Squirrels

It is the time of year we get an increased number of phone calls regarding squirrels. Homeowners may be hearing noises in their attic or see a squirrel entering their home or garage thru some type of opening. Often this can be a nuisance to a homeowner.

Wisconsin is home to five different species of squirrels. the Eastern Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, Red Squirrel and two different species of Flying Squirrels.

Fox squirrels and Gray squirrels are very similar and the most common. The fox squirrel is the larger of the two species, measuring 20-22 inches in total length, including 8-10 inches of tail, and weighing 24-32 ounces. Grays are 18-21 inches long and weigh 16-28 ounces. There is no real size or color difference between males and females of either species. Gray squirrels, normally gray in color, have some tawny coloration in summer, a white chin, throat and belly, and bushy tails bordered with white-tipped hairs. In some areas, black (melanistic) gray squirrels are common. Fox squirrels appear more grizzled looking, their fur being rusty brown with a pale yellow to orange belly and tawny-tipped hairs bordering their bushy tails.

Red squirrels are smaller measuring only 11 to 14 inches long, including a 4 to 6 inch tail and weigh 7 to 10 ounces. The red squirrel can be easily identified by its smaller size, prominent ears, white eye ring and reddish coat. Red squirrels tend to be more aggressive than the other species of squirrels.

Flying squirrels are the smallest of squirrels in our area. The northern species measures 10 to 13 inches in length and weighs 4 to 8 ounces. Their coat is slightly redder on the upper body parts and the hairs on its belly are slate colored with white tips. The southern species is only 8 to 10 inches long and weighs 2.5 to 3.5 ounces. Their coat is more drab with a completely white underside. Flying squirrels do not actually fly, they glide from tree to tree. A fold of skin extends from its front legs to its hind legs and when it leaps from tree to tree it extends its limbs allowing it to glide. They are also nocturnal which keeps them unknown to many people.

Squirrels have very good eyesight even in dim light, and a wide field of vision. They also have a good sense of smell and hearing. A good sense of smell comes in pretty handy when you need to find some acorns that you buried. Squirrels begin having babies at one year of age and typically have two litters a year, the first litter in late March or early April and the second in late July or early August. The babies are born without fur and pink. Their ears open at four weeks and their eyes at six weeks.

Despite occasional problems, most people enjoy having a few squirrels around the neighborhood to watch. Occasionally squirrels can be a nuisance around bird feeders or stripping bark from trees or bushes. Squirrels can also cause damage when they enter a building such as a home or business. They can make a mess of insulation and damage siding and other structural components. If they find their way into living spaces they tend to panic and can cause a lot damage.

Werner Pest & Odor Control Services offers removal of squirrels that have entered homes or business by exclusion or live trapping. Each situation is different and needs to be evaluated in order to provide the best situation for the animal and the home owner. Werner Pest & Odor Control will also provide the homeowner an option to repair any damages to the structure that may have been done by the squirrels, preventing further infestation and allowing the homeowner to live pest free.

If you are having a problem with squirrels please feel free to call Werner Pest & Odor Control Services to have one of our technicians help evaluate your situation and provide you with the best solution to your problem.

Wildlife

With spring on its way we begin to see life around us. Squirrels and chipmunks begin finding their way around neighborhoods again. Skunks wake up from hibernation and begin searching for food to replenish them from the long winter. Raccoons and opossums venture out and investigate their surroundings. Woodchucks and rabbits love eating the fresh spring grass. Muskrats find themselves with plenty of water to enjoy and make their homes in. And birds return north, some with their mates and others looking for new mates.

Also with spring and the return of wildlife animals comes baby season. Adults may act goofy looking for mates, others may scurry around beginning to nest, and after giving birth mothers may become protective of their young. At some point you may find yourself with an unexpected visitor in or around your home. Some of these visitors may choose to stick around and raise their young even though they are uninvited. Some may be a pleasant surprise and although uninvited you may just feel okay letting them stick around.

Often times wildlife animals may become a nuisance to homeowners. Situations may arise where children or a family pet may be harmed or put in harms way. Damage to homes, yards, and outbuildings may occur as mothers look for the perfect place to raise their young. Noise from uninvited guests may result in lack of sleep. And there is always the unwelcome smell of a skunk. Some homeowners may feel there is a health risk that they may be exposed to. And to some homeowners the thought of one visitor may be okay but a whole family may be just a bit too much.

Often times we are able to help move those uninvited guests along by live trapping and relocating them. In spring live trapping can be a bit tricky though because you have to be aware of the animal you are trapping, their breeding cycles, gestation periods, and their habits, to prevent trapping a mother who may already have babies. Also mothers who already have babies can become aggressive. Sometimes babies may be old enough to live on their own but this may result in additional trapping to catch the whole family. Some homeowners may choose to wait because a family may move on when the time is right all on their own.

If you find that you have discovered an uninvited guest in or around you home this spring and would like to remove them from your home Werner Pest & Odor Control Services offers live trapping service. We would evaluate your situation and place traps appropriately to catch the animals. Once caught we would relocate them allowing you to live nuisance free.