Squirrel mating season happens twice a year, once in winter (December – February) and then again in late summer (June – August). With the gestation period lasting 30 to 50 days, baby squirrels are usually born between March and April, and a second litter around August and September.
How Many Babies Do Squirrels Have?
A female squirrel typically gives birth to 3 to 5 babies, called kits. However, we have also seen litter sizes of 8 to 12 babies. Baby squirrels are entirely dependent on their mother. The kits are kept safe by their mother and will stay with her for 10 to 12 weeks before venturing off on their own.
Squirrels in the Attic, Chimney, and House
During the birthing season, new mother squirrels will look for a safe place to nest and raise their babies. A squirrel’s typical tree nest leaves young exposed to predators. Therefore, squirrels will often take up residence in manmade structures, particularly in peoples’ attics, chimneys, walls, and sheds. While they may be cute, squirrels are nosy and can cause serious damage to your insulation, walls, and electrical wires.
Signs of Squirrels
Scratching noises in the attic or walls
Damaged soffits, fascia, woodwork from squirrels chewing
Squirrel nests made from shredded insulation, leaves, twigs
Strong foul odors
Milwaukee Squirrel Removal
If homeowners notice any of these signs, it is best to contact your local pest professional – Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control – to humanely and safely remove nuisance squirrels. Our company specializes in humane wildlife removal in the Milwaukee area and southeastern Wisconsin. Our wildlife specialists safely remove and relocate the mother squirrels and her babies 30 miles away from your residence.
Squirrels are creatures of habit. If their nest is safe and intact, a mother squirrel will reuse the nest year after year. Our professionals can also repair any damage caused by the problem animal and install heavy-duty chimney caps or vent covers to prevent future wildlife problems. Have squirrels in your house? Give us a call today at (262) 242-4390, or send us a message.