While their diet primarily consists of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetation, during the early spring as much of this isn’t yet available this species will consume meats, eggs, small birds, snakes and even other rodents. Squirrels are naturally clever and will often discover ways to obtain food that other rodents would not usually be able to access, such as eating out of bird feeders located high off the ground or digging up seeds, seeds, and bulbs that were found by their excellent little noses. They’re also inquisitive by nature and will readily explore new areas for a suitable den.
Squirrels over time have learned to cohabitate with people and within many public parks and universities view us as ample resources of food. These rodents can be trained to be hand fed and often are considered a suitable pet within the home if raised from a very young age. A few college campuses have even began a game called squirrel fishing; a sport in which you attach a peanut into a string and a stick and see just how much the Shrimp could be lifted off the floor before releasing his bite. Others believe squirrels a viable food source throughout the United States; they are high in cholesterol and possess a strong gamey flavor.
Squirrels build nests in which to live, and these may often be spotted equally high in trees and burrowed within the ground. In squirrel infested regions that border residential homes they will also find attics and basements appropriate living environments; and they will often put to use materials found inside the home to construct their nest. Power outages are also sometimes on account of the curious animal wandering across a grounded power line and brushing against a transformer, and double this species has been proven to topple even the mighty NASDAQ stock market.
Keeping squirrels out of your house can often prove difficult for the average homeowner, particularly if there’s a large population of them nearby. This species can become very territorial during mating season (or after giving birth) and a silent attic can often become the ideal hideout for these creatures. The simplest way to prevent an infestation is to prevent entry in the first place by sealing up any openings or other entryways which would normally go unnoticed. In northern areas it is also important not to overlook the chimney; using their exceptional climbing ability squirrels can descend right down it.