A female squirrel built a nest under the hood of a car, rusulting in over 3,000 dollars in damage.
Squirrel Description- Squirrels have inhabited every part of North America, and with their vast presence comes elevated levels of reported damage to personal property. Here in Chicagoland we have the eastern grey squirrel, fox squirrel, and flying squirrel. Squirrels are considered rodents so their front incisor teeth will continually grow throughout their life. Due to their growing teeth they have developed maintenance urges to chew on materials that keep them wore to a desirable size. They often chew on personal property such as: vehicle wires, metal flashing, lead sewer breather pipes, vents, wood shake shingles, vinyl, vehicle wires, electrical wires, wood products and much more. Squirrels are diurnal (active during the day) and can be seen in most parts of Illinois.
Reproduction- When conditions are right, female squirrels can have up to two litters per year. Winter mating begins around March - April, and if conditions are supportive, females will again mate in late June -July. Litter sizes vary but average 3-4 young. We have noticed that females are particularily quiet during nest preparation and when caring for her young. It's understood that this allows her to reduce being noticed by predators which increases her babies chances of survival.
Habitat- Squirrels live in trees, attics, flower pots, grills, bushes, fireplaces, etc. If squirrels move into your attic, you can expect to hear the high energy pitter patter of their feet, heavy and intense scratching, and vocal noises. Reported squirrel problems are greatest in the fall, winter, and spring. Summer climates make attics hot and mostly undesirable. Squirrels take up residence predominantly in deciduos trees during the warm months. Exceptions always apply and should you hear or suspect activity don't hesitate to call.
Solutions- Most professions agree that removing problem squirrels are the quickest way to resolve these damages from compounding and reoccurring. In addition to removing the problem squirrels, it's recommended that preventative measures be used to eliminate future squirrels from inflicting similar damage.