Due to their cute and cuddly nature and their adorable fluffy tails, many will often forget when they spot a squirrel that is in fact a rodent that can cause extensive property damage while in search of food. While their diet primarily consists of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetation, during the early spring when much of this is not yet available this species will eat meats, eggs, small birds, snakes as well as other rodents. Squirrels are naturally 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 located high off the ground or digging up seeds, seeds, and bulbs which were found by their excellent little noses. They’re also inquisitive by nature and will readily explore new areas for a proper den.
Squirrels over time have learned to cohabitate with people and within many public parks and universities see us as ample sources of food. These rodents can be trained to be hand fed and often are considered a suitable pet inside the home if raised from a really young age. A couple of college campuses have even began a game called squirrel fishing; a game in which you attach a peanut into a string and a stick and see just how far the squirrel can be lifted off the ground before releasing his snack. Others believe 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 spotted both high in trees and burrowed inside the floor. In squirrel infested regions 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 construct their nest. Power outages are also occasionally on account of the curious creature wandering across a grounded power line and brushing against a transformer, and twice this species has been proven to topple even the mighty NASDAQ stock market.
Keeping squirrels out of your house can often prove difficult for the average homeowner, especially if there’s a large population of them nearby. This species can grow to be very territorial during mating period (or after giving birth) and a quiet attic can often become the perfect hideout for these animals. The simplest way to avoid an infestation is to prevent 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; with their excellent climbing ability squirrels can descend right down it. If a professional is required, they will install small metal cages to trap the animal within and use favorite treats such as nuts or peanut butter as incentives.