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Squirrel Biology: The Eastern Gray Squirrel is a tree-dwelling rodent. Adults typically average 2 pounds. They have two litters of young per year, usually one in August and one in September. They are active year-round. They often build nests in trees. Their diet consists largely of nuts and grains. They are extremely agile, with great balance and leaping ability. Like all rodents, they gnaw to keep their teeth trim. They have a bushy tail, used for communication and balance. Eastern Gray Squirrels are mostly active in the morning and evening.
Nuisance Concerns: Squirrels simply love to live in the attics of homes. To a squirrel, an attic is just a big, open tree, with a warm dry inside. Squirrels will often chew their way in, making large holes in the soffit, fascia boards, vents, or other areas. They also chew once inside, usually on the woodwork and often on the electrical wires. Exposed wires can pose a fire hazard. Squirrels also bring in bedding material. They of course urinate and defecate in the attic, and the droppings cause a potential biohazard. Most customers complain about the scurrying and scratching noises that squirrels create once inside an attic. At times, they will chew right through the ceiling and into the house.