Gray Squirrels usually live in wooded areas and make their nests in
trees. They usually enter homes in the late fall as the evening
temperatures drop to nest for the winter. Their playful nature and
early rising are what gives them away as homeowners either hear
them scurrying around in the attic or coming and going at dawn.
||gray with white under belly
||small rodent with bushy tail
||Head & Body length 9 to 11 inches, Weight - 14 to 21 oz
Gray Squirrels are hoarders by nature which means they may have
hundreds of food caches in their foraging area. They use landmarks
to note the location of the food supply and use their keen sense of
smell to perform the final location once they get close to the
cache. They will normally have two litters of young per year in the
late summer and early spring. The number of pups per litter will
vary but there are usually between 2-6 pups per litter. They feed
on nuts, seeds, bulbs, insects, fruit and other items.
Gray Squirrels make their nests out of leaves and dry twigs and may
use spanish moss on occasion. They will also enter and nest in the
attics of homes and sometimes in an exterior wall or between floors
using insulation as nesting material.
Gray Squirrels can do considerable damage to exterior trim and
siding as they widen a current hole or make a new hole to enter the
structure. Once in the structure they can and will gnaw on
electrical wiring possibly causing a short and causing a fire. They
can also be carriers of fleas and other unwanted organisms that
will infest the structure after being brought in by the squirrel.
Gray Squirrels are protected game animals in many areas. They can
be prevented from entering the structure by performing exclusion
methods. Exclusion methods entail using metal flashing or metal
mesh to cover any and all possible entry routes while the animal is
out foraging during the day.