Tree Squirrels

Gray Squirrels

The gray squirrel is a tree squirrel native to Eastern North America. The gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur but can also have a brownish color. The underside is white and has a large bushy tail. Also found in urban areas are black and white colored gray squirrels.

The gray squirrel hoards its food in numerous small caches for later recovery. They use smell to recover these cashes as well as other squirrels’ caches.

Male and female gray squirrels may share a nest during breeding season and during cold winter spells.

Gray squirrels are commonly found in attics and garages as they are good nesting places as they stay warm through the winter months.

Gray squirrels are considered crepuscular, which means they do not hibernate and are most active during the early and late hours of the day.

Gray squirrels can breed one to two times a year. The breeding season are December to February and May to June. The gestation period of a gray squirrel is 44 days and a typical litter born is 1-4 young. Weaning usually happens around 10 weeks and by 12 weeks the young leave the nest.

A gray squirrel diet usually consists of tree bark, tree buds, berries, seeds, acorns, walnuts and other assorted nuts. Gray squirrels also find fruits and veggies like tomatoes, strawberries, corn and other garden crops tasty too. They also gnaw on bones, antlers and home structures like interior and exterior walls, timbers, and cables.

The gray squirrel is the most common of the tree squirrels in North America.

All tree squirrels are a nuisance for homeowners because they cause damage by inhabiting our homes, mostly in attic and garage spaces. When tree squirrels do this, they cause damage by chewing on exterior and interior walls, cables, and timbers.

Typically, homeowners realize they have a squirrel problem because squirrels make a lot of noise where they inhabit. During the chilly months, tree squirrels will seek warmth in places like our home attics and garages.

Red Squirrels

The red squirrel is a tree squirrel widely distributed throughout North America. The red squirrel is small, but mighty by displaying territorial behavior defending their year-round exclusive home. They have reddish fur with a white underbelly and somewhat larger than chipmunks.

The red squirrel is considered a granivore as their primary diet is seeds and nuts.

Red squirrels can breed one to two times a year. Red squirrels are spontaneous breeders. Their gestation period is 31-35 days. A typical litter for a red squirrel is one to five young. After 42 days, the young emerge, but still nurse up to 70 days.

Red squirrels are very destructive and wreak havoc on homes. They are great at chewing, ripping, and tearing everything up in its path such as roofing, spouting and electric as well as interior and exterior walls. For being small, they tend to make a lot of noise when building their nest. Red squirrels are mostly active during the morning and late afternoon hours.

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels are the less destructive of the tree squirrels. The problem with flying squirrels is that when they set up their homes, they can accommodate up to 30 squirrels at a time causing them to make quite the ruckus in your home.

Flying squirrels do not fly, but they glide from tree to tree giving the illusion that they are flying. They have a membrane of skin on each side of their body that helps them glide.

Flying squirrels are omnivores, eating seeds, buds, insects, spiders, fungi, and bird eggs.

Breeding season for this type of squirrel occurs February-March with a 40-day gestation period. Their young are born pink and hairless, but by 5 weeks old, they are getting their first gliding lessons from their mother. Usually by 10 weeks old, the young are moving out of the nest.

Flying squirrels have a life expectancy of 6 years in the wild. Flying squirrels are also nocturnal, meaning they only venture out in the nighttime hours.

Even though they are cute, flying squirrels can often cause serious damage to exterior trim and siding trying to break into homes to build their nest. Once inside, they will chew on interior walls and electrical wires causing even more damage.

There are a couple ways to control your squirrel problem.

Live Traps

Live traps, also known as cage traps, are meant to catch animals in a cage without euthanizing them. Live traps are typically baited with something that the animal likes to lure them in. Live traps require checking them every day and then relocating the squirrels at least ten miles away.

Lethal Traps

Lethal traps are just what the name implies. The purpose of a lethal trap is to euthanize the unwanted pest effectively and efficiently.

What we recommend for a truly effective lethal trap for squirrel control is the Little Killer Squirrel Trap.

click here to see how to set trap.

Introducing the “Little Killer” Squirrel Trap.

Little Killer Squirrel Trap. As effective as the Kania. This is a choker style trap that is made mostly of wood. Very effective on smaller squirrels but also works of all squirrels. Can be set on vertical and horizontal surfaces. No tools required to set. Just put the bait in the bait depression located in the front of the trap and set. Scott’s tip: When setting on vertical surfaces you will need to use a paste type bait I just use a butter knife and put some squirrel butter in the bait depression.

What Happy Trappers are Saying About The “Little Killer Squirrel Trap”

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now have 7 fewer squirrels, so I’m getting another!
-D. Dacey

Very easy to set and great results!

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Thank you so much, these traps are amazing. My neighbor and I both bought one after trying every other option to deter the squirrels from our properties. We have suffered much damage from chewing squirrels this year including many plastic items, to patio roof framing, a plastic gas can, a camper roof, and even a bumper of a Lexus. Well, after having these traps 10 days now we killed more than 1 a day. The only problem is, they have even chewed the trap, so I might have to order another one. Great product and will happily recommend this to anybody with a squirrel problem.
-D. Shingler

This has been a wonderful product and it will be the first time using the butter…. A Hess

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Great product for the money!

-R. McGhee

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