In the lush landscapes of Gainesville, Florida, it’s common to encounter our furry neighbors scurrying through yards or darting across trees. At Superior Wildlife Services, we’re here to shed light on the surprisingly fascinating squirrel and what to do if they’re holed up where they shouldn’t be – like your attic!

Meet the Squirrels of Gainesville:

Squirrels are ubiquitous in North Central Florida, including Gainesville, where they find ample food and shelter in our urban and suburban environments. Here are a few facts about these nimble rodents as they relate to our region:

1. Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis): The Eastern Gray Squirrel is the most common species found in Gainesville and throughout North Central Florida. Recognizable by their gray fur and bushy tails, these adaptable creatures are skilled climbers and can often be seen bounding from tree to tree in search of food.

2. Habitat and Behavior: Squirrels are arboreal creatures, meaning they primarily inhabit trees. However, they are also adept at navigating urban landscapes and can be found nesting in attics, eaves, and even chimneys. In Gainesville, they may seek refuge in oak, pine, and cypress trees, as well as in parks and wooded areas.

3. Nutrition and Foraging: Squirrels have voracious appetites and are known for their fondness for nuts, seeds, fruits, and berries. In Gainesville, they may raid bird feeders or pilfer from fruit trees, much to the frustration of homeowners.

4. Reproduction: Squirrels typically breed twice a year, with litters born in late winter or early spring and mid-summer. This reproductive cycle can lead to increased squirrel activity in residential areas as they search for nesting sites and food for their young.

Dealing with Nuisance Squirrels

While squirrels are cute and can be delightful to observe, they can quickly become a nuisance when they take up residence in our homes or cause property damage. At that point, there’s no choice but to contact animal control or wildlife service professionals. Fortunately, Superior Wildlife offers premiere, humane animal control and squirrel removal for Gainesville and beyond. Keep in mind that we DO NOT rescue or shelter injured animals.

If you find yourself facing a squirrel-related dilemma, give us a call at (352) 514-7438! Our experienced team can safely and humanely remove squirrels from your property and implement preventative measures to deter future infestations. We’ll even assist in preventing such a headache from ever happening again on your property!

By understanding the behavior and habits of squirrels in Gainesville and knowing how to respond to encounters with these creatures, we can foster coexistence while minimizing conflicts. At Superior Wildlife Services, we’re dedicated to helping our community navigate wildlife issues with compassion and expertise. If you’re facing a squirrel-related challenge or have questions about wildlife removal, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Together, we can ensure a harmonious balance between humans and wildlife in our beautiful corner of Florida.