You have probably noticed an influx in squirrel activity recently. This is because we are in the beginning of the breeding season for squirrels. The most common squirrels in Florida are gray squirrels and flying squirrels. They are similar in some ways, including being a nuisance for many homeowners, yet have their differences too.
Eastern Gray Squirrels
Gray squirrels are primarily diurnal (active during the day). They generally mate in the fall and spring and have a litter of 2-6 with a gestation period of 1-2 months. Gray squirrels will often seek shelter in attics as the weather cools.
Southern Flying Squirrels
Flying squirrels are primarily nocturnal (active at night) and are the smallest of the tree squirrels. They usually breed in the fall and have a litter 2-6 with a gestation period of 1-2 months. In the winter, it is common for multiple families of flying squirrels to den together in the same attic space which differs from gray squirrels.
Both gray squirrels and flying squirrels have adapted to living with humans and love to live in attics. People don’t like the noises of squirrels running in the attic, but the real issue is their chewing. Squirrels often chew on electrical wires and water lines in the attic which create a real potential for fire or flooding. Squirrels carry parasites, and thus are vectors for the diseases that fleas, ticks and other insects can transmit.
If you believe you have a squirrel issue, contact Bug Out today to discuss your options. Our Wildlife Specialists will work to make your home safe for you and your family.