Fans of their backyard antics call them nature’s acrobats. Their detractors call them tree rats. Love them or hate them, squirrels are one of the most common wildlife species in New Jersey. New Jersey pest control experts say northern New Jersey is home to two squirrel species: the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel.
- Gray-furred, bushy-tailed and from 6 to 8 inches long (not counting its plumed tail), the Eastern Gray Squirrel is the more common of this rodent species. It is frequently observed raiding backyard bird feeders and digging holes in gardens to bury nuts or feast on flower bulbs.
- Rarely seen because of its nocturnal lifestyle, the Southern Flying Squirrel is only 4 inches long and has no tail. It glides among the trees by stretching open folds of skin under its front limbs.
Persistent and crafty, squirrels create a serious problem when they nest in New Jersey attics. Squirrels can carry rabies and harbor numerous parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites and worms. If these rodents find a way into your attic, they bring these pests with them, exposing your family and pets to possible harm. They will also foul insulation and any items stored in your attic with their feces and urine.
Squirrels can cause considerable damage with their large, sharp teeth. Like all rodents, a squirrel’s teeth grow continuously. They gnaw constantly to keep their teeth sharp and at the correct size. Squirrels do considerable damage and even kill landscape trees, gnawing off long strips of bark to expose and eat the tender wood beneath. Squirrels have also been known to gnaw right through roofing tiles and wood soffits to gain access to attics. New Jersey pest control experts note this is a particular problem in the fall when squirrels are seeking warm winter shelter and a safe place to raise their young. Learn more about our wildlife control services, or contact our New Jersey squirrel control professionals today.