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San Antonio Squirrel Removal & Control

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Our permanent solutions give you peace of mind, knowing your problem is handled the right way.

Squirrels may be cute, but they can cause a lot of damage to your home. Squirrel removal is needed before they create a big problem or decide to move into your home or business. They are known to easily jump from trees to roofs where they gnaw their way into attics and destroy insulation and drywall in order to make their nests.

Experienced San Antonio Wildlife Control will handle squirrel removal in a humane manner but will secure your building from future intrusions with squirrel exclusion. We are fully licensed, and insured. We have years of experience.. Our permanent solutions give you peace of mind, knowing your problem is handled the right way.


Squirrel Control
Experienced San Antonio Wildlife Control professionals will perform an initial evaluation. We will set traps on site according to squirrel activity and the animals behavior. Every Squirrel control job is different. Our wildlife experts will inspect your home for nesting, damaged electrical wires from squirrel chewing, damage to air conditioning duct work, gnawing on wood surfaces, fecal accumulation, all openings, and will provide you a personalized inspection report detailing all of recommendations. We provide affordable options that get results. All repairs performed by us is backed by a warranty you can count on.

Squirrels in the Attic?
Squirrels in Your Attic? Once a squirrel has gained access into your home or attic, the chewing of electrical wires, insulation damage/contamination and noises will begin. Squirrel repellents and noise makers will not be effective you need squirrel trapping. The only way to permanently solve the squirrel problem, is to remove the squirrels with the natural behavior patterns of coming into your home, attic or chimney. San Antonio Wildlife Management experts know animal behaviors and patterns. Our proven solutions give you peace of mind knowing your squirrels in attic problem is taken care of permanently.

Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrel are the most common squirrel species in the state. They frequent most residential neighborhoods, acrobatically robbing bird feeders, running across roofs, and chewing and gnawing their way into attics. Grey Squirrels give birth twice a year, once in the spring, and again in late summer. Average litter is 3-4 young at a time. Grey Squirrel nests are easily spotted in winter, as leaves turn brown giving away their location. With the ability to jump at incredible heights, run up the side of homes, and adapt well in residential settings, they are causing problems everywhere. Interestingly the greatest tool of a squirrel is its tail, with the use of its tail for shade from the sun, balancing, as a umbrella, and even as a rudder when swimming.

Squirrel Diseases
Disease information for Squirrels is not too much to worry about.  The zoonotic disease came on much like the flu virus, and was dismissed as such until the effects started getting much worse prompting hospital treatment. While disease transmission is rare from squirrels to humans, it is possible in areas that contain fecal or urine accumulation and nesting. According to the Center For Disease Control, between 1976 to 2001 there were 39 human infections of Typhus Fever from Flying Squirrels or nests. In addition to diseases, a concern should also be to ectoparasites which includes fleas, ticks, mites, and even mosquitoes that have bitten a infected animal. A far greater concern than diseases or ectoparasites in squirrels, would be if you have squirrels in your attic, chewing on electrical lines.

Squirrels Chew Electrical Lines
Squirrels are to blame for a estimated 30,000 house fires each year and millions in damages. Squirrels have caused power outages in cities and states nationwide, and with teeth growing 2″-3″ it is understandable why they have to keep them filed down by gnawing. Squirrels will chew on things in a attic, automobile, and even outside power lines. Why? To keep teeth filed down and to see if something is edible. We have created the perfect habitat with plenty of oak trees, shade, shelter, and even bird feeders, that squirrels have the knack of utilizing. Every State has been affected by Squirrel Chewing, causing Electrical outages, even  Airports, Businesses, and hundreds of thousand residents nationwide. Squirrels have surpassed the cyber hackers as the greatest threat to our electrical grid. The only permanent solution is to remove problem squirrels from the area. For Commercial clients, these situations require immediate assistance and urgency. Normal wildlife operators wont have 100 traps to bring out to a commercial squirrel job. We are available when seconds count.

Understanding Squirrel Damage                                                                                                         If you have squirrels, and go in your attic, and make sure everything is out, and quickly go outside and repair the opening. You’re in the clear right? Wrong. Squirrels that have developed the natural behavior pattern of entering your attic, will keep that behavior pattern until the are removed from the area. A squirrel can literally chew a softball size opening in wood in a matter of minutes. If you have previously had squirrels removed, and the squirrels have came back, and re entered your attic, why did that not last? All wildlife communicates by scent markings. If you have ever seen a dog mark a fire hydrant, another dog smells the fire hydrant, that’s what i mean. Body oils that rub off a squirrels fur at the openings it is entering, or fecal and urine accumulation in a attic, nesting, these things are like a calling card to a squirrel. Squirrels will come back if any of these items are left in the area. That is why it is important to use a professional.


More Information On Squirrels: 

Identification
In this chapter tree squirrels are divided into three groups: large tree squirrels, pine squirrels, and flying squirrels. Large tree squirrels include fox (Sciurus niger), eastern gray (Sciurus carolinensis), western gray (Sciurus griseus), and tassel-eared (Sciurus aberti) squirrels.

Fox squirrels measure 18 to 27 inches (46 to 69 cm) from nose to tip of tail. They weigh about 1 3/4 pounds (787 g) to 2 1/4 pounds (1,012 g). Color varies greatly, from all black in Florida to silver gray with a white belly in Maryland. Georgia fox squirrels usually have a black face. Ohio and Michigan fox squirrels are grizzled gray-brown above with an orange underside. Sometimes several color variations occur in a single population.

Eastern gray squirrels are also variable in color. Some have a distinct reddish cast to their gray coat. Black ones are common in some northern parts of their range. Eastern gray squirrels measure 16 to 20 inches (41 to 51 cm). They weigh from 1 1/4 pounds (567 g) to 1 3/4 pounds (794 g).

The western gray squirrel is gray above with sharply distinct white under parts. Size is similar to that of the eastern gray squirrel.

Tassel-eared squirrels are similar in size to gray squirrels and have several color phases. The most common is gray above with a broad reddish band down the back. Black tufted ears are their most distinguishing characteristic (the tufts are larger in winter, about 1 inch [2.5 cm]).

There are two species of pine squirrels: the red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and Douglas pine squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii). Pine squirrels are 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) in total length and weigh 1/3 to 2/3 pounds (151 to 303 g). Red squirrels are red-brown above with white under parts. Douglas squirrels are gray-brown above with yellowish under parts. Both species have small ear tufts and often have a black stripe separating the dark upper color from the light belly.

Two species of flying squirrels occur in North America. The southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) long. The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) averages 2 inches (5 cm) longer. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two; both may be various shades of gray or brown above and lighter below. A sharp line of demarcation separates the darker upper color from the lighter belly. The most distinctive characteristics of flying squirrels are the broad webs of skin connecting the fore and hind legs at the wrists, and the distinctly flattened tail.

Range
Fox squirrels occur in much of the eastern and central United States, as well as in several locations in the West, where they have been introduced.

Eastern gray squirrels have a similar range to that of fox squirrels but do not occur in many western areas of the fox squirrel’s range. They have been introduced in several locations in the West.

Western gray squirrels are confined to west coast states and a small portion of western Nevada.

Pine squirrels occur across northern North America south into the Appalachians and Rockies, and on the west coast.

Red squirrels are often associated with coniferous forests. The Douglas squirrel is restricted to the west coast from southwestern British Columbia south through the Sierras to northern Baja California.

The tassel-eared squirrel is restricted to Ponderosa pine forests in the Southwest, usually at altitudes above 5,000 feet (1,500 m). It occurs in portions of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

The northern flying squirrel occurs across northern North America. Its range extends south into the Appalachians and Rockies. The southern flying squirrel occurs in the central and eastern United States. 

Habitat
Fox squirrels and gray squirrels inhabit the same kinds of forests, both hardwood and coniferous, over much of their range. Gray squirrels are more abundant where a high percentage of land is forested. In areas with 10% forest cover, fox and gray squirrel populations may be equal. Fox squirrels prefer oak-hickory habitat over much of their range, especially in the West. In Georgia and Florida, fox squirrels seem to prefer pine timber. The western gray squirrel prefers mixed hardwoods and conifers and dry open hardwoods. Tassel-eared squirrels are strongly associated with Ponderosa pine. Pine squirrels prefer coniferous forests but also occur in mixed conifer and hardwood forests, or sometimes in hardwood habitats.

Food Habits
Fox and gray squirrels have similar food habits. They will eat a great variety of native foods and adapt quickly to unusual food sources. Typically, they feed on mast (wild tree fruits and nuts) in fall and early winter. Acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, and osage orange fruits are favorite fall foods. Nuts are often cached for later use. In late winter and early spring they prefer tree buds. In summer they eat fruits, berries, and succulent plant materials. Fungi, corn, and cultivated fruits are taken when available. During population peaks, when food is scarce, these squirrels may chew bark from a variety of trees. They will also eat insects and other animal matter.

Pine squirrels are often heavily dependent on coniferous forests for cones and buds but will also eat a variety of other foods common to gray and fox squirrel diets. Douglas squirrels depend largely on Ponderosa pine for food. Flying squirrels’ food habits are generally similar to those of other squirrels. However, they are the most carnivorous of all tree squirrels. They eat bird eggs and nestlings, insects, and other animal matter when available. Flying squirrels often occupy bird houses, especially bluebird houses.

General Biology, Reproduction, and Behavior
Fox and gray squirrels breed when they are 1 year old. They breed in mid-December or early January and again in June. Young squirrels may breed only once in their first year. The gestation period is 42 to 45 days.

During the breeding season, noisy mating chases take place when one or more males pursue a female through the trees.

They nest in tree cavities, human-made squirrel boxes, or in leaf nests. Leaf nests are constructed with a frame of sticks filled with dry leaves and lined with leaves, strips of bark, corn husks, or other materials. Survival of young in cavities is higher than in leaf nests. Cavities are the preferred nest sites.

About 3 young comprise a litter. At birth they are hairless, blind, and their ears are closed. Newborns weigh about 1/2 ounce (14 g) at birth and 3 to 4 ounces (84 to 112 g) at 5 weeks. Young begin to explore outside the nest about the time they are weaned at 10 to 12 weeks. At weaning they are about half of their adult weight.

Home range size depends on the season and availability of food. It may vary from 1 to 100 acres (0.4 to 40 ha). Squirrels move within their range according to availability of food. They often seek mast-bearing forests in fall and favor tender buds in elm and maple forests in the spring.

During fall, squirrels may travel 50 miles (80 km) or more in search of better habitat. Squirrel populations periodically rise and fall. During periods of high populations, squirrels—especially gray squirrels—may go on mass emigrations. At such times many animals die.

Fox and gray squirrels are vulnerable to numerous parasites and diseases. Ticks, mange mites, fleas, and internal parasites are common. Squirrel hunters often notice bot fly larvae (called “wolves” or “warbles”) protruding from the skin. These fly larvae do not impair the quality of the meat for eating.

Squirrels are a food source for hawks, owls, snakes, and several mammalian predators. Predation seems to have little effect on squirrel populations.

Typically about half the squirrels in a population die each year. In the wild, squirrels over 4 years old are rare, while in captivity individuals may live 10 years or more.

The biology of other North American squirrels has much in common with that of fox and gray squirrels, although most other species have one breeding season per year. Flying squirrels are unique in that they are active at night. All other species are active during the day.

Damage
Squirrels may occasionally damage forest trees by chewing bark from branches and trunks. Pine squirrels damage Ponderosa pine, jack pine, and paper birch. In the Southeast, fox squirrels damage loblolly and other pines.

These species and others may eat cones and nip twigs to the extent that they interfere with natural reseeding of important forest trees. This is a particular problem in Ponderosa pine forests where pine squirrels may remove 60% to 80% of the cones in poor to fair seed years. In forest seed orchards, such squirrel damage interferes with commercial seed production.

In nut orchards, squirrels can severely curtail production by eating nuts prematurely and by carrying off mature nuts. In New England fruit orchards, pine squirrels may eat ovaries of cherry blossoms and destroy ripe pears. Pine, gray, and fox squirrels may chew bark of various orchard trees. Squirrels sometimes travel power lines and short out transformers. They gnaw on wires, enter buildings, and build nests in attics. They frequently chew holes through pipelines used in maple syrup production.

Squirrels occasionally damage lawns by burying or searching for and digging up nuts. They will chew bark and clip twigs on ornamental trees or shrubbery planted in yards. Often squirrels take food at feeders intended for birds. Sometimes they chew to enlarge openings of bird houses and then enter to eat nestling songbirds. Flying squirrels are small enough to enter most bird houses and are especially likely to eat nesting birds.

In gardens, squirrels may eat planted seeds, mature fruits, or grains such as corn.

Legal Status
Fox and gray squirrels are usually classified as game animals in states where they occur. The tassel-eared squirrel is normally a protected species. Check with local or state authorities to determine legal status of squirrels in your area.

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