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Grey Squirrels

Classification: Rodent
Other names: Cat squirrel, migratory squirrelColor: Black, brown and white fur combine to give gray appearance; bushy tail; white belly.
Diet: Seeds, nuts (acorns, hazelnuts, walnuts), tree buds, bark

Predators: Raccoons, cats, dogs, snakes, bobcats, weasels, red foxes, hawks and owls
Hazard to humans: Minimal; don’t usually carry rabies. Can bite through electrical wiring if they get inside home, causing fires.
Interesting fact: Squirrels have very powerful sense of smell and can recover a nut they have buried under a foot of snow!

Gray Squirrels Are Fun to Watch—Unless They’re Headed for Your Attic

Watching gray squirrels chase each other around, leap from tree to tree or perform acrobatics to get into the bird feeder is usually pretty entertaining. But there’s nothing amusing about having these critters inside your home, where they can be very destructive.

Gray squirrels are a familiar sight to most Marylanders, especially those who live close to trees. You can spot them by looking for:

  • Mix of brown, black and white fur that appears gray
  • White or light gray belly
  • Flattened, bushy tail
  • 16 to 20 inches long and weighing up to 1 ½ pounds
  • Melanistic gray squirrels, found in some areas, are completely black.

Living High

Gray squirrels make their nests in holes of a tree or with leaves and twigs in the crook of trees in Baltimore. These nests are usually at least 20 feet off the ground and lined with moss, dried grass and/or feathers. Sometimes a squirrel will take over an abandoned bird house.

Female gray squirrels will have two litters of 2 to 5 babies a year if there is sufficient food in the area. Only 25 percent of young gray squirrels survive their first year. Gray squirrels usually live about three years in the wild, although some have lived 13 years in captivity.

Gray squirrels are active during the day all year round. They survive the winter by building up a layer of fat and by burying stores of nuts and seeds in holes about ¼ inch deep.

These Pests Tend to Be Attic Invaders

Gray squirrels are good climbers (they can even scale brick walls) and will often use overhanging tree branches to reach lattice or vents in attics. Once inside, these pests can chew insulation and wires, and have been known to cause fires.

To keep these cute but pesky creatures out of your home:

  • Use ¼-inch mesh hardware cloth to screen vents and other openings in your attic (they can chew through ordinary window screen)
  • Trim branches so they are at least 6 feet away from house
  • Install a cap on your chimney

If squirrels do get inside your home, call the experts at Brody Brothers Pest Control in Baltimore, MD today at 443-379-8857 to get them out—and keep them out!

Are other wildlife critters visiting your home or business? Check out our Wildlife Pest Control page to see other animals we can safely remove from your property.

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