Douglas squirrels, sometimes known as the chickaree or pine squirrel, are destructive animals in the Seattle area. 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.
Adult Douglas squirrels grow to be about 33 cm long and can weigh up to 300 grams. Appearance 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 more brown with a grayer underbelly and chest. Similar to other squirrels, Douglas squirrels have a white ring around the eye.
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 will reside in 1 territory together. Douglas squirrels will sleep in ball-shaped nests in trees, during the winter the squirrels will nest in holes within trees.
Are squirrels known to enter homes or yards?
Douglas squirrels are frequently found in yards and parks. When the opportunity arises, Douglas squirrels will enter homes by branches that overhang eaves. Entry may be made while seeking a warm nesting area or a food source.
Do squirrels harm people or property?
Douglas squirrels do have the ability to create significant structural damages to homes. Chewing wires, pulling insulation, and creating holes in siding can be dangerous and unsightly damages. Squirrel nests in the attic or walls can create terrible odors and difficult stains that will require professional attention.
Control and Safety
Keeping Douglas squirrels off personal 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 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.
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