While their diet primarily consists of nuts, fruits, seeds, and vegetation, during the early spring when much of this isn’t yet available this species will consume meats, eggs, small birds, snakes as well as other rodents. Squirrels are obviously clever and will often find ways to obtain food that other rodents would not usually be able to access, such as eating out of bird feeders situated high off the ground or digging up seeds, nuts, and bulbs which were located by their excellent little noses. They are also curious 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 sources of food. These rodents can be trained to be hand fed and often are considered a suitable pet inside the home if raised from a really young age. A few college campuses have even started a sport called squirrel fishing; a sport in which you attach a peanut into a string and a stick and see just how far the squirrel could be lifted off the floor before releasing his snack. Others consider squirrels a viable food source throughout the United States; they are high in cholesterol and possess a strong gamey taste.
Squirrels build nests in which to live, and these may often be seen both high in trees and burrowed inside the floor. In squirrel infested areas that border residential houses they will also find attics and basements appropriate living environments; and they will often put to use substances found within the home to build their nest. Power outages are also occasionally on account of the curious creature wandering across a grounded power line and brushing against a transformer, and double this species has been demonstrated 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 grow to be very territorial during mating season (or after giving birth) and a quiet attic can frequently become the perfect hideout for these creatures. The simplest way to prevent an infestation is to prevent entry in the first place by sealing up any holes or other entryways that would normally go unnoticed. In northern areas it is also important not to forget the chimney; using their excellent climbing ability squirrels can descend right down it.