Squirrels
Squirrels in the attic? Squirrels in your crawl space or eaves? Those scurrying sounds in the attic may well be Gray, Fox, Flying or Pine squirrels - which love to invade attics, and occasionally walls of structures. Call today for removal solutions to rid your home of squirrel problems!

Identify a Squirrel

Description

The Bay Area is home to four species of squirrel:

  • Eastern fox
    • In most areas the eastern fox's upper body is brown-grey to brown-yellow with a typically brownish-orange underside.
  • Western grays
    • Western grays are shy, and will generally run up a tree, then give a hoarse chirping call when disturbed. The dorsal fur is a silver gunmetal gray, with pure white on the underside; there may be black flecks in the tail. Ears are large but without tufts. The ears turn reddish-brown at the back in the winter.
  • Eastern grays
    • The eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has a usual white underside as compared to the typical brownish-orange underside of the fox squirrel. It has a large bushy tail. They also appear completely black in some instances.
  • California ground squirrels
    • The ground squirrel's upper parts are mottled, the fur contains a mixture of gray, light brown and dusky hairs; the underside is lighter, buff or grayish yellow. The fur around the eyes is whitish, while that around the ears is black.

Appearance

Tree squirrels generally grow between 1 and 2 feet long including their large, bushy tails. Their coarse, grizzled coats are often shades of gray, brown, or black, and they have lightly colored underbellies. Ground squirrels have shorter tails, short fur, and are generally smaller. They range in appearance from reddish-gray to smoky brown and may have black spots or stripes. Flying squirrels are the smallest of all three types and have webs of skin between their fore and hind limbs used for gliding. Typically light brown or gray, flying squirrels are primarily nocturnal and have large eyes to help them see at night.

Habitat

Species of tree squirrels prefer to live among hardwood or coniferous forests where ground cover is plentiful. Their nests are usually made of twigs and leaves. Ground squirrels thrive in open grasslands where they dig deep, extensive burrows with multiple exits. Flying squirrels make their homes in the crevices of trees or abandoned bird's nests. The small, nocturnal creatures prefer to live in wooded areas where they can glide from treetop to treetop without having to descend to the ground.

Squirrel Problems

Entry

Are squirrels known to enter homes or yards?
Squirrels are common sights in backyards and public parks. As opportunistic omnivores, they feed off human food and garbage whenever possible. Tree squirrels and flying squirrels have been known to enter unsecured attic spaces to nest, and ground squirrels often burrow into yards or farmers' fields in search of food.

Damage

Do squirrels harm people or property?
Taking advantage of any available food sources, squirrels damage yards and fields by digging for nuts and insects. When ground squirrels burrow near manmade embankments or dams, they weaken the structural integrity and cause collapses. Flying squirrels and tree squirrels damage homes by gnawing or tearing at insulation and electrical wires on roofs and in attics. They can also cause outages when they run across power lines.

Squirrel Control

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. Tree squirrels and flying squirrels can be kept from entering attics by sealing all possible external entrances and pruning tree limbs that hang over roofs.

Trapping and Removal

If serious squirrel problems arise, contact Critter Control wildlife experts to handle the furry little rodents. Our technicians have the training and tools necessary to trap and remove squirrels from private properties. We only employ humane methods of eradication and our process is safe for all humans and animals involved.

We can help you get rid of squirrel problems.  Call today: 925.380.2400 or 925.363.9336.

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