Squirrels are most active in the morning and late afternoon, and while squirrels are active year-round, they are truly problematic in the winter. During the fall, squirrels will bury nuts for winter use, but if their current home will not suffice for winter, then your attic and chimney begin to look quite inviting.
Tree squirrels are considered pests because they frequently enter attics in the winter. These squirrels can cause damage to electrical and telephone cables and create the need not only for expensive house repairs but enhanced fire hazards.
Gray squirrels begin matting in late December or early January and mate again from late May to early July. Gestation runs for about 45 days, and most litters are born in February or March, and July or August respectively. One to eight may comprise a litter but two or three are the norm. The young are weaned at just over 7 weeks of age.
Damages from Squirrels
Chewing on TV, Cable, Phone and other Electrical Wires
Holes into the attic or insulation
Nesting in attics
Increased fire hazards due to damaged electrical wires
Common Squirrels in Missouri
Eastern Grey Squirrel (Tree Squirrel)
14-21 inches long
3/4-1 1/2 pounds
19-29 inches long
An average of 1.5 million to 3 million squirrels are taken annually in Missouri.
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