THE SQUIRREL IN ILLINOIS

Three species of tree squirrels are common the the Northeast Illinois region. The Eastern Gray Squirrel, the Red Squirrel and the Fox Squirrel. All are small mammals characterized by a long, bushy tail, prominent ears, and long hind feet. None of the tree squirrels hibernate, but they do have periods of reduced activity during severe cold weather. Fox and gray squirrels have similar food requirements. In fall and winter, acorns, hickory nuts, osage orange fruit and walnuts are important food sources. In winter and early spring, squirrels may eat tree buds or bark if other food is scarce. Both fox and gray squirrels cache (store) food for later use by burying it. Fox, gray, and red squirrels are diurnal meaning that they are active during the day. All tree squirrels are active year round, although they will take shelter in their nests during extreme cold weather. Like most rodents, tree squirrels have a relatively short lifespan. Most live only a year or two. Hawks, owls, foxes and coyotes all depend on squirrels as a food source.

HABITAT

Fox squirrels are common throughout Illinois, even in urban areas. Loss of mature, wooded habitat has decreased the population of gray squirrel in Illinois, although they remain common throughout the state and are locally abundant in urban areas. Red squirrels are found only in the northeastern part of the state, particularly along the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers.

REPRODUCTION

Each squirrel species has two breeding seasons, one in winter and the other in late spring or early summer. Female fox and gray squirrels that are at least two years old have two litters per year, younger females have only one litter per year. Average litter size is two to four, with young weaned around eight weeks of age.

DISEASE

Tree squirrels in Illinois are not considered to be a public health concern. They can be carriers of various parasites, but none have serious public health implications.

EXCLUSION

Squirrels are excellent climbers and jumpers. They are well known as unwelcome guests at birdfeeders. Besides consuming seed, they may damage bird and wildlife feeders by chewing on them. They may also occasionally damage lawns when caching food for the winter. They will also sometimes damage garden plants, particularly corn. While inconvenient, these behaviors can usually be handled by modifying the habitat or excluding the squirrels. In urban areas, squirrels may cause substantial property damage when they chew through siding or enlarge openings to gain access to attics. Once inside a building they may do further damage if they chew on insulation or electric wiring. Squirrels may also cause power outages when they short out transformers. It will likely be necessary to use several techniques to control property damage by squirrels. Exclusion is typically the most effective method when dealing with squirrels.

SQUIRREL REMOVAL SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES

Nuisance Wildlife Control and Removal provides trapping, removal and remediation services in the following Illinois cities and villages: Addison, Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Coal Ciy, Crest Hill, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Darien, DeKalb, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Homer Glen, Hinsdale, Itasca, Joliet, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Lombard, Minooka, Montgomery, Morris, Naperville, New Lenox, North Aurora, Oakbrook, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Plainfield, Plano, Romeoville, Roselle, Sandwich, Schaumburg, Shorewood, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Prestbury, Tinley Park, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge and Yorkville.

Local Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews

Map of Orland Hills, IL

Birds in chimney





Map of Homer Glen, IL

Awesome all the way!!




Jerri was great caught all 3 racoons


Map of Joliet, IL

Owner




Great service


Map of Plainfield, IL

Great Service!




Jerry came out first thing the next morning after calling him late in the afternoon. He was very knowledgeable and friendly with a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend Nuisance Wildlife Trapping and will be calling Jerry for any future animal problems.


Map of Wilmington, IL

Very prompt and professional




Jerry did a Great job! He explained how our issue would be handled. His follow up after the trapping was complete was excellent as well. I highly recommend if you are in need of trapping services.


Map of Homewood, IL

Rescued from 9 skunks




Great service in removing the skunk family that had moved in under our doorstep. Very prompt response and made all trips necessary to be sure we were rid of all of them without any smelly mishaps.


Map of Plainfield, IL

great service




what a great experience..jerry not only caught my racoon..he contacted me every day to keep my updated.service like that us very hard to find. and a nice guy as well. 100% approval.... will call on him again ....


Map of Monee, IL

Owner




Great prompt service.


Map of Yorkville, IL

The Best Wildlife Trapping Service Period!




Called Jerry to have a raccoon removed he called me back within 5 minutes. He was almost half the cost of the other bids I received. He scheduled me in right away. Jerry is professional and extremely knowledgeable I wouldn't hire anybody else.


Response from Nuisance Wildlife Trapping:

It was a pleasure to assist you Gary. Thank you for your business.


Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 4 trapped and removed.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 trapped and removed .

Near Arthur Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 5 successfully trapped and removed.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 successfully trapped and removed .

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunks number 3 and 4 successfully trapped and removed at residence .

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Adult male skunk trapped and removed.

Near Thornapple Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Inspecting property for skunk den.

Near Forest Rd, Hinsdale, IL 60521