Are you hearing noises from the attic or the inside of your walls? Squirrels in the attic is a common sign of infestation, but this could also be some rodent like a roof rat. You can count on Total Pest Services for the correct identification and proper squirrel removal. Stay on this page for more information about the most common types of squirrels in Florida and what you can do while waiting for a professional service.
Common Facts About Squirrels
The most common squirrels that you can see in Orlando and Central Florida, in general, include the eastern gray squirrels, fox squirrels, and southern flying squirrels. The urban areas in Florida are a haven for the eastern gray squirrels. They are often active during the day and prefer oak and hickory trees, which make Orlando a perfect place for a squirrel’s habitat.
Why Do Squirrels Infest Homes?
The squirrels use tree nests for most of the year, but during their breeding periods, new mothers tend to seek more protected areas as nests are exposed to predators. Squirrels usually find shelter in attics, sheds, and chimneys.
When Is Squirrel Breeding Season?
The gray squirrels have two breeding periods per year. Young squirrels are born between March and April, with a second litter arriving around July or August. During these months, you are most likely to experience a squirrel infestation.
Do Squirrels Hibernate?
The squirrel species you might have in Central Florida do not hibernate. However, they tend to sleep a lot during the cold days, and you should think of squirrel removal only from March to August.
Are Squirrels Dangerous?
Just like rats and other rodents, squirrels may damage your home. They can also spread disease and inflict injury. Also, mother squirrels are fiercely protective of their babies when they are threatened.
Signs of Squirrel Infestation
If you are not sure that you are in need of professional squirrel removal services, you may check for the following squirrel activities that indicate a possible infestation:
- sounds in your attic and walls
- shredded attic insulation
- wiring chewed on
- exposed wood
- droppings and urine
It is legal to kill gray squirrels, and many people decide to handle squirrel infestation on their own, shooting off squirrels or using squirrel traps. However, it is illegal to cause “unnecessary suffering” to an animal, which includes squirrels caught in traps.
We, at Total Pest Services, will determine the best solution to your issue and plan the humane squirrel removal from your property. All you need to do is get in touch with us today!