Squirrel in Home
Greetings: We have a squirrel that was in the attic/walls, etc. I placed a one-way door and excluded the squirrel and also prevented the squirrel from returning by blocking off its entry points. The squirrel is now frantic and wants to get back in. I have excluded other squirrels and they seemed to have just gone on their way, but this is different. I am thinking they may have babies in there. As such, I have opened back up the area and allowed it back in for now. My questions are:1) if I am correct, how long should I wait until I try to exclude again; 2) is there a way to know when the babies are gone; and 3) am I asking the correct questions? Thanks, Rick
Sorry for the delayed response. Your inquiry has been assigned to a series of various Experts who are unavailable at this time.
“Living with Wildlife in generally a useful resource but, the document re “Tree Squirrels” contains various non-specific statements such as “Depending on the species, tree squirrels mate from early winter to late spring. One litter of two to four young is produced from March to June. . . . All except flying and western gray squirrels may produce second litters in August or September. All except flying and western gray squirrels may produce second litters in August or September.” Even so, you may find other statements which are more useful. (https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/tree_squirrels.html#attic)
Consider contacting the Marion County Extension Service office as they may have the facts you need. Contact information is available on their website: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/marion.
Anther option is to hire a Certified Wildlife Trapper who will have the necessary answers. A list of such persons is at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/license_permits_apps/wildlife_control_operator_contacts.asp.
Thank you for considering the welfare of our wild neighbors.