Squirrels

Species Identification

Squirrels have been referred to as rats with a bushy tails. The common perception of squirrels is the cute creature that stores and eats nuts.

The Eastern Grey Squirrel is the most common squirrel in B.C. and was imported into Stanley Park in 1909. The naturally occurring species for southern B.C. are the Red Squirrel and Douglas Squirrel, both significantly smaller than the grey squirrel.

Squirrels forage for seeds, nuts, acorns, tree buds, berries, leaves and twigs in both urban and forest environments. In the forest habitats squirrels will den in tree cavities and leaf nests but in an urban setting they can set up in chimneys, attics or small openings in building walls.

 


Risk Management

Squirrels usually nest inside attics. They can chew wiring, they destroy parts of the roof while gaining entry, they are loud and territorial once inside the attic preparing to have babies.

 


Treatment

If you have squirrels in your attic, call a professional immediately. The sooner the better as squirrels can cause a large amount of damage in a short period of time.

The squirrel must be removed and re located via live trap and / or a one way door.

 

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