Squirrels

The most common squirrels in Georgia and especially Appling County, Wayne County, Jeff Davis County, Bacon County, Tatnall County, and Pierce County are the gray squirrel and the flying squirrel. Both of these animals spend much of their time in trees, attics, and other high places, but there are some differences. Gray squirrels are acrobats. They use their excellent balance to walk along tree branches and utility lines to get into buildings. They also can also climb vertically on trees, shingles, asphalt, and most exterior building materials. They often get into houses through chimneys or roof vents, or by gnawing at existing holes. Their aerial skills make squirrel removal a challenge.

A squirrel’s diet consists mainly of nuts, and their powerful jaws and sharp teeth can chew holes through wood, siding, and other building materials, often causing serious damage to both the building and any belonglings in it. Squirrels also increase the risk of fire by gnawing on electrical wires. This is of special concern in Southeast  Georgia.

Squirrels also pose health risks because of their urine, droppings, shed fur, and disease causing parasites. Dead squirrels can cause odors, and their corpses provide a breeding place for flies and other disease vectors when they die in wall and ceiling voids, soffits, and other inaccessible areas.