Douglas Squirrel Removal Services
The Douglas squirrel, also referred to as the pine squirrel or chickaree squirrel, is a destructive tree squirrel found in Seattle. Douglas squirrel mating can begin as early as February, and after just a 4-week gestation period and 8 short weeks of life, the young are weaned and independent.
Douglas Squirrel Appearance
Fully grown adult Douglas squirrels grow to be about 33 cm long and can weigh up to 300 grams. Specific details of their appearance, such as fur color, may vary according to the season.
During warmer summer months, Douglas squirrels are grayish, with an almost green-brown on their backs, with a pale orange chest and belly and brown feet and legs. In the winter, their coat is browner with a grayer underbelly and chest. Similar to other squirrels, Douglas squirrels have a white ring around the eye.
Habitat—Where Do Douglas Squirrels Live?
Douglas squirrels are found in forested areas with coniferous trees (like pines) throughout the Pacific Northwest. Douglas squirrels also eat the seeds of such trees. Douglas squirrels are territorial about the areas in which they reside.
In the winter, a single squirrel will occupy a territory of about 10,000 square meters. During the breeding season, a mated pair of Douglas squirrels will reside in one territory together. Douglas squirrels will sleep in ball-shaped nests in trees; during the winter, the squirrels will nest in holes within trees.
Yes, Douglas squirrels are frequently found in yards and parks–and homes, when they can. When the opportunity arises, Douglas squirrels will enter Seattle homes by way of overhanging branches that allow them access to eaves. They get into homes in search of a warm nesting place to raise their young, or a promising food source.
Douglas Squirrel Damage
Do squirrels harm people or property?
Douglas squirrels in Seattle do have the ability to create significant structural damages to homes, like all other squirrels. Chewing wires, pulling insulation, and creating holes in siding can be dangerous and unsightly damages to your Seattle area home and property. Squirrel nests in the attic or walls can create terrible odors and difficult stains that will require professional attention.
Douglas Squirrel Control and Safety
Keeping Douglas squirrels off your Critter Control of Seattle property is difficult since the rodents can simply burrow underneath or climb over most fences, though electrified fencing can be effective. Douglas squirrels can be discouraged from entering attics by sealing all possible external entrances and pruning tree limbs that hang over roofs.
Trapping and Removal
If a serious Douglas squirrel problem arises, contact Critter Control of Seattle to handle the furry little rodents. Our professional squirrel removal technicians have the training and tools necessary to trap and remove squirrels from private properties. We only employ humane methods of eradication and our process is safe for all humans and animals involved.
We can help you get rid of Douglas squirrel problems. Call Critter Control of Seattle today!Request a Quote