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Eastern Gray Squirrels are grayish-brown rodents that live in forests, city parks and other forest areas east of the Mississippi River, the range of their habitat spanning from Florida to Canada. Eastern Gray Squirrels are excellent climbers and rarely fall or injure themselves.

Feeding Habits

Squirrels consume about 1-1/2 pounds of food per week, mostly nuts, seeds, grains and fruit from trees or shrubs and acorns. When this food is not available, they will live on berries, flowers (including buds) tree bark, mushrooms, roots, and even small animals and bird eggs.


Female squirrels produce 1 or 2 litters per year depending on food supplies. The first litter is born around February – March and the second litter is born in May – June. Females will give birth to between 1 and 6 young, with the average litter size of 2 to 4 young. Juvenile females that were born during the winter breeding season may reproduce and give birth to their first litter the following summer.

The 1/2 ounce hairless babies are born with their eyes and ears closed and with no teeth. Their ears open after 3 weeks, followed by the eyes at 5 weeks. At 5 weeks old, the young squirrels grow about 1 inch per week and at 7 weeks old they start to feed on solid foods. Their teeth start to come in at 3 weeks of age and are well-developed by the 10th weeks. At 8 weeks old the young squirrels begin to venture outside the nest and feed on tree buds, bark and any other substance they can put in their mouth.

What Damage Can a Gray Squirrel Do to a Home?

It is very common for Maryland homeowners to have a squirrel infestation at least once during the ownership of a home. Eastern Gray Squirrels are rodents and must constantly chew to keep their front teeth from overgrowing. Often they will chew through support beams and wall joists, causing structural damage. Many homeowners discover they have a squirrel infestation after water damage has occurred due to rain coming through the squirrel’s entry point. Not only will Eastern Gray Squirrels urinate and defecate all through your attic insulation, but they will also rip the insulation apart rendering it useless.

If you have a problem with Eastern Gray Squirrels, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our Wildlife Control Technicians.

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