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Eastern Gray Squirrel

gray squirrel on a tree branch outside jupiter home

What do Eastern Gray Squirrels look like?

Eastern gray squirrels, as their name suggests, are gray in color with a lighter colored almost white underbelly. Their long body grows to between 6 and 14 inches in length, not including their tail. Their body is covered in a short thick hair and they have a long bushy tail that they use to balance themselves as they leap from tree to tree, their tail also comes in handy to help keep them warm.

When are Eastern Gray Squirrels most active?

Eastern gray squirrels are most active during the day, when they can be seen happily scampering across lawns, roofs, or jumping from tree to tree.

What attracts Eastern Gray Squirrels?

Eastern gray squirrels are drawn to properties that offer them plenty of access to their basic needs- food, water, and safe shelter. Eastern gray squirrels are omnivores and therefore have a very varied diet, but they especially like to feed on seeds, nuts, and berries. This species of tree squirrel creates their nests inside of old woodpecker holes or inside of natural tree cavities.

Where are you likely to find Eastern Gray Squirrels?

Eastern gray squirrels live several different habitats including wooded areas, urban areas, and suburban areas. As we have greatly expanded our habitat, squirrels have had to expand theirs. In addition to living out in the wild, Eastern gray squirrels are becoming a very common pest inside of homes, commercial facilities, and other buildings. Inside Eastern gray squirrels can be found nesting in attic spaces, basements, behind wall voids, and in crawl spaces.

Are Eastern Gray Squirrels dangerous or destructive?

Eastern gray squirrels are both a dangerous and destructive pest. When living inside of structures these squirrels have the potential to cause extensive damage to walls, insulation, pipes, wires, and personal items; along with contaminating food sources. Eastern gray squirrels are wild animals and if they become cornered or feel threatened while living in your home they may lash out and decide to bite or scratch. Also, they can introduce bacteria into your home and other dangerous pests including fleas, mites, and ticks.

How Do You Get Rid Of Squirrels?

A professional solution is always encouraged when it comes to squirrels in the attic or elsewhere in a home or business. At Nozzle Nolen, we offer comprehensive wildlife control for squirrels and other wildlife problems common to South Florida including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Lake Worth. If you’ve discovered squirrels in your house or facility, please contact Nozzle Nolen to learn more about our squirrel trapping and removal services, removal and sterilization of contaminated insulation, and squirrel damage repair services!

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