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Baby Squirrels, Oh My!
Baby Squirrels, Oh My!

Squirrel mother and baby

When spring is here, so are the baby squirrels. Grey squirrels, common in the Chicagoland area, have a breeding period in early spring (and another in mid-summer). The gestation period is usually 45 days, which means the first litter of 2024 will be arriving shortly. Females may give birth from one to nine babies at a time, though somewhere in the range of three to five is typical. Each baby squirrel is completely dependent on its mother for the first five to eight weeks of development and stays close to the nest during this time.

This is important to know because mama squirrels are quite protective of their young. New mothers seek protected areas to raise their babies, as the tree nests they use most of the year leave young susceptible to predators. It’s during birthing seasons that squirrels move closer to human homes, sometimes causing damage by chewing their way behind walls or in attics, sheds, and chimneys.

It’s also important to note that if homeowners find baby squirrels in any of these unwanted places, they probably haven’t been abandoned. It’s more likely that the mother is out gathering food, as they are excellent caretakers. After weaning, young begin to venture out with their mothers to find more natural shelters. This is a key consideration when attempting to block re-entry. If babies are trapped inside, the mother will do whatever she can to rescue them, possibly causing structural damage or attacking humans and pets.

It is best to call a professional to deal with baby squirrels and their parents. Plus, squirrels are protected by law in Illinois and can’t be trapped without a license. The wildlife removal specialists at Grizz Pest Management have the experience and knowledge to safely rid your home of pests and keep them from coming back. Contact us today!

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