You have probably noticed an influx in squirrel activity recently. This is because we are in the beginning of the breeding season for them. The most common ones 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.
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. They will often seek shelter in attics as the weather cools.
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 to den together in the same attic space which differs from gray ones.
Both gray and flying squirrels have adapted to living with humans and love to live in attics. People don’t like their noises running in the attic, but the real issue is their chewing. They 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.