Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), one of the most commonly seen animals in the state of Connecticut. It is a member of the rodent family. Squirrels are highly adaptable to changing environments and are extremely comfortable living in close proximity to human beings. Active during the daylight hours, their diet consists mostly of mast including acorns, hickory nuts, and beechnuts and commonly includes mushrooms, berries, and seeds. Typically living in cavities or leaf nests within hardwood trees, your home looks like a giant, hollow tree to the curious gray. These animals often find themselves tucked into eaves and tight spaces within an attic. Gray squirrels living in your attic not only causes a large mess, they can also be dangerous. Their desire to chew and gnaw can lead to the deterioration of the insulation off electrical wiring. This of course can become a fire hazard.
Red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), nicknamed the “chatterbox,” are also common throughout Connecticut although their numbers pale in comparison to the gray squirrel. Reds are significantly smaller than gray squirrels. Also a daytime active squirrel, the red squirrel’s diet consists of a variety of nuts, wild fruits, and seeds. This animal prefers an environment of mixed hardwood and coniferous trees and is extremely territorial and aggressive. Rarely will a red squirrel tolerate another squirrel’s activities nearby. The red squirrel is not as common of a house dweller as is the gray squirrel but they do take uninvited residence in homes on occasion. Nesting patterns are similar to the gray squirrels and reds will commonly use the insulation in an attic to raise young. The need to remove red squirrels from your home to prevent mess and damage is just as prevalent and important as removing gray squirrels.
Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus & Glaucomys volans) are nocturnal rodents that are common in Connecticut but are not commonly seen. Their diet consists mostly of similar foods to other squirrels and includes nuts & seeds, berries, mushrooms, moths & beetles, small birds, etc. The most sociable of all squirrels, flying squirrels commonly feed and den in colonies. These squirrels are common in attics of homes and typically make residence if access is readily available. A general rule of thumb, if there is one flying squirrel there are many. Flying squirrel damage typically includes the chewing of small entry/exit holes around roof vents, dormers, eaves, gable vents, etc.
The Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is also common throughout the state of Connecticut and is commonly seen by homeowners. These small rodents are easily recognizable and are distinguished by the white-in-black stripe that runs down each side of the body. Active primarily in the early morning and late afternoon hours, chipmunks are comfortable in any location that provides adequate safety and cover, and they are readily adaptable to changing environments. They are omnivorous and their diet may include nuts & seeds, berries, fruits, flowers, mushrooms, insects, worms, snails, frogs, bird eggs and small birds. A territorial rodent, chipmunks prefer to live in burrows underground.
Hearing a pitter-patter in your attic? Strange noises coming from your chimney? Are you seeing small holes that shouldn’t be there on your roof, through facia boards, through soffits or under dormers? Something in your garden eating away at your hard work? Problem Animals & Wildlife Services is happy to help remove and control nuisance gray squirrels, red squirrels, flying squirrels or chipmunks from your home or property. Give PAWS a call at 860-840-3237