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Southern flying squirrels have grey brown fur on top with darker flanks and are a cream color underneath. They have large dark eyes and a flattened tail. They have a furry membrane called a patagium that extends between the front and rear legs and is used to glide through the air.
Southern Flying squirrels can be a nuisance once they are in your attic space. If you think you have noises in the attic and can not explain the noise it may be a southern flying squirrel. Like all rodents a flying squirrel in the attic will chew on anything they can including your electrical work.
If you are hearing noises in the attic call our wildlife pro for an inspection!
The gray squirrel in Houston, Texas is more of a nuisance than the fox squirrel, and it is more likely to be found in groups. It is faster, and its agility and nervousness have given it a second name – cat squirrel. leaping from limb to limb and branch to branch. It also checks on its surroundings more often than the fox squirrel does.
Like other squirrels in Houston, Texas, it has large eyes set on the sides of its head that allow it to see all around with little movement of its head. It can see above and below, an evolution aspect well suited for life in the trees where danger can come from the ground, through the air, or along a nearby limb, electric lines. Squirrels also have a yellow filter in their eye lenses to help reduce glare and enhance contrast in low-light conditions to improve vision.
Choice areas for gray squirrels Houston, Texas include the swamp like areas of trees and along streams and the dense bottom land forests with second-growth hardwood, vines, and other plants. Few gray squirrels are found in upland forests preferred by the fox squirrel. Like the fox squirrel, gray squirrels build leaf nests, usually with two openings, when hollow tree dens, home attics or chimney are not available. They breed throughout the year, but breeding peaks occur in July-September and December-February. The helpless young are born forty to forty-five days later . They remain in the nest for about six weeks and in family groups for a month or so after they begin foraging for themselves. By the time they are six months old, they are almost adult size, and they are ready to produce young of their own when they are a year old.
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There are many species of squirrels in Texas, but the one with the most widely found is the fox squirrel. It prefers an open, park like woodland area where large trees shade the forest floor and prevent the under-brush from growing, but it can evolve to a variety of forest habitats. It is most abundant in the eastern side of the state. Since a fox squirrel ranges over an area of at least ten acres during any one season and may cover forty acres during a year's time, the territories of several often can tend to overlap or cause over population. It is not uncommon for squirrels to share winter food supplies.
Older females usually breed twice a year (January-February and again in May-June), but the younger females breed only once. Hollow trees are preferred den sites and your home or business, but if none is available the fox squirrel will build an outside nest from twigs and leaves cut from the tree.
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There are a few problems that squirrel cause in homes and business in the greater Houston, Texas area. Most of our calls are for squirrels in the attic, squirrels nesting in the attic, chimney and eaves of a home.
Squirrels are part of the rodent species and cause many of the same issues caused by rats and mice in Houston, TX. Rodents such as the squirrel have teeth that continually grow and they tend to chew on anything they can. This includes siding, soffit, eaves, gable vents, screens in the gable vent to gain entry into a home or business and worst of all your electrical wiring in the business or home, in fat rodents such as mice, rat and squirrel cause attic fires because of these actions.
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