Because of their cute and cuddly nature and their adorable fluffy tails, many will often forget when they spot a squirrel that is actually a rodent that can cause considerable property damage while in search of food. While their diet primarily consists of nuts, fruits, seeds, and plant, during the early spring as much of this isn’t yet available this species will consume eggs, eggs, small birds, snakes and even other rodents. Squirrels are obviously clever and will often find ways to get food that other rodents would not usually be able to access, like eating out of bird feeders situated high off the ground or digging up seeds, nuts, and bulbs that were located by their excellent little noses. They’re also curious by nature and will easily explore new areas for food or a suitable den.
Squirrels over time have learned to cohabitate with humans and within many public parks and universities view us as ample resources of food. These rodents can be trained to be hand fed and often are considered a suitable pet within the home if raised from a really young age. They can be taught tricks and are normally as intelligent as most canine breeds. A few college campuses have even began a sport called squirrel fishing; a game where you attach a peanut into a string and a stick and see how far the squirrel could be lifted off the ground before releasing his snack. Others consider squirrels a viable food source throughout the United States; they are however high in cholesterol and have a strong gamey taste.
Squirrels build nests in which to live, and these can often be seen both high in trees and burrowed inside the floor. In squirrel infested areas that border residential houses they will also find attics and basements appropriate living environments; and they will often put to use substances found inside the house to build their nest. Power outages are also sometimes on account of the curious animal wandering across a grounded power line and brushing against a transformer, and twice this species has been demonstrated to topple even the mighty NASDAQ stock market.
Keeping squirrels out of your home can often prove difficult for the average homeowner, particularly if there’s a large population of those nearby. This species can grow to be very territorial during mating period (or after giving birth) and a quiet attic can frequently become the ideal hideout for these creatures. The easiest way to prevent an infestation is to reduce entry in the first place by sealing up any holes or other entryways which would normally go unnoticed. In northern areas it is also important not to overlook the chimney; using their exceptional climbing ability squirrels can descend right down it. If a professional is required, they will install small metal cages to trap the creature within and use favorite treats such as nuts or peanut butter as incentives. Others have had success deploying a blanket rubbed across their pet or deploying animal urine to produce the illusion of a predator inside the crawlspace, but so long as there is access the squirrel will eventually return.