Squirrel Removal NJ
There are 4 different species of squirrels in New Jersey. Gray Squirrels are the most common cause of conflict with humans. Flying Squirrels, Red Squirrels, and Chipmunks (ground squirrels) may also cause conflicts with people. All squirrels are RODENTS. Gray squirrels have at least 2 litters per year. The first in March-April and the second around July-August. Litters can contain anywhere from 1 to 6 young, with 2 to 4 being most common. Flying squirrels, and red squirrels also have 2 litters per year around the same time. Chipmunks only have one litter per year around April, and are so fiercely territorial, that they force their young to move out of their territory after about 6-8 weeks.
In the Wild, gray squirrels will claim as much as one acre of forest for their own. In the suburbs, there may be 10-20 gray squirrels in a 1 acre area, depending on the food supply (e.g. bird feeders), and housing situation (e.g. hollow trees, open sheds, and attics). Getting rid of squirrels in the attic is a common problem.
All squirrels will eat mainly nuts, fruits, berries, and seeds. Gray squirrels have been known to eat baby nesting birds as well. The only other squirrel that is carnivorous is the flying Squirrel, which is rarely seen because it is nocturnal.
Mites, ticks, lice, fleas, roundworms, tapeworms, and protozoa can parasitize gray squirrels. Chiggers, scabies and mange are also some issues. Their droppings and urine can create odor issues and stains to interior and exterior walls. The droppings can pose a biohazard in homes that have had ongoing issues that have been ignored. The greatest health concern is the fire hazard risk caused by the squirrels chewing on electrical wires. When a squirrel creates a nest inside a home or business, there is a chance that these parasites, mold spores, or odors described above could travel throughout the building. The greatest health risk is fire.
All squirrels have to leave the building in order to find food. The most effective method to get rid of squirrels from a building is to cover the holes the use to enter the building with specially designed traps, forcing the squirrel into the trap when it attempts to exit the building. Another problem is that sometimes they will just chew in somewhere else. I believe that the animals causing the problem should always be removed, and then the holes sealed up to prevent others from infesting the structure. We remove them with these cage traps and then seal the entry holes with sheet metal to prevent to prevent new infestations at some point in the future. Just removing the squirrels, and leaving the access holes open is NOT considered to be the complete solution. On older houses, sometimes the repairs can get very extensive.