Squirrel (Black, Grey, Red)

 
 
Squirrel is abundant in any kind of forest, coniferous, pine, mixed or hardwood forests, often around buildings throughout much of Canada. The average squirrel weighs 7-12 ounces. Squirrels have been clocked in at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The average squirrel, however, usually scampers about at no more than 12 miles per hour.
 
 
Identification
  Tracks are common between trees and near holes in the ground where they have dug up buried cones. Squirrels place their feet next to each other rather than one in front of the other. In deep snow their tracks are characterized by two diamond shapes next to one another. A clear imprint will reveal five long toes with claws similar to the skeleton of a human hand and may or may not have a heel print. The heel is as long again as the toes and a rough oval shape.

Straddle: 8 - 12 cm (3.2 - 4.8 in)
Stride: 13 - 25 cm (5.2 - 10 in)
Track: Front - 3 cm (1.2 in) x 3 cm (1.2 in)
Track: Rear - 4.5 cm (1.8 in) x 2.5 cm (1 in)

 

Squirrel Damage
The most common problems relate to the squirrel occupying an attic or the walls of a dwelling. Gardeners and commercial growers will also face conflict with squirrels when fall bulbs or crop disappear.

 

 

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Here we have a residential home with a high and difficult access for our technicians but notice the metal access louver door that has been preyed open by squirrels for nesting purposes.

Close ups of the area in concern show the access door opened and the wood chewed away as well as insulation mixed with twigs for the perfect squirrel home.

 
Squirrel Trapping, Removal, and Control
Preventative measures include Exclusion*. Control methods include Live Squirrel Trapping*, Licensed Trapping*, Physical Capture*, Shooting*, Relocation*, and Destruction of the animal.

*For adetailed definition of each control method please see Pest Animal Wildlife Control Services & Solutions »

 


Please note that, in contrast to almost all other Ontario animal control operations, as a licensed furbearer trapping company we are able to employ all of these control methods INCLUDING relocation or permanent removal of captured squirrels.

 


Squirrel Breeding
Although male squirrels are notorious for chasing females all during the mating seasons (which occur between February and March and again between July and August), female squirrels are ready to mate only one day out of each season. Mother squirrels usually deliver two litters a year, with one to three babies each. Infants are born hairless, blind, and only about two inches from nose to tail.

 

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