Squirrel eviction and exclusion will vary depending on the number of squirrels, the number of potential entry points, the size of the home and the ease of access to squirrel nesting areas. Baby squirrels to young to walk will have to be removed by hand and that can mean removing soffit material or drywall.
Squirrels breed once or twice a year and give birth to a varying number of young after three to six weeks, depending on species. The young are born naked, toothless, and blind. In most species of squirrel, only the female looks after the young, which are weaned at around six to ten weeks of age and become sexually mature at the end of their first year. In general, ground-dwelling species are social animals, often living in well-developed colonies, but the tree-dwelling species are more solitary. Gray squirrels mate over an extended period ranging from December through June. Young are born after approximate 44-day gestation period. Juveniles emerge from nests between March and mid-August. Litter sizes range from one to six kits which remain in the nest for a longer period than other squirrels. The kits are relatively slow in development, and will not leave the nest for six months or more.
Squirrels are most likely to enter a structure through the roof, attic, eaves, and soffits and can cause significant damage while doing so. By the time you have discovered a squirrel problem in your home or business, it is entirely likely that the squirrels have created multiple access points. They often chew on fascia boards and cedar shingles to create entry points into your attic and like to gnaw on electrical wiring as well, which causes a serious fire hazard. Because squirrels are rodents with teeth that continue to grow throughout their entire lives, chewing serves to file down their teeth.
Once a squirrel, or family of squirrels, has gained access to your home, the impact to your everyday life can be both stressful and costly. Squirrel families mat down insulation, creating energy and financial loss, and their urine and feces cause an extremely unpleasant odor. Once inside, they will continue to chew on wood support beams and other structural supports, causing damage to the building.
Trapping squirrel can be difficult when young, adults can be easier if not harassed. At any given time their can be 1 to 8 squirrels causing problems. Aside from seeing squirrels climbing on a roof hearing noises in a soffit or attic can be heard early morning and early evening just when the sun goes down. Two times out of the year will bring young and depending on the age trapping them can be a challenge. Price and removal of young squirrels can change and can require some work to get the right trap to the location needed. I have a variety of traps and equipment to use to get the job done quickly but I can not force animals into a trap.
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