Squirrel Infestations — March 17, 2008
The weather has improved slightly since our last update. We're no longer covered in snow and we are finally getting some work done. Calls for gray squirrels have really picked up in the last month as most females are carrying young and looking for a safe place to give birth. We have been busy removing squirrels from attics, soffits and chimneys on a daily basis. Calls for skunks have started to subside as their breeding season is winding down. We also removed two female raccoons from chimneys last week. As of this writing we have not yet come across any juvenile squirrels or raccoons.
In the next 60 days both squirrels and raccoons will give birth to their young. Houses that had one squirrel in their attic will soon have 5-7 of them. Chimneys that now have one slow and grumpy female raccoon will soon have 6 new juveniles chattering away. Spring is a busy time of year for animals as well as wildlife removal technicians. I'm looking forward to removing raccoons as they are by far my favorite animal to deal with.
Here are a few pictures from squirrel removal projects that we've completed in the last month.
Chelmsford Squirrel Infestation
We recently finished remove over a dozen squirrels from a large apartment complex. While performing the work on the buildings we had squirrels running all around us trying to figure out how to get back inside.
Squirrel in a Fireplace
This squirrel fell into an open chimney and ended up stuck inside a fireplace. In this situation a squirrel is trapped because the inside of the chimney liner is a smooth pipe and the squirrel has nothing to grab to climb out.
This squirrel was rather photogenic. He sat in the neighbor's tree and seemed to pose for me as I pulled up to the customer's house. Little did he knows that he was about to be evicted (gently of course).
The pictures below are from a large scale squirrel infestation at a condominium in Boston. The attic of this building was strewn with squirrel feces. The squirrels in this attic also built one of the biggest nests I have ever seen. It was about 24 inches high and shaped like a beaver hut.
Franklin Squirrel Removal
This next job had a very common problem - squirrels entering the corner of the house. The corner of the house is always the first area to start to rot. A squirrel will find this weak area and keep gnawing at it until the hole is large enough for it to fit through. I also found a squirrel carcass in the attic of the house.
Be sure to check back in April to see another BatGuys Wildlife Update!
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