Squirrels like to chew holes through siding and store food stuffs inside.
Squirrel Related Fire Hazards
Sometimes the noises you hear are squirrels in your attic or traveling in heating ducts and vents. Squirrels can also chew through wiring running through your attic, creating a potentially serious fire hazard. Getting rid of squirrels in your attic before they can infest your home will help you avoid a lot of damage and unnecessary expense. Squirrels can be very destructive, digging & tearing up plants, stealing bulbs, raiding bird feeders and if they move in with you can cause extensive property damage requiring fast squirrel removal.
Squirrels are talented climbers and can squeeze through tiny holes.
Squirrels, usually have a gestation period of around 40 days. They give birth to an average of 2 to 7 babies sometime around mid March-April. The young leave the nest about 6 weeks after birth and a second litter is born in late August-early September.
Species of Squirrel found in Michigan
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Usually grey with a white belly but can also be black. Grey Squirrel are around 10 inches in length (minus the tail) and weigh about 1.5 pounds. The least social of Michigan's tree squirrels.
Buff coat, tawny brown back and orange colored belly. Grows 10 to 15 inches in length (minus the tail) and weighs about 2.5 pounds. Prefer small woodlots with mature trees.
Reddish brown coat with clear white outline around the eyes. Small shy squirrel that prefers to stay in the forest around conifers.
Northern Flying Squirrel
Light brown with light belly and 10 to 15 inches in length (minus the tail). They are nocturnal and live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Upper Lower Peninsula.
Southern Flying Squirrel
Grey brown back with darker flanks and light colored belly. Smaller than Northern Flying Squirrels, Southern Flying Squirrels are also nocturnal and rarely seen.