What do Squirrels look like?

Here in Upstate New York, squirrels are a common wildlife problem for homeowners. There are a few species of squirrels that reside in our region including:

Squirrels vary in color and size but they are easily distinguished from chipmunks in their larger, stouter appearance, bushy tails and lack of dorsal stripes ( the stripes that run the length of a chipmunk’s back).

Having trouble with Squirrels?

Are squirrels dangerous?

When squirrels enter homes and businesses, there is cause for concern. Like mice and rats, squirrels damage insulation, create fire hazards by chewing on electrical wires, leave behind unsightly and damaging droppings and urine and are likely to damage building materials and personal possessions. What’s more, squirrels may introduce fleas and other mites into the dwelling and if they die in your dwelling, odor problems are likely to result.

Why do I have a squirrel problem?

Squirrels scurry across tree branches and utility that touches or connects to your structure. If they can find an opening they are likely to seek refuge inside. And even if there is no hole, they may very well make one by chewing through eves and attacking other areas on the exterior. Their breeding season is March through May so they are likely to seek out shelter in your home in order to do so.

How do you get rid of squirrels?

If you have squirrels in the attic or they’ve found their way inside somewhere else, contact Thomas Pest Services for comprehensive wildlife removal services. Available in Albany, Clifton Park and throughout our service area, our trained professionals will inspect your property and structure; identify conducive conditions favorable to squirrels and other wildlife, determine the severity of the problem and devise a wildlife removal program that will get rid of squirrels, clean and repair damage caused by them and prevent future squirrel problems. Contact Thomas Pest Services for squirrel control today!

Squirrel prevention tips

To prevent squirrels from entering your home or structure the same advice for other wildlife applies, you should:


  • Seal any openings on the exterior of the dwelling.
  • Repair any loose shingles or fascia boards.
  • Cap chimneys and install mesh covers over vent.
  • Trim back trees branches so they don’t touch rooftops.
  • Remove bird feeders and other food sources outside; this includes pet food kept outdoors.
  • Store trash in durable garbage cans with tight-fitting, secure lids.

At the first sign of a squirrel problem, contact Thomas Pest Services. We provide wildlife removal services in Albany, Saratoga as well as the Capital District and the Adirondack region and can help you address a squirrel infestation quickly and efficiently.

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