There can be 30 or more squirrels per square kilometre in urban areas with mature trees. They are more adaptable than you might tend to think. They can fit through a hole the size of a baseball (black/grey squirrels) or even one as tiny as a golf ball (red squirrels), but a smaller holes can easily be chewed open to allow them entry into a building.
Squirrels, a type of rodent, are constantly looking for food and produce many offspring, – generally two litters per year during spring and late summer, with an average of 5-6 per litter. This activity can result in significant damage to buildings and major headaches for business and home owners alike. Squirrels will build nests in attics, chimneys, vents, roofs and walls. They will use a wide variety of nesting material including insulation, vapour barrier, wood, drywall and paper. These rodents will chew through virtually anything - structural wood, plastic or wood siding, electrical wires, insulation, shingles and vents are common target items. Squirrels are often the cause of power outages. They can readily climb trees and power poles and crawl across power lines. If they happen to touch a high voltage conductor and a grounded conductor at the same time, they are then electrocuted and may cause a short circuit that can shut down equipment on the local power grid.
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Hands-on Humane Removal and Exclusion with wire mesh screening are the methods which are the most effective, successful methods of squirrel removal and control. Our professional staff have the necessary knowledge and experience to resolve your problem very quickly. We provide complete roof and siding repairs and can install or repair deterrents like chimney caps and vent covers which provide good squirrel pest control prevention.
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Squirrels are one of the many small / medium-sized rodents in the family Sciuridae.
In the English-speaking world, "squirrel" commonly refers to members of this family's genera Sciurus and Tamiasciurus, which are tree squirrels with large bushy tails, indigenous to Asia, the Americas and Europe. Similar genera are found in Africa. The Sciuridae family also include flying squirrels, as well as ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks.
The word squirrel, first used in 1327, comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus which was itself borrowed from Greek. The native Old English word, acweorna, only survived into Middle English (as aquerna) before being replaced by the more modern word. The word meaning is deried from a Greek word, which means shadow-tailed, because squirrels use their tail to shade their whole body much like an umbrella.
Urban squirrels have learned to get a great deal of food from willing and over-generous humans.
The more common foods squirrels obtain from humans are peanuts, bird food (seeds & nuts) and dry pets foods such as those many times left outdoors for rabbits and / or cats.
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