Do Squirrels Hibernate in the Winter

Do Squirrels Hibernate in the Winter?

Squirrels do not hibernate in the winter. They are simply less active. In the fall, they prepare for cold weather by burying nuts and gaining as much weight as possible. They also build nests in the trees so they can stay warm. In some cases, they will share their nests with other squirrels and stay there for a few days at a time. But squirrels get hungry. You’ll find them running around during every month of the year. Give us a call if you are in need of squirrel removal services or exclusion.

Squirrels are common all over the world. There are lots of varieties, but when people talk about squirrels, they are usually referring to tree squirrels. The two most common species in Ontario are the grey squirrel and the red squirrel. The grey squirrel is the largest, with black or grey fur and long, bushy tails. Red squirrels are small, with rusty red fur and shorter tails. They’re also more common in coniferous forests and quieter areas. Both species of squirrel are omnivores that feed mostly on nuts, plants, and insects. Naturally, they nest in trees, but they are not strangers to nesting in attics.

Signs of a Squirrel Problem

Squirrels nesting in the attic often make a lot of noise. If you hear scratching, rustling, squeaking, or any other suspicious activity happening in the attic, there might be squirrels. Squirrels are most active at sunrise and at sunset. They are not active at night. Squirrels in the attic may also have left a visible hole somewhere on the roof. If you can reach the attic, you might notice a bad smell and find a nest in the insulation. A prolonged problem will cause more damage to the attic and risks staining the ceiling below, with urine.

Though squirrels are mostly harmless, they will cause extensive damage to the attic if they get inside. To prevent this, keep your attic in good repair and cover roof vents with the help of a professional. If you do suspect that there are squirrels in your home, contact a local wildlife removal company for help. A technician can inspect the situation, find where the animals are coming from, then remove them safely. Technicians have the training and the safety equipment required to get the job done right. In most cases, they use a one-way door to let the animals leave on their own. Once out, they replace the door with a squirrel-proof material.

Contact us for affordable wildlife removal in Burlington. We have the skills and expertise to get rid of squirrels safely. Our services are humane and highly effective. You can trust us to remove animals with no harm done. To help ensure that they never come back, we offer high quality exclusion services that come with a 2-year warranty. That means that if squirrels get back inside the attic, we will return and fix the problem. Call us today if you have any questions or if you’d like to book an inspection.