Description: Bushy tail, grayish to yellowish color
Habitat: Forests, city parks and backyards
Diet: Primarily herbivores but does eat insects, eggs and young birds
Activity: Diurnal; two main feeding periods: early morning and late afternoon
Breeding Season: Dec. – Feb. and May - June
Breeding: 1-2 litters per year; 2-3 young per litter
Independence: 2 months
Lifespan: 6 years
Squirrels Raid Birdfeeders
There are special feeders that will are made to deter nuisance species. Do not place birdfeeders on trees, porches or places squirrels can easily climb to. Use birdfeeder poles and install at least 2.5-foot long plastic pipe that is open in the bottom and closed at the top. You can also grease the pole. If squirrels are chewing the bird feeders switch from a plastic feeder to a metal feeder.
Squirrels Digging Up My yard
Squirrels bury food throughout the year to feed on during the winter. They use sense of smell. During the spring, bulbs are a tasty treat. When planting or after planting, place moth balls (if plants are not used for human consumption) or cayenne or chili powder (if plants are going to be used for food). You can also create a basket made out of chicken or rat wire on all sides as well as the top and bottom. The plant will grow through the wire.
Squirrels Chewing Up Bird Boxes
Squirrels will chew the hold of a bird box to make it bigger so they can use it. Place a metal barrier around the hole with nails. Do not use plastic as squirrels can still chew through that.