Eastern Gray Squirrel Removal Services
The United States is home to over a dozen tree squirrel species, 23 species of ground squirrels, and 2 types of flying squirrels. All types of squirrels are prevalent across the country and are even classified as game animals in some states. For the most part, however, squirrels are unprotected by law and considered widely to be little more than nuisances. For Eastern Gray squirrel assistance in King County or Pierce County in Seattle, call Critter Control today and learn more about squirrels below!
- Tree squirrels normally grow up to about one foot long. Their coarse and grizzled coats are often different shades of gray, brown, or black. Tree squirrels usually have light-colored underbellies.
- Ground squirrels usually have shorter tails and fur than tree squirrels do, and are generally smaller in size. The fur of ground squirrels is usually red-gray or smoky brown, with patterns of black spots or stripes.
- Flying squirrels are the smallest of the three types of squirrels. They have webbed skin between their front and back limbs, used for gliding. Flying squirrels' fur is usually light brown or gray and their big eyes help them see better at nighttime.
Many tree squirrel species favor hardwood or coniferous forests where ground cover is sufficient, and their nests are typically constructed from leaves and twigs. Ground squirrels do well in open grasslands where they can easily dig deep, extensive burrows with numerous entrances and exits. Flying squirrels make their homes in the crevices of hollow trees or abandoned bird nests. These small, nocturnal creatures prefer to live in wooded areas where they can glide from treetop to treetop without having to land on the ground.
Are squirrels known to enter homes or yards?
It's not uncommon to see squirrels in public spaces like parks and also backyards. Because they will eat anything, squirrels get into human food and trash whenever it's available. Flying squirrels and tree squirrels can easily get into attics to nest, and ground squirrels will dig and burrow in yards and fields while looking for food.
Do squirrels harm people or property?
Squirrels are opportunistic creatures and will eat nearly any food source, regardless of where it's located. They dig for nuts and bugs in yards and fields, causing costly damage. Ground squirrels that burrow near manmade dams and areas will weaken the integrity and lead to collapses. Flying squirrels and tree squirrels damage Seattle homes by chewing or ripping insulation and wires in attics. They are also notorious for causing power outages when scampering across power lines.
Control and Safety
Keeping ground squirrels off personal property is challenging since the rodents can simply burrow underneath or climb over most fences, though electrified fencing can be effective. Both flying squirrels and tree squirrels can be discouraged from getting into attics by sealing all potential external entrances and keeping tree limbs trimmed that hang over roofs.
Trapping and Removal
If serious squirrel problems arise, contact Critter Control of Seattle's wildlife experts to handle the furry little rodents. Our squirrel specialists have the necessary training and equipment to trap and relocate squirrels from Seattle properties effectively—and fast. We only employ humane methods of squirrel eradication and our process is safe for all humans and animals involved.
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