In Georgia, the birthing season for the Grey Squirrel and Flying Squirrel typically happens twice a year. Generally giving birth in late winter/early spring and late summer/early fall. The late summer litters are commonly born in outdoor nesting sites. Whereas the late winter litters will be born in more protected environments, i.e. your home or business, if possible.
Litters can easily start with 6 or more young though often only 2-4 ultimately survive. When nesting indoors, activity levels can drop significantly during the early weeks of rearing. By 6 weeks of age, juvenile Grey Squirrels and Flying Squirrels are fully active and starting to explore the outside under the close watchful eye of their mother. When nesting occurs indoors, it at this 4-6 weeks of age that activity levels dramatically increase inside a structure. With this increase of activity, the nuisance aspect is the least of the issues to be concerned with.
How much damage can a baby squirrel do?
Adult Grey Squirrels and Flying Squirrels are already bad about chewing on wires causing damage and contaminating insulation. Considering that juvenile Grey Squirrels and Flying Squirrels will stay with their mother for up to 7 months, you can imagine how the devastation to a home or business could mount up quickly.
What should I do?
First, don’t wait to have these issues resolved. The longer you wait the more damage they can do.
Next, you should have the problem handled professionally. There are countless “home remedies” and products that can be purchased. More than likely someone somewhere had success with them. However, generally speaking, people spend as much as 4 times what they should by trying different “solutions” that ultimately fail.
It is much easier and cost-efficient to just hire a Wildlife Removal company from the start.
What is a fair price for removal?
Pricing will vary from house to house depending on the degree of the problem. I always recommend getting 2-3 quotes so you can be confident with the company you choose. All the quote should cost you is the time to have a professional assess your home or business.
Their inspection should be free, comprehensive and clearly explain the issue so you feel fully informed. But I strongly encourage you to hire a professional from the start to resolve a Squirrel or any wildlife infestation.
Think you have a problem but not sure what animal it is? Check out this previous post. If you are in the North Georgia or Metro Atlanta area, contact us to schedule a free inspection.
Written by Brad Peeler