What do squirrels look like?

little red squirrel in the east end of long island

There are several types of squirrels in New York and though they vary in color and size, all squirrels have bushy tails, strong legs, and sharp claws.

Squirrel behaviors

Squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours. They are always searching for food or storing food for the winter. Squirrels eat fruit, bark, nuts, seeds, buds, leaves, bulbs, and insects.  If conditions are right, squirrels will move into attics, eaves, and soffits of any structure.

Are squirrels are dangerous?

It is best to avoid contact with squirrels as they are carriers of disease including rabies.  They also introduce mites, fleas, and ticks which contribute to the spread of Lyme disease in New York.  Squirrels will also cause damage to insulation, rafters, and electric wires as well as furniture and personal belongings. 

Can Suburban help with a squirrel problem?

Yes! We have a team dedicated to wildlife control on Long Island and are ready to help you get rid of squirrels in the attic or wherever else they may be in your home or structure.  Schedule a free estimate or contact us to discuss your pest problem in more detail.

Squirrel prevention tips

  • Seal any openings along the roofline or elsewhere on the structure.
  • Install a chimney cap.
  • Trim branches that hang over the roof.
  • Remove bird feeders.
  • Keep garage doors closed when not in use.

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