Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
American Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
Squirrels - General Information
 The Eastern gray squirrel & American red squirrel are commonly found in New England. For identification, biology & habits; they are summarized here for both the gray & red squirrels. These squirrels are given their common names from their fur color of gray & reddish brown with both having an underside of white. They can range from an average head & body length of 6" to 8" for the red squirrel and 8" to 12" for the gray squirrel, both with long bushy tails of 6" to 12".

 Adult squirrels can live for up to 10 years, the females usually have 1 to 2 litters per year; 1 in the spring & 1 in late summer. The gestation period is between 35 to 45 days; the young are weaned in 2 to 3 months and can breed after 6 to 9 months of age.

 The gray & red squirrel are rodents that are active during the day and primarily feed on nuts, seeds, fruit & vegetables, conifer cones & green vegetation. Although they routinely make their nests in trees, they are clever & persistent when it comes to establishing nests in sheltered areas of buildings. They frequently create damage to homes by climbing onto roofs, chewing holes & gaining access inside attics or soffit overhangs. As rodents they will gnaw on various inedible objects and are excellent climbers.

 They are notorious for overcoming obstacles of gaining access at bird feeders and getting into buildings. It is wise to take preventative measures of only having bird feeders kept away from buildings and keeping tree branches away from the house. Once nests are established; they will find other ways to re-enter such as climbing up the side of a building to return to their nest.

Please refer to the ~ Rodents - General Information ~ section.