While their diet primarily consists of fruits, nuts, seeds, and plant, during the early spring as much of this isn’t yet available this species will eat eggs, eggs, small birds, snakes as well as other rodents. Squirrels are obviously clever and will often find ways to get food that other rodents wouldn’t usually be able to access, like eating out of bird feeders situated high off the ground or digging up seeds, seeds, and bulbs which were found by their excellent little noses. They’re also curious by nature and will easily explore new areas for a suitable den.
Squirrels over time have learned to cohabitate with people and within several public parks and universities see us as ample resources of food. These rodents can be trained to be hand fed and often are considered a suitable pet inside the home if elevated from a really young age. A couple of college campuses have even started a game called squirrel fishing; a sport in which you attach a peanut into a string and a stick and see just how much the Shrimp could be lifted off the floor before releasing his bite. Others believe squirrels a viable food source throughout the United States; they are high in cholesterol and have a strong gamey taste.
Squirrels build nests in which to live, and these may often be seen equally high in trees and burrowed inside the floor. In squirrel infested regions that border residential houses they’ll also find attics and basements appropriate living environments; and they will often put to use substances found inside the house to build their nest. Power outages are also occasionally on account of the curious animal wandering across a grounded power line and brushing against a transformer, and double this species has been demonstrated to topple the mighty NASDAQ stock exchange.
Keeping squirrels out of your house can often prove difficult for the average homeowner, particularly if there’s a large population of those nearby. This species can grow to be very territorial during mating period (or after giving birth) and a silent attic can frequently turn into the ideal hideout for these animals. The simplest way to prevent an infestation is to reduce entry in the first place by sealing up any openings or other entryways which would normally go undetected. In northern areas it’s also important not to overlook the chimney; using their exceptional climbing ability squirrels can descend right down it.