Squirrels, Opossums and Raccoons

Squirrels, Opossums and Raccoons

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Common Georgia Squirrel Problems
Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in Georgia. Members of the rodent family, they spend most of their lives in trees. Nests in the trees are easy to see in Winter, when the nest leaves have turned brown, however the nests they make inside the attics of homes are usually not seen, but are a lot more trouble.squirrel control

Squirrels mate in the Winter, when you can see males chasing females up and down trees. Once they've mated, both participate in building their nest. Eastern Gray Squirrels have two litters per year, one in Spring, then another in late Summer. Nesting in attics in homes has become a great problem in our area recently. Not only do they create a nuisance as they travel in and around up there, their gnawing on wires, chewing holes, and scattering insulation can create costly damage. Occasionally, squirrels will even short out a transformer as they travel power lines running to and from their new home.

Flying Squirrels are nocturnal, and rarely seen by homeowners. However, as they are very social animals, they can very easily be heard. Although they are great "flyers", they do spend a small part of their time on the ground, foraging for fungi, insects, and ground level berries. They will also store nuts in small holes in the ground. Flying squirrels will use several nest types, including seeking refuge in our homes.

Flying squirrels are known to be vectors of only one type of disease, a form of typhus.
That's not to say that they can't contract rabies, it is just extremely rare. In transmitting disease to humans,body lice are the key ingredient. The lice become infected when they take a blood meal from the squirrel, then shed the organisms in their feces.

Contact with the feces, and then our eyes, or places where we have scratched, allow the disease to be transmitted to us.

Opossums and Raccoons

Opossums are North America's only marsupials. They are about the size of a cat, with grayish black fur, a pink nose, and a pink tail. They are nocturnal, generally slow-moving, and when startled, will sometimes fall into a shocked state, also known as "playing possum". When frightened, they will hiss and growl, showing their teeth, creating quite a disturbing look to an unsuspecting person.

They will eat almost anything, including insects, rodents, berries, fruits, grasses, snakes, eggs, and vegetables. They are often a nuisance when the startle the unsuspecting homeowner who walks up on them as they dine on the pet food, put out near the door. They will also help themselves to garbage if access is available for them.

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Raccoons

Not the choosy feeder, raccoons will eat almost anything—fish, mice, insects, stolen eggs, and human trash. Raccoons sometimes "wash" their food, rapidly dunking it in water before eating. Their "bandit" mask and their feeding habits, support their thief reputation completely. Raccoons can be found anywhere from marshes to cities.

These ring-tailed animals are equally opportunistic when it comes to choosing a place to den. They may inhabit a tree hole, fallen log, or a even your house's attic. Raccoon droppings are crumbly, flat-ended, and can contain a variety of food items. The length is 3 to 5 inches, but this is usually broken into segments. The diameter is about the size of the end of your little finger. These droppings can be dangerous to humans, carrying a parasite known as raccoon roundworms. These roundworms are not harmful to raccoons, but can cause serious illness in animals and humans. Don't handle the droppings or contact soil areas where they've been dropped as roundworm eggs can remain alive for several months.

Raccoons act as a resevior for rabies in the United States. If a human is bitten by a raccoon (or any wildlife) the animal should be regarded as rabid. The raccoon should be humanely euthanized and the brain tested for rabies. If human exposure occurs, it should always be reported to the local or state health department. Bites or scratches should be thoroughly washed immediately. A bite to a human requires the initiation of post-exposure prophylaxis.

If you have raccoons that favor your home and lawn, don't feed them. If they become a nuisance, or if you notice them acting oddly, please call for help. Pronto offers trapping, removal and relocation services for Raccoons.