Squirrel Control and Removal

Many types of squirrels live throughout Western New York, including tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels. Squirrels are often found in both residential and rural areas. Flying squirrels which are the only nocturnal species found in this area are not encountered as often as tree and ground squirrels, but they can nonetheless cause serious problems for homeowners.  This is why it is so important to have squirrel control and removal professionals on your side.


Tree squirrels generally grow between 1 and 2 feet in length and have long, bushy tails that provide them with the balance necessary to climb and leap among treetops. Their coats can vary in color but are mostly gray, black, or brown. Ground squirrels are usually red to smoky gray in color. Their tails are much shorter and thinner than those of tree squirrels due to their preference of ground dwelling and foraging. Flying squirrels are distinctively gray with lighter underbellies and dark black stripes along their sides. Flying squirrels do not actually fly but glide using the parachute like membrane that stretches from their wrist to ankle.


Both tree squirrels and ground squirrels eat nuts, seeds, grasses, roots, and other plant materials. As omnivores, they will not hesitate to take advantage of easily accessible food sources such as bird feeders and garbage. Flying squirrels are carnivorous and eat insects, birds, and eggs.


Tree squirrels and flying squirrels thrive in wooded areas with mature hardwood trees and abundant groundcover. They build nests out of twigs and leaves in tree branches or in hollowed tree cavities. Ground squirrels prefer to live in fields or open grassy areas, such as meadows or pastures, where they dig burrows and tunnel systems for themselves. All types of squirrels are known to invade yards and homes. They generally are searching for food while on your property however, attics and chimneys make ideal nesting sites for tree and flying squirrels keeping them away from the elements and potential predators.

Problems and Damage

Ground squirrels cause problems in rural areas by destroying crops or gardens. Their burrowing activities can undermine the soil, creating holes in the ground and weakening the foundation many structures are built on. Tree squirrels and flying squirrels become nuisances when they go after bird feeders, and they can cause damage to homes when they nest in chimneys and attics. All types of squirrels can cause health hazards when they urinate and defecate as well as bring parasites like ticks and fleas.  These parasites can carry harmful diseases so its imperative that you call a squirrel removal expert.  


Steps can be taken to make yards less attractive to squirrel populations. Thinning out dense branches, removing easily accessible food and water sources. Tightly seal all possible entrances, such as gaps around siding, vents, chimneys, windows, and roof lines is the best way to keep squirrels out of homes. If they are already inhabiting your home it is best to seek the aid of a professional wildlife control service. The experts at Witzend Wildlife are experienced in dealing with all types of nuisance squirrels and can help solve your problem.

If you need squirrel control and squirrel removal services for your home

Contact Witzend Wildlife Services today, or give us a call at (716) 982-3777.