels are generally small animals, ranging in size from the African pygmy squirrel at 7–10 cm (2.8–3.9 in) in length and just 10 g (0.35 oz) in weight, to the Laotian giant flying squirrel at 1.08 m (3 ft 7 in) in length and the Alpine marmot, which weighs from 5 to 8 kg (11 to 18 lb). Squirrels typically have slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes. In general, the fur is soft and silky, though much thicker in some species than others. The coat color of squirrels is highly variable between—and often even within—species.
They are active in the daytime and therefore more readily observed than the nocturnal flying squirrel.

Squirrels are associated with mature trees, where they normally find their food and lodging. Gray squirrels prefer tree cavities for winter dens and raising young, but will construct leaf nests about 12 -16 inches in diameter built-in treetops, to use in spring and summer.

Flying squirrels use only tree cavities, their food is primarily acorns, nuts, berries, fruits, buds and occasionally fungi, bird egg or nestlings.

The squirrel’s most damaging habit is gnawing entrances in attics; once inside they often use insulation or other materials found in the attic for nest building; occasionally, they chew electrical wiring and cause short circuits and sometimes fires.

They find their way in through an open damper in a chimney or travel through the walls to the basement, they can also become trapped in chimneys, and usually, the only problem that flying squirrels cause is the nesting inside the homes.

In order to catch them the trap should be placed as close as possible to the squirrel’s entrance way. You may use peanut butter as a bait, which is the best, when removing squirrels from January through early September remember that young may be in the nest. And if it is the case, put the whole nest in a box and put it outside near the entrance in a safe place, because the mother will take them to a new location.

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